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Center collaborates on an Arctic environment curriculum development project

Neil Curtis, in a light blue button down shirt, stands and gestures while speaking.

January 19, 2024

In early November, Nadine Fabbi and UW’s 2022-23 Chair in Arctic Studies met with colleagues at the University of Aberdeen to begin work on pedagogy to enhance Arctic studies.

The Canadian Studies Center is partnering with the University of Aberdeen and University of Manitoba on the project “Teaching Arctic Environments.” The grant is funded by the Scottish Government to better understand the nation’s northern identity. The research team – including co-PIs Isabelle Gapp, University of Aberdeen and Jonathan Peyton, University of Manitoba (and UW’s 2022-23 Fulbright Canada Chair in Arctic Studies) and collaborator Nadine Fabbi – will work with colleagues internationally to develop an on-line site of teaching materials for undergraduate students. Using art and artifacts the site will introduce students to the uniqueness of the Arctic environment as well as the environmental challenges brought about by global warming and natural resource extraction.

The workshop included a presentation by the Head of Museums and Special Collections at the University of Aberdeen, Neil Curtis (pictured here); Dr. Peter Loovers who works in the Canadian Arctic; and Dr. Nancy Wachowich, author of Saqiyuq: Stories from the Lives of Three Inuit Women (2001) from Nunavut.

This project is also being supported by a grant from Trent University in Ontario.

The second workshop in the series will take place at the University of Washington on Thursday, February 29th, 2024. If you are interested in being part of this workshop, contact Nadine Fabbi at