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Cross-Cultural Speaker Coming to KU

October 14, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Cultural communication speaker, the Reverend Dr. Michael Oleska will present two discussion at Kutztown University on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in room 218 of Beekey Education Center. At 3:30 p.m. Oleska will present "Culture? What is culture?" and at 5:30 p.m. he will present "One-on-one Communication."

An Allentown, Pa., native Oleska has lived in Alaska since 1970. He came to Alaska from St. Vladimir's Seminary in New York at the invitation of the Alutiiq village of Old Harbor on Kodiak Island. Over the next three decades he served as a Russian Orthodox priest in over a dozen Alaska Native villages. In 1988 he completed his doctoral degree at the Orthodox Theological Faculty in Presov, Slovakia, with an emphasis in native Alaskan history during the Alaska Russian period (1741-1867).

Recognized as an "Elder" by the Alaska Federation of Natives, a Distinguished Public Servant by the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska and honored by the Alaska State Legislature and the National Governors Association, Oleksa is a storyteller who seeks to foster greater understanding across boundaries of race and culture. He is a leader in the development of cross-cultural education in Alaska, an educator of Alaskan teachers and a student of Alaska Native languages and cultures.

Oleska recently published a book in collaboration with the Association of Alaska School Boards entitled Another Culture/Another World that explores the great diversity and common humanity of Alaska's cultural mosaic.

This event is sponsored by the Association of Childhood Education International. Beekey Education Center is located on College Blvd across from the Kutztown Fairgrounds.
For more information contact Dr. Kristen Bazley at or Dr. Linda McMillan at