100 Years of the Legislature

Terrence Cole, Public Member

Dr. Terrence M. Cole directs the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Office of Public History and is a Professor of History and Northern Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Cole's areas of expertise include Alaska history, twentieth century America, and world history. He has written many academic articles and monographs, and five books—his most recent is FIGHTING FOR THE FORTY NINTH STAR—a history of Alaska’s statehood crusade. He is a frequent guest lecturer at schools ranging from kindergarten classes to Elder Hostel and everything in-between. In 2012, the Governor appointed him to the Alaska Historical Commission.

He has appeared on the BBC, NPR, PBS (American Experience), the History Channel, the Weather Channel, the Discovery Channel, and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Dr. Cole won the UAF Emil Usibelli Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994 and the University of Alaska Edith Bullock Award for Excellence in 1998. In 2007, he received the Governor of Alaska's Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award and was honored in 2011— along with his twin brother, Dermot Cole, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner columnist as Fairbanks Citizens of the Year.

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