Enjoy a Free Public Event

Throughout the year, Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning hosts free public events, including lectures, concerts, movies, and more. This summer, we will host a lecture series on Monday evenings to honor UAF's Centennial, our Healthy Living lecture series on Tuesdays, the Discover Alaska lecture series on Wednesdays, and the wildly popular Music in the Garden concert series, which takes place at the Georgeson Botanical Gardens on Thursdays.

2017 Events

Monday - Centennial Celebration Speakers Series

Monday - Down Memory Lane

Tuesday - Healthy Living Lecture Series

Wednesday - Discover Alaska Lecture Series

Thursday - Music in the Garden

Past Events


Legacy Lecture - Karen Parr

2017 Legacy Lecture with Karen Parr:

A conversation with Karen Parr

Q & A session at the June 5 event

Centennial Celebration Speaker Series

June 18 - Centennial Celebration Speaker Series with Mark Hamilton  Conversation with Mark Hamilton, University of Alaska President

June 25 - Centennial Celebration Speaker Series with Dana Thomas Conversation with Dana Thomas, UAF Interim Chancellor and UA Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research

July 23 - Centennial Celebration Speaker Series with Wendy Redman Conversation with Wendy Redman, University of Alaska Vice President

July 30- Centennial Celebration Speaker Series with Marshall Lind Conversation with Marshall Lind, UAF Chancellor

August 27- Centennial Celebration Speaker Series with Brian Rogers Conversation with Brian Rogers, UAF Chancellor

Down Memory Lane Series

June 12 - Down Memory Lane with Larry Bennett and Bill Mendenhall  Conversation with Larry Bennett, Professor Emeritus, Engineering Management, 1968–77 and Bill Mendenhall, Professor Emeritus, Civil Engineering, 1955–87

June 19 - Down Memory Lane with Rudy Krejci Conversation with Rudy Krejci, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy and Humanities, 1960–97

June 26 - Down Memory Lane with Carl Benson and Will Harrison Conversation with Carl Benson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, 1960–87 and Will Harrison, Professor Emeritus, Physics, 1972–98

July 10 - Down Memory Lane with Bill Brody Conversation with Bill Brody, Professor Emeritus, Art, 1967–2000

July 17- Down Memory Lane with Anne Shinkwin Conversation with Anne Shinkwin, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, 1971–91

July 24- Down Memory Lane with Paul McCarthy Conversation with Paul McCarthy, Professor Emeritus, Library Science, 1964–91

July 31- Down Memory Lane with Paul Reichardt and Terry Chapin Conversation with Paul Reichardt, Professor Emeritus, Chemistry, 1972–2007 and Terry Chapin, Distinguised Professor Emeritus, Biology, 1973–2011

August 7- Down Memory Lane with Dave Klein and Dan Hawkins Conversation with Dave Klein, Professor Emeritus, Wildlife Management, 1962–97 and Dan Hawkins, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Chemistry, 1967–90

Healthy Living Lecture Series

May 30 - Avoiding and Eliminating Modern Diseases of Affluence Through Nutritional Excellence  Presented by John Huffer, MD, Urologist

June 6 - Skin Cancer 101  Presented by Brooke Walls, DO, Dermatologist

June 13- Demystifying the Fourth Floor: What happens in an inpatient psychiatric ward   Presented by Vanessa Venezia, MD, Psychiatrist; Michelle Tirrell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Bobbi Ross, Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed

June 20- Marijuana and Health: The highs and lows   Presented byJay Butler, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services; Director, Division of Public Health

June 27- Parks and Recreation: Community health at your fingertips   Presented byMike Bork, Director, Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation

July 11- Is This an Emergency? Do I Need to See a Doctor Now?   Presented by Anne Hanley, DO, Pediatrician and Mark Simon, MD, Emergency Room Physician

July 18- Arthritis in Alaska   Presented by Raymond Wilson, MD, Rheumatologist

July 25- Are You Steady on Your Feet? Ways to keep you there   Presented by Cheryl Sackett, Physical Therapist and Heidi Watkins, Athletic Trainer Certified and Physical Therapist Assistant

August 1- Moving Toward a Plant-based Diet   Presented by Katie Garrity, RDN, LD, Registered and Licensed Dietitian

August 8- Laugh Yourself Healthy with Laughter Yoga   Presented by Mike Bork, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

Discover Alaska Lecture Series

May 31- A Century of Earthquakes in Central Alaska   Presented by  Carl Tape, UAF Associate Professor of Geophysics

June 14- Partnerships in Fire Resilience: How to prevent fires and prepare yourself and your home   Presented by Doug Schrage,Chief, UAF Fire Department

June 21- Adventures of the Sikuliaq: Living and working on a research ship   Presented by Bradley Moran, Dean, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

June 28- To Protect and To Share: A walkabout of two northern national parks with an Oldtyme Ranger   Presented by Greg Dudgeon, Superintendent, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

July 12- Why This Former East Coast Kid Values America’s Last Frontier   Presented by Don Striker, Superintendent, Denali National Park and Preserve

July 19- Alaskans in Conversation  Presented by Robert Hannon, Journalist and On-call News Producer, KUAC

July 26- The 150th Anniversary of the Alaska Purchase  Presented by Dermot Cole, Author and Journalist

August 2- The History of the African American Community in Fairbanks  Presented byDorothy Jones, UAF Associate Professor, Emeritus

August 9- As Green As It Gets  Presented by Karl Kassel, Mayor, Fairbanks North Star Borough


August 14 - A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor


June 12 - An Evening with Gloria Steinem

Healthy Living Lecture Series
June 16 - "Medication Therapy Managment: How it can save your life!"  Presented by Leah Scadden, Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Discover Alaska Lecture Series
June 17 - "The Lost Alaskans: The mentally handicapped who were sent to Oregon's Morningside Hospital"  Presented by  Niesje Steinkruger, Retired Superior Court Judge


2014 Healthy Living and Discover Alaska Lectures are available as a YouTube playlist. Please click the links to view the recordings.

June 2: Honoring the late Helen Atkinson

May 19: Incivility and Gridlock in Washington: Why America Needs The Village Square (presentation)     The Village Square Handout

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