Janice High, Assistant Professor of Journalism at KPC will be tracing the similiarities between Guam and Alaska.
Former Guam resident Janice Maloney High is returning to the South Pacific Island next week to trace the similarities between Guam and Alaska. High is presently an assistant professor of journalism at Kenai Peninsula College, "Having lived on Guam for a number of years and then having moved to Alaska I've discovered that there are a great many similarities between the two even though that is not what one would assume at first glance at these two places," says High. However, according to High, when you look at their historical development way back to their indigenous roots and their early European explorers to their relationships with the federal government and especially in terms of cultural and language preservation and indigenous rights you find numerous parallels. High is traveling to Guam in hopes of opening future student exchanges with their community college and the University of Guam as well as faculty interactions regarding arctic and tropical biological development.
High also hopes to interest people from Guam in coming to the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, "The Arctic Winter Games I find particularly exciting and I'm rallying people from Guam to come because on Guam there are the South Pacific Games and the festival of Pacific Arts which compares almost exactly to the Arctic Winter Games where there is sports competition but more importantly bringing people together for social, cultural, and language interactions. So I feel if we can draw these two groups together the potential for networking is incredible," said High.
The National Endowment for the Humanities also has selected professor High to represent Alaska at a special summer institute that is being conducted in conjunction with the American Historical Association called "Re-thinking America and its global perspective." Gary Turner, KPC Director, acknowledged that this was a huge honor for High and the College as only the finest professors and educators from across the country were chosen to attend the month long institute being held at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. "The point is to help professors augment their curriculum and I will be working specifically with journalism because our journalism students at KPC will be the credentialed reporters and writers for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games daily publication the Ulu News. So the relationship between the Arctic Winter Games and the subject of globalization in a greater context is what this is all about," said High.
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