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Former Premier of the Yukon & Canada Fulbright Chair Lectures on Arctic Insecurity
by Annie Banel, MPA Candidate, Evans School of Public Affairs; Canadian Studies Center Reporter
The Future of Ice lecture series continued on January 16, 2014 as Tony Penikett presented his talk, “Artic Insecurities: Arctic Population, Northern Security Issues, and Emerging Forms of Governance.” More ...

New Canada Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at U.W.
The new Canada Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies is part of the Center’s Arctic Initiative as well as part of The Future of Ice: A Polar Regions Science and Policy Initiative being developed by the College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Environment, and Applied Physics Laboratory. More ...


Spring Quarter 2014
Former Premier of the Yukon & Canada Fulbright Chair, Lectures on Arctic Insecurity
by Annie Banel, MPA Candidate, Evans School of Public Affairs; Canadian Studies Center Reporter

The Future of Ice lecture series continued on January 16, 2014 as Tony Penikett presented his talk, “Artic Insecurities: Arctic Population, Northern Security Issues, and Emerging Forms of Governance.” Penikett is the 2013-14 UW Canada Visiting Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies and taught a course with the same title fall quarter.

Penikett described himself as more of a “practitioner than a scholar” and drew on his vast experience in the Canadian Arctic to discuss everything from indigenous land rights, to how pop culture depictions of the Arctic influence law makers, to who decides how and how much northerners can benefit from natural resources.

The Future of Ice lecture series featured talents and special guests of all fields and studies. James Balog, photographer and founder of Extreme Ice Survey, presented the previous lecture before Penikett’s, “When Mountains Move,” on January 8. The lecture after Penikett’s was presented by Jody W. Deming, Walters endowed professor in the UW’s School of Oceanography, on February 6, 2014. Dr. Deming presented her talk, “Living in Sea Ice—It’s a Wonderful Life!” and examined the significance of microscopic life forms that live inside the ice and discuss what these organisms mean for life on other planets.

The Future of Ice lecture series is sponsored by The Graduate School, UW Almuni Association, College of the Environment, Canadian Studies Center at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Polar Science Center at the Applied Physic Laboratory, Quaternary Research Center, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, Department of American Indian Studies, Department of Communication, and School of Art Photomedia Department.

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Canadian Studies Center, March Report, 2013
New Canada Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at U.W.

The Center's Arctic Initiative will work with colleagues across campus to further develop partnerships with Inuit organizations in the Arctic such as the Makivik Corporation in Arctic Québec (Nunavik). Charlotte Guard, Arctic Security Task Force student (far right) with Joë Lance, Executive Assistant to the President of the Makivik Corporation, and Kitty Gordon, Communications Officer, Makivik Corporation, Québec City (January 2013).

The new Canada Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies is part of the Center’s Arctic Initiative as well as part of a larger initiative on the polar regions being developed by the College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Environment, and Applied Physics Laboratory.

The Fulbright Arctic Chair will enable the UW to capitalize on its existing strengths to become a world leader in integrated multidisciplinary research, scholarship and teaching on the science, policy, and cultures of the polar regions. UW already has an unparalleled research and teaching program in the science of the cryosphere, and a vibrant and successful program in Arctic social sciences and policy.

The Center is working with the Quaternary Research Center, Program on Climate Change, Program on the Environment, and the Applied Physics Laboratory, to create a new academic program in Arctic studies, a scholars program for graduate students, postdoctoral and visiting scholars, and a strategy that ensures the flow of knowledge between the University and stakeholder communities in the polar regions including Arctic indigenous organizations and peoples. These partnerships establish meaningful linkages between natural and social scientists in an effort to address some of the most challenging environmental, economic and social issues of our time.

A Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies will bring scholars, practitioners and indigenous leaders from Canada to the U.W. The Chair will teach a required course for the new Arctic Minor (now in development), provide the annual Fulbright Lecture focused on emerging issues and developments in the Arctic region, and assist the two colleges in building collaborative relations with Arctic scholars, scientists, and indigenous organizations.
 

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