Keynote Speakers

The Alaska Anthropological Association is honored to welcome Dr. E.J.R. David and                                           Dr. Heather Igloliorte as the keynote speakers for #AkAA virtual 2021!

Dr. E.J.R. David

Keynote Address: “Beyond Diversity Trainings and Implicit Biases: Toward an Anti-Racist and Equity Approach”

TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2021 @ 9:00am

Dr. E.J.R. David was born in the Philippines by Kapampangan and Tagalog parents, and grew up in Pasay, Las Pinas, Makati, and Barrow, Alaska. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage (2002), and Master of Arts (2004) and Doctoral (2007) Degrees in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. David is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, with his primary duties being with the PhD Program in Clinical-Community Psychology that has a Rural, Cultural, and Indigenous Emphasis. Click here to learn more about Dr. David and his current work. 


Dr. Heather Igloliorte

Keynote Address: “Thinking Beyond Geographic and Institutional Boundaries: Circumpolar Art Futures”

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2021 @ 9:00am

Dr. Heather Igloliorte (Inuk, Nunatsiavut) holds the Tier 1 University Research Chair in Circumpolar Indigenous Arts and is an associate professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. She also serves as the Special Advisor to the Provost on Advancing Indigenous Knowledges, and in this role contributes to the efforts of the university Indigenous Directions Leadership Group. Her teaching and research interests center on Inuit and other Native North American visual and material culture, circumpolar art studies, performance and media art, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance and resurgence. Click here to learn more about Dr. Igloliorte and her current projects.