At the APK

American Conversations with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith visits Juneau as part of her second-term project, American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities. Ms. Smith reads her own poetry and unveils the poetry anthology, American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time, featuring the work of 50 living American poets of different backgrounds, offering 50 different outlooks on…

At the APK

Author Talk with Ken Coates

Ken Coates, co-author of The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down with Her, discusses the book and looks back at the disaster. First published in 1990, the book is still the definitive history of the 1918 shipwreck that took the lives of all 353 people onboard.

In Trust For Us: The Story of the Alaska Permanent Fund

“When Alaskans created the permanent fund, it was a grand experiment. Other oil provinces had tried to preserve some of their wealth for future generations — few, if any, had succeeded.” This documentary from 2004 examines the Alaska permanent fund and its history.

Juneau World Affairs Council

Refugees on the Border

The Juneau World Affairs Council presents “Refugees on the Border” with Susan Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald has fed hundreds of refugees and housed some herself as a volunteer at El Calvario Refugee Shelter in Las Cruces, New Mexico, 40 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. She moved to New Mexico in 2006 after retiring from a long career…

Juneau World Affairs Council

The Democracy for All Amendment

The Juneau World Affairs Council presents “The Democracy for All Amendment” with Jeff Clements. Clements is the president of American Promise, a cross-partisan advocacy nonprofit seeking a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to limit money’s influence on elections. The organization is aiming for passage by 2026.

Special Arts Programs

Poetry Out Loud 2019

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. After successful…

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