Welcome to the Island Institute
The Island Institute cultivates uncommon conversations about the nature of resilient communities--the web of human relationships and responsibilities, and our connections to the greater natural world.
We use the literary arts as a means of inquiry into the core values of community and promote collaborative leadership as an avenue to deepen democratic principles of civic engagement.
We are a convening organization committed to fostering insight and inquiry that contribute to the global effort to shape sustainable human cultures.
► The new issue of Connotations will be available in January, featuring writing by our fall residents and other Institute mainstays.
► Writer Marjorie Gellhorn Sa'adah, has wrapped up her time here as our Rasmuson Foundation Artist in Residence. She spent time working with local students from Pacific High and Mt. Edgecumbe, who read at the recent edition of Writers Read. Thanks to Marjorie and to all of the young writers who contributed!
► Our next collaborative residency in January will bring writer Susan Power and theater actor and producer Galway McCullough to Sitka. Their project will explore the subject of sexual violence against women.
► Thanks to everybody who applied for our Spring 2014 collaborative residency. We'll make a decision by December 20th.
► John Daniel and Carolyn Servid
A Reading and Conversation
Sunday, December 15th at 5 pm
Del Shirley Room, Allen Hall
Oregon poet and essayist John Daniel has
been a three-time faculty member at the Sitka Symposium. Carolyn is an essayist and the
director of the Island Institute. Friends for
fifteen years, this is the first time they've had
the opportunity to read together.
$15 admission comes with snacks and wine!
► Beer and Books Night!
Wednesday, December 18th from 4-8pm
Baranof Island Brewing Company
Join us in the loft of the brewery, and bring
a couple of your favourite books from your
year in reading to chat about and swap!
► Sheldon Jackson Campus Partners
We're proud to be on this campus, surrounded by the wonderful people at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, the Hames Center, the Sheldon Jackson Museum, and the Sitka Sound Science Center. Use the link above to find our more about each of these great organizations.
New Associate Director
At The Island Institute
Peter joined the Island Institute as the new Associate Director at the start of October. He moved here after working for six years at a community radio station in Guelph, Ontario, where he also hosted a books-focused radio show and was involved in a publishing initiative, among many other community and arts-based initiatives.
Peter fell in love with Sitka last summer after coming through as part of a larger bicycle trip through parts of the Yukon and Alaska.
Say hello if you see him wandering around town!