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State Contest Sends Alaskan Youth on to National History Day Competition

The 2020 Alaska History Day competition just wrapped, sending winners on to compete with students from across the country at the annual National History Day® (NHD). More than half a million middle and high school students participate each year in this national competition that emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving skills, research and reading skills, self-esteem and confidence through independent research and presentation projects. While this will be the first year that the national competition will be virtual, Alaska has always held an online statewide competition as part of Alaska History Day (AHD). Students submit projects at the local / regional level and then move on to the stat

NHD Nominee, Heather Damario

Heather Damario, a teacher at West Valley High School in Fairbanks, has been nominated for the National History Day (NHD) Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher of the Year award. Active in both History Day and Model UN, Damario is pictured here at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City during while chaperoning a group of students to a Model UN conference at Yale. Each of the 58 National History Day affiliates may nominate one high school teacher for this award, and Damario is the senior division nominee from Alaska. Dr. James F. Harris sponsors this award in recognition of the pivotal role teachers play in the lives of students. Nominees’ work must clearly illustrate the development and use of creat

We connect.

By Forum Board Chair Moira K. Smith There are few moments in our lives when it becomes utterly clear that we are living through a historical moment. 9/11. The fall of the Berlin Wall. The crash of the space shuttle Challenger. And now, the global COVID-19 pandemic. What do we make of these moments? How do we create mental order in a world that suddenly feels beyond our control? And particularly in a pandemic, how do we stay connected to what makes us human? At its root, this last question — how do we stay connected? — is one the Alaska Humanities Forum has been asking, and answering, for decades. Below are some of my thoughts on how, provided we have our health, we can grow our humanity, con

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