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Tundra Talks is all about involving the community in discussions on some of the most important issues in Alaska.
- share related experiences among community members through discussion
- engage our community in meaningful communication/ discussion
- welcome the Mat-Su Valley community to the college: encourage familiarity with MSC’s people and facilities
- develop a feeling of community through networking and shared service
Tundra Talks Then: Last Year
Last year, we started the presentation sequence with a book (Jeanne Laskas’ Hidden America). The text examined some of the hidden parts of American society—such as migrant workers, oil rig workers, and coal miners—to remind Americans of the people we often do not see behind the
modern conveniences we count on. Instead of focusing on America, Tundra Talks focused on the hidden industry and people in Alaska and in the Valley. We invited historians, professors of
mining, oil industry experts, and farm-to- table experts in the area to discuss what was happening in Alaska and how it has changed over the years.
Tundra Talks Now: This Year
This year, our topic is Alaska: The Great Land. We’re not using a book; instead, we’re focusing on films and presentations. We want to explore what makes our state and local area unique and to celebrate that uniqueness. We’ll be looking at winter sports, nature’s bounty, and Alaskan farming industry, ending with “Alaskcape,” our presentations and demonstrations on topics important to Alaska! We’re inviting many different people to speak on anything from Government Peak development and animal migration to harvesting honey or growing apples in Alaska. We hope you join us!
- 23 Feb. 2017, 6-8 pm: Nature’s Bounty in Alaska, Panel Presentations, Mat-Su College, FSM 204. The theme for February is “Nature’s Bounty,” with focuses on the wonderful resources we have in Alaska. It looks at things like subsistence, wildlife photography, etc. Presenters will include the following:
- Frank Flavin, professional wildlife photographer: Wildlife Photography
- June Pardue, Mat-Su College Native Cultural Club: “Subsistence in Alaska”
- Palmer Musk Ox Farm: “Musk Ox in Alaska”
- 9 Feb. 2017, 6-8 pm: Nature’s Bounty in Alaska, Movie Night, Mat-Su College, FSM 204
- Film Night: Thursday, March 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m., FSM 204.
- Presentation Night: Thursday, March 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m., FSM 204.
- Focus: gardening, poultry keeping, greenhouses
- Event: Thursday, April 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m., FSM 204.
- Focus: how-to demonstrations and discussions on many things that will help get you ready for summer!
Snowmachining in the Mat-Su – Presentation from: Winter Fun Tundra Talks
Tundra Talks started two years ago when five Mat-Su College English Department faculty members began working on a community service project that we hoped would be relevant to and attract the interest of the MSC campus and the larger Mat-Su Valley community. Our goal is to create a venue for discussion of key questions and concerns our community faces—and, at times, to simply celebrate Alaska and its abundance of resources.
Need to contact us?
Dr. Sheri Ann Denison
Assoc Professor of English
Phone: 907-745- 9786
Dr. Joan O’Leary
Professor of English
Phone: 907-745- 9753
Dr. Deborah Fox
Assoc Professor of English
Phone: 907-745- 9780
Dr. Galina Peck
Assoc Professor of College Prep &
Phone: 907-745- 9734
Dr. Kim Bloomstrom
Assist Professor of Counseling
Phone: 907-745- 9762
Office of Academic Affairs
Phone: 907-745- 9775
Past Tundra Talks
- Presentation: Thursday, January 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m., FSM 204.
- Focus: Government Peak, skiing, and snow machining in Alaska
- Ed Strabel, Government Peak community enthusiast and advocate
- George Hoden, Land Management Specialist for the Mat-Su Borough
- Neil Fox, snowmachine enthusiast and Citizen Advisory Board for State Recreation member