Day Trips & Special Events

First Friday Winter Lecture Series

First Fridays of December, January, and MARCH (Feb. lecture has been rescheduled to March this year)
3:00 - 4:30 pm in the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center Theatre
FREE and open to the public - Registration is not required. Invite a potential new member!
After the lecture, go on to Fairbanks First Friday events!

Dec. 7, 2018
CASE SOLVED: Truth at last, but no justice in Hartman murder saga

by Brian Patrick O’Donoghue
      After 18 years in prison, the Fairbanks Four were freed in December 2015 through a settlement that erased all charges and convictions resulting from John Hartman’s ’97 murder. That outcome was the culmination of an extended hearing on new evidence put forward by Alaska Innocence Project that exonerated Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent, Kevin Pease and George Frese. Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle heard testimony about new and old confessions and other evidence implicating a group of former Lathrop High students in the younger teen’s fatal beating. It appears neither the state nor the city is following up. O’Donoghue will place the new evidence in context, including the findings of a Cold Case trooper unit, settling questions concerning John Hartman’s killers once and for all.
      Brian Patrick O’Donoghue, Professor of Communication and Journalism at UAF, is an Alaska journalist, author, past Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, leader of UAF's Iraq embed team in 2009, and “winner” of Red Lanterns in both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest. In 2016, O’Donoghue received Alaska Press Club’s First Amendment Award for “dogged persistence in pursuit of the truth” though his student-assisted investigation of Hartman’s murder.

Jan. 4, 2019
Fruits, Berries, and Surprising Things that Grow in Alaska

by Tom Zimmer
      There are many reasons to eat locally-grown food, including a desire to reduce one’s carbon footprint, concern about food security in a state where the grocery store shelves empty rapidly if the supply chain from Outside is cut off, a wish to stimulate our local economy, and the superior taste of fresh food. But what foods can you grow in Alaska, and in the Fairbanks area in particular? You may be surprised at some of the answers.
      Tom Zimmer and Susan Willsrud created a small CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) operation near Ester in 2000. In the years since, it grew to become Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, now a thriving hub for on-farm education programs, the School Garden Initiative, and community markets. The 30-acre south-facing site produces vegetables, herbs and flowers and integrates Shetland sheep, dairy goats, bees and chickens into the farm ecosystem. Its mission is to encourage local food production and environmental awareness through hands-on education in natural and farming ecosystems.

March 1, 2019 (NOTE: Date has changed since publication of the fall 2018 catalog)
Narrative Sovereignty and Native Representation in Film and TV

by Princess Daazhraii Johnson
      Throughout the history of film and television many harmful stereotypes have been created that effect how the general public view Alaska Native Peoples. This presentation explores some of that history and how media, when put in the hands of Alaska Native people, can also be the cure for some of the wrongs it has created.
      Princess Daazhraii Johnson is Neets'aii Gwich'in and her family is from Arctic Village, Alaska. Mrs. Johnson is a Sundance Fellow for the Filmmakers, Producers and Screenwriters Lab, and an Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow with the PEN Center. She has been a member of the SAG-AFTRA Native American Committee since 2007 and also serves on the Board of Dancing with the Spirit, a program that promotes spiritual wellness through music. Her screen acting credits include Jericho (CBS), Big Miracle, and Uncross the Stars.  Mrs. Johnson received a B.A. in International Relations from The George Washington University and a Masters in Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage with a focus on Environmental and Science Education.  In 2015 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is currently the creative producer of a new PBS Kids series called "Molly of Denali" set to premiere in 2019 and lives in Fairbanks with her husband James and her three boys. 


 Second Century of UAF
(previously Professor's Choice)

Our Spring 2019 installment will be
Thursdays Feb. 14 - March 7, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Murie Auditorium (in Murie Building on West Ridge)
FREE and open to the public – bring a friend!

UAF celebrated its centenary in 2017 and is now in its second century. This spring we’ll feature citizens who have made their way to our community by immigrating from another country. We hope their stories will help bring a new, deeper understanding of contributions immigrants are making to Fairbanks and the University of Alaska. 

Feb. 14: Dr. Eduardo Wilner, UAF Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, was born in Argentina. He studied and worked in Canada, Minnesota and Puerto Rico before coming to Alaska. 

Feb. 21: Jonathan Shambare, University Architect at UAF, was born in Zimbabwe. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Georgia. He provides architectural professional guidance and oversight of the physical features of the university.

Feb. 28: Elena Suleimani, Seismology Technician at UAF’s Geophysical Institute, was born in Russia. She has worked and raised a family in Fairbanks.

March 7: Rosalind Kan, former UAF Chinese language teacher and Alaska DOTPF civil engineer, was born in China. She was educated in Taiwan and the USA and has lived in Fairbanks for more than 40 years. She has organized the Fairbanks International Friendship day since its inception. 

Day Trips for 2019

will be announced in May, and more may be added throughout the summer.
The registration process is the same as for classes. OLLI doesn't collect any fees for day trips, but some of the events require you to pay the vendor directly.
We also take your reservation over the phone. Please call the OLLI office at 474-6607   

Day trips we did in 2018:
Alaska International Senior Games: Sport Training for the Curious and Daring Tues. July 10, 6:00 pm 
Garden Tour with Treats! 
Bird Banding: "A bird in the hand is well worth it.
Hoarfrost Distilling Tour
Miniature Horse Farm Tour
UAF New Power Plant Tour

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