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Dear Friends,
Canada took over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council this year. Marking Canada’s leadership role, the Center was involved in several events in October focused on the Arctic. The Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies, Tony Penikett, gave an engaging presentation at the Canadian Consulate focused on the security interests of Arctic indigenous peoples. The Center also co-hosted a visit by Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, who gave a talk entitled, The Emerging Arctic. Dean Graumlich, College of the Environment, opened the event using the opportunity to announce the UW-wide Future of Ice initiative. The Center is a proud partner in this initiative. Finally, please join Vince and me in welcoming our Visiting Québec Scholar, Thierry Giasson, l’Université Laval. Thierry will give a talk on the Québec student protests of 2012 on November 26th at the University Club. Please join us at 4:00 for a reception and to meet Thierry! – Nadine and Vince


Inaugural Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies speaks at Canadian Consulate
by Kristina Bowman
The Canadian Consulate in Seattle was at capacity on Oct. 24 for Vancouver-based Tony Penikett’s talk on “Where is the Arctic, who lives there, what are their security interests.” More ... 

Welcome Thierry Giasson, Québec Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington! 
Thierry arrived in October and will be visiting the Canadian Studies Center for two months. He is dedicating the time to framing the study of online political behaviors in Québec and Canada. He will be working on two projects during his stay here at the University. More ... 

Arctic Studies Interdisciplinary Minor featured in  Perspectives
The UW College of Arts and Sciences newsletter, Perspectives, just did a story on unique interdisciplinary minors at the UW. The Center's proposed Arctic Studies minor, an interdisciplinary minor with School of Oceanography, is one of the minors featured in this story. More ...


Former Fulbright Fellow Coordinates US-Canada Transboundary Workshop
Former Canadian Studies Fulbright fellow, Rob Williams conducted the workshop, "Transboundary (Canada-US) Puget Sound/Salish Sea Region Workshop: Valuing Killer Whales, Chinook Salmon & the Ecosystem Services they Provide," at the University of Washington. More ...


Canadian Studies Plays a Key Role in the UW Future of Ice Initiative
The Canadian Studies Center is part of a university-wide initiative to advance teaching and research on the Arctic region. The Future of Ice Initiative was just announced by Dean Graumlich from College of the Environment. More ...



Task Force Student Wins National Award for Research Paper on Québec's Arctic Policies
Nicolas Van Tulder, International Studies major, was just awarded the Martin Lubin Undergraduate Award in the Social Sciences for his paper on Québec Arctic policy. More ...



Robyn Davis, FLAS Coordinator, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, at the Study Abroad Fair FLAS booth. (10/13)

Victoria Choe, Task Force on Arctic Sovereignty (2011) with Roberta Burns and Michael Young with the Office of Ocean & Polar Affairs in Washington, DC. (10/13)

Rob Williams, former Canada Fulbright Chair 2009-2010, and his wife Erin Ashe lead "Transboundary (Canada-US) Puget Sound/Salish Sea Region Workshop: Valuing Killer Whales, Chinook Salmon & the Ecosystem Services they Provide." (09/13)


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