The 2018 World Wiz Pub Quiz was a huge success! This globally themed pub quiz is a fundraiser for the Alaska World Affairs Council and the Academic Student WorldQuest Competition featuring beer, world trivia, prizes, and a raffle auction! World Wiz Pub Quiz was held on Thursday, October 25th at 49th State Brewing Co. and featured six rounds of globally themed trivia on topics such as current events, “Ancient 20th Century Technology”, global landmarks, “Are you Smarter than a High Schooler” and more.
Thanks to all of our donors, sponsors, and atendees, we were able to raise over $10,000 that will directly support students through the Academic WorldQuest Competition!
Thank you to our event sponsor; GCI, our major donors; Todd Communications and Alaska Airlines, and our sponsors; Rising Tide Communications, Lynden International, K2 Dronotics, Northern Compass Group, Todd Communications, Bridge Builders, and Alex Wong.
The Alaska World Affairs Council team is so appreciative of everyone’s commitment and support, this event would not have been the fun and success it was without you!
Join us next year for a fun-filled evening and test your international trivia knowledge and show us how much of a nerd you really are!
World Wiz Quiz Master – Paul Dunscomb, PhD
Paul Dunscomb is Professor of East Asian History and chair of the History Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His nerd super power is, he can articulate stuff. He can take a room full of half baked, half expressed thoughts and turn them into ideas with force and power.
He was the inaugural Director of the UAA Confucius Institute. His book, A Great Disobedience Against the People, Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922, the first ever complete narrative in English, appeared in February 2011. He is also author of Japan Since 1945 in 2014 for the Association for Asian Studies Key Issues in Asian Studies Series.
His current research focuses on the history of the Heisei period (1989-2018) including the Crisis in Japanese Professional Baseball of 2004 and the nature of change in Heisei Japan. He analyzed debates about Japanese identity during the Lost Decade, 1992-2004, in “Images of What Never Was to Suggest What Might Be; Japanese Popular Culture and Japaneseness,” for the edited volume The Dynamics of Cultural Counterpoint in Asian Studies. His work has appeared in The Journal of Japanese Studies, East-West Connections, and Education About Asia.