Programs & Models

CULTURE SHIFT

Program Contact
Grace Gallagher

Conversation Program Manager
(907) 272-5321 | ggallagher@akhf.org

Radical Ideas. Unexpected Connections. Stronger Community.

 

Connect with new ideas and people - join us for Culture Shift, a monthly series hosted by Alaska Humanities Forum and held at Anchorage Brewing Company. 

At each event, a pair of speakers will give short talks on two unrelated topics that they are passionate about and that challenge cultural norms or assumptions. Then, the audience takes part in a fun, interactive, and thought-provoking Q&A to find connections between the two.

When:

Last Wednesday / month, 6:00 to 8:00PM

Come early to grab a drink, meet new people, and chat with friends.

The program will begin promptly at 6:00PM.

Where:
Anchorage Brewing Company
148 W 91st Ave (off King St, South of Dimond Blvd)

Many thanks to Anchorage Brewing Company for hosting our series!

Tickets:
For our first event of the new year, we are trying something a bit different. In an effort to make sure that more people interested in #makingshifthappen are able to attend, we will be selling pay-what-you-can tickets from $5-$25 for our January Culture Shift. 

 

Our suggested ticket price is $15; if you have the resources to pay at this price or above,  it will help to make sure that we can continue offering prices that are accessible to all.  Please purchase tickets using the form below.


For now, this new model is being tried out for the month of January only. If you have suggestions or ideas for how can continue to make our events more equitable in the future, please reach out to us!

Refund Policy:

Each ticket represents a spot held. Due to limited seating, tickets are non-refundable and credits are only issued if the event is cancelled or rescheduled. If you are unable to attend, you can transfer your ticket to a friend to attend in your place.  

Next Up: January 29

Melanie is a born and raised Alaskan, growing up in the suburbs of Jewel Lake. She is a proud alumna of the University of Alaska, Anchorage where she earned a BA in Economics. Melanie spent 10 years working in the finance field, before making the switch to the non-profit sector. She is currently the Director of Development at the YWCA Alaska, and previously the Regional Philanthropy Officer with the Red Cross of Alaska. Her passion is to help people and cultivate meaningful relationships. Her middle name, Kaohinani, is Hawaiian meaning “gatherer of beautiful things”. She prides herself in being a gatherer of stories, laughter, friends and family.

Melanie Leydon

Michelle was a wild ADD child born in Seattle, and spent her last 13 years in Alaska, having lived and taught in a variety of locations. In 2008, she took her passion to innovative education to St. Paul Island where she taught L.A., History, and Performing Arts and partnered with local cultural entities to teach the cultural impact of language preservation and genealogy. In 2016, Michelle took on a leadership position with the U.S. State Department/Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms, and launched her organization Global Education Alaska. It is Michelle's passion to ensure that all young people have the global competencies necessary to be successful in a globally integrated world and that educators have the resources available to provide a global education. In 2018, Michelle was named Scholastic & School Library Journal Librarian of the Year: Champion of Civic Engagement. 

Michelle Carton

Do you want to make shift happen?
Fill out the form below if you're interested in speaking at Culture Shift, and we'll be in touch!

Past Speakers

Marie 
Acemah

No Culture Left Behind

Clara
Baldwin

Not an Ally

EJ 
David

Tired of Resilience

Derrick
Green

No Better Time to be Black

George 
Martinez

Hip-Hop Can Save the World

Megan
Schiele

Trippin' on Feminism

Larry Merculieff

Step Into the Heart

Nathan Shafer

Who Gets to Talk About Your Culture?

Rebel Now and Rebel Often

Indra
Arriaga

Queer is Key

Brooks "Goldie"
Banker

Take a Hill Pill

Reth
Duir

An Argument for Violence

Warren
Jones

Civility: Now More Than Ever

Christopher
Constant

Redefining Family

Delaney
Mitchell

Love Needs No Contract

Kris
Palmatier

Why Can't a Rabbi Wear Plaid?

Rabbi Abram
Goodstein
Tara 
Ballard

Power of Poetry

Andrea
Costales

Alice 
Glenn

Indigenizing the Podcast

Amy
Meissner

Repair and Re-use

Trevor
Storrs

F*** Tradition

Audrey 
Miller

Power of Choice

Karen 
Hunt

Living by Invitation Only

Naya
Raymundo

Dying for Men to Have a Revolution