Many Traditions, One Alaska: Teaching Alaska’s connected history

This was a discussion about the importance of teaching Alaska’s history and it’s connection to America’s military history, race issues, and the rest of the world.



  • Katie Johnson Ringsmuth, PhD, is the sole proprietor of Tundra Vision and teaches U.S. Alaska, and World History at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ringsmuth is currently working with UAF, NPS, Trident Seafoods, and the Alaska Association of Historic Preservation to collect, interpret, and share the stories of cannery workers from the historic NN Cannery at South Naknek. She is also collaborating with Alaska Council of Social Studies and the Anchorage School District to bolster and assist Alaska Studies teachers.
  • Paul Dunscomb, PhD is the UAA Department of HistoryChair as well as a Professor of East Asian History. He worked in broadcast television for several years before beginning graduate studies in history.  A long-time member of the Alaska World Affairs Council, Dr. Dunscomb has served as Board Chair, Program Committee Chair, WorldQuest and World Wiz Master Emcee, featured speaker, and featured moderator, among other roles.


  • Lisa Falskow- Alaska World Affairs Council president

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council


RECORDED: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 49th State Brewing Company.

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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