A&E Briefs

Conference presents faculty-chosen works

A select number of UAA students presented original papers and projects in the Student Union April 3 and in the Fine Arts Building April 4. The conference promoted dialogue between students and community members to discuss topics like global warming, breast self-exams, English literature and salmon farming. Faculty members and community commentators selected original student works to be published in the Student Showcase Journal. Awards for the projects included a $250 cash prize and a $50 UAA Bookstore certificate, presented to the Showcase winners at an awards lunch April 5. The presentations were free and open to the public.

Diversity Conference celebrates culture

The Diversity Conference provided a variety of entertainment at the Lucy Cuddy Hall on April 5. Attendees were treated to a variety of ethnic foods and a display of traditional clothing from cultures around the world. Other activities included performances by Filipino, Polynesian and Alaska Native dance groups and Alaska Native craft workshops. Keynote speaker William Bacon III shared his experiences about a film he co-produced regarding Native practices of whaling. The UAA Human Services Club, the Career Services Center and the Dean of Students Office co-hosted the event to emphasize the importance of preserving culture and cultural identity.

Louisiana gospel group Zie’l honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Audience members tapped their feet to the sound of the all-female gospel group Zie’l in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium April 4. The concert marked the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Group members Crystal Bell (soprano), Aphten Jones (soprano), Christina Bell (contralto) and Keyondra Lockett (alto, contralto) were all raised in Shreveport, La., where the group developed their trademark blend of gospel and soul. To listen to music by Zie’l, visit their official MySpace page at www.myspace.com/officialziel.