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.

(L) Rep. Willie Hensley, the current Visiting Distinguished Professor at UAA, discusses the breadth of programs he helped establish during his time in the Alaska Legislature. March 23, 2013. Brady Gross/Sun Star

(L) Rep. Willie Hensley, the current Visiting Distinguished Professor at UAA, discusses the breadth of programs he helped establish during his time in the Alaska Legislature. March 23, 2013. Brady Gross/Sun Star

“We don’t give a damn how they do it outside”: Panel discusses history of legislature in Alaska by Brady Gross

Willie Hensley speaks to a young and old crowd in the Wood Center multi-level lounge on March 22, 2013. Hensley served in the Alaska Senate in the 60's and founded much of the Native rights movements in Alaska. Jason Hersey/Sun Star

Willie Hensley speaks to a young and old crowd in the Wood Center multi-level lounge on March 22, 2013. Hensley served in the Alaska Senate in the 60’s and founded much of the Native rights movements in Alaska. Jason Hersey/Sun Star

Former senator Willie Hensley delivers keynote address by Jason Hersey

Alaska writer and UAF Political Science Professor Jerry McBeath (right) asks for a response to former Alaska Representative Sally Smith (left) during the panel on March 23, 2013.  Smith represented Fairbanks during the mid 1970's.

Alaska writer and UAF Political Science Professor Jerry McBeath (right) asks for a response to former Alaska Representative Sally Smith (left) during the panel on March 23, 2013. Smith represented Fairbanks during the mid 1970’s.

Panel discusses legislative history by Jason Hersey

 

Mike Doogan discusses his experiences as a journalist in Alaska throughout the years as Dermot Cole looks on in agreement on March 21, 2013. Brady Gross/Sun Star

Mike Doogan discusses his experiences as a journalist in Alaska throughout the years as Dermot Cole looks on in agreement on March 21, 2013. Brady Gross/Sun Star

Alaska journalists uncover Juneau’s past by Annie Bartholomew

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