UAF Campus hosts politicians, historians and journalists for a weekend of Alaskan history
Jason Hersey/Sun Star Reporter
March 26, 2013
Last weekend, Mar. 21-23, you might have seen some familiar and political faces on campus from the “100 years of Representative Government in Alaska.” The History, Political Science and Northern Studies departments worked together to host the event which brought elected officials and prominent figures from the press to celebrate the event.
Ground-breaking at the governor’s mansion began in Juneau in 1912 when Alaska was still a territory. Since then the first state government session in was held in 1959, Alaska has built a government, a sprawling infrastructure, a pipeline, expanded national parks, native rights, forced a scoundrel governor out, and are looking ahead to what will sustain Alaska in the future.
Many key figures of Alaska’s history attended the event. Current and former legislators, including our own Chancellor, former governors, prominent figures from the press and signers of the Alaska state constitution told through panel discussions, presentations and Q&A sessions, stories of how the government has changed over these years.
Events started Thursday and continued through the weekend until Saturday. The crowd of students, professors, journalists and politicians made their way around campus to events at Schaible auditorium, the Wood Center and the Geophysical Institute.