It’s Not a Race to the Bottom

BY NATHAN BODENSTADT First Year Experience Advisor For the UAS Whalesong In the Jan.  25 issue of the Whalesong, Student Activities Coordinator Tara Olson, wrote about microaggressions and how we can do something about everyday discrimination. It goes without saying that we are living in a particularly turbulent time – regardless of who you might…

The Symposium Continued: Decolonizing the Curriculum

BY DR. ROBIN WALZ Professor of History, Chair of Social Sciences For the UAS Whalesong Who speaks? Who’s heard? And how many voices are heard? In my work as a teaching professor, these are the questions I continually ask myself when making decisions about decolonizing the curriculum in my history courses.  For me, it’s a…

An Afternoon with Hieu

BY DYLYN PETERSON Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Hieu Minh Nguyen began his poetry reading at the Symposium with a request for every member of the audience to make their favorite animal noise. I missed out on what sound he made, but I went with “borf borf,” as is logical. He related to us the anxiety…

Notes from the Symposium

BY DYLYN PETERSON Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong I first arrived at the University at the beginning of the third session of the first annual Power and Privilege Symposium. Upon seeing the program, I was disappointed to see that every talk I wanted to attend conflicted with something more-or-less compulsory. During the fourth session, when my…

UAS Power and Privilege Symposium

BY KASEY CHEN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong On November 9, the UAS campus will see its first Power and Privilege Symposium, a conference aimed at encouraging UAS and Juneau community members to speak and learn about issues relating to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, religion, body size, ability, mental illness, class, and their intersectionalities. The…