Arctic Visiting Speakers
Our last tour concluded with Dr. Samuel Mukasa traveling to Columbus, Ohio to speak to 4th and 5th graders, as well as a quick stop to give a presentation at the Byrd Polar Research Center. Visit our page again soon for photos from this tour.
We hope to hear soon about funding for the upcoming year. We are looking forward to begin work on 2014 tours as soon as we can. There are still plans to implement two application periods starting in January 2014 for host applications. Please visit our site for updated information as it becomes available.
This is a good time for teachers to think about bringing an Arctic Visiting Speaker into your classroom in the spring of 2014. Consider applying now for tours in February through May. Applications will be accepted from now until February 15th for spring tours.
Dr. Mukasa visited three different elementary schools in the Hilliard City School District in Columbus, Ohio to speak to 4th and 5th graders on the changing Arctic environment. Questions he discussed with students include:
- "How does one tell whether climate is changing or not?"
- "What are the consequences of a world without ice in the Polar Regions?"
- "What would the US look like if the Greenland Ice Sheet melted, and how would it look like if the West and East...
Craig arrived in Sitka a week prior to the WhaleFest to give presentations for the 'Scientist in the Schools' program and during the weekend science symposium. During the WhaleFest, Craig worked with sea chantey and Yankee whaling expert Don Sineti of Mystic Seaport. Don and Craig have crossed paths previously at Sitka WhaleFest and they always have ended up comparing notes on the exchange of whaling traditions between the two groups of whalers. This year they presented information formally...Read more
Arto Rinne will fly from St. Petersburg, Russia to Boston, Massachusetts for 6 weeks of playing music, lecturing and touring in the Midwest and New England. He will be accompanied by his band Sattuma, a four-person Karelian Folk band. Sattuma will start the 2013 summer tour at the PECO Multicultural Day at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 15th then on to Hancock, Michigan as featured performers at the US FinnFest in June, and on to Sudbury, Canada to perform at the Canadian...Read more
Sarah Hurst from Anchorage, Alaska traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to work with Elena Andreeva of INTAARI. Elena and Sarah had a very busy 3-week itinerary. Sarah gave many presentations to varied audiences including: the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, INTAARI, the Russian Geographic Society, the Museum of Arctic and Antarctic of St. Petersburg, the American Corner, the Interregional public organization Society “ZNANIE”, the American Councils for International Education, the...Read more
Kirk Dombrowski traveled to Providence, RI to work with colleagues at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University from 27-28 February 2013. En-route from New York, he stopped at the Collections Research Center in Bristol, RI to tour the Museum's Arctic Collections and visit with museum staff. Following that, he continued on to campus where he gave a public lecture on "Understanding Arctic Communities on the Brink of Self-Governance". At this presentation, Dr. Dombrowski...Read more
About the Program
The Arctic Visiting Speakers Program funds researchers and other arctic experts to travel and share their knowledge in communities where they might not otherwise connect. Speakers cover a wide range of arctic research topics and can address a variety of audiences including the general public, academics, students, community leaders, and organization members.
This year AVS is making small changes. We would like to encourage new applicants from small museums, environmental education centers, small colleges and urban schools to apply to host a speaker. Though all submitted applications will be considered, we will be looking for applications that bring speakers out of Alaska and the Arctic and into under-served populations which normally may not have exposure to arctic education from an arctic expert.
We are also interested in having AVS serve a wide variety of audiences including the general public, students, school-aged children, organizations, and community leaders. Individual tours that serve to integrate many different audiences are encouraged.
If you are interested in applying for a tour, please submit an application today!
All inquiries regarding the Arctic Visiting Speakers Series should be directed to:
3535 College Road, Suite 101
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-3710
Phone: 907-474-1600, Fax: 907-474-1604
Email: avs [at] arcus [dot] org
The Arctic Visiting Speakers Program is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Arctic Sciences and administered by ARCUS.
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From AVS Participants
"Regardless of all the communication technologies we currently have at our fingertips, person-to-person contact is indispensable and by far the most powerful and lasting mode of communication. Thank you for honoring and facilitating it." - K. Heuer (speaker)
"This was one of the most interesting events in my life! All the staff of the Institute are very thankful to ARCUS for this opportunity to host such a brilliant scientist..." -A. Chepil (host)
“Absolutely this is a fantastic program... Tremendous thanks to both ARCUS and the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs for funding such a worthwhile program.” - A. Eilers (host)
"It was so positive. Thank you for the opportunity. You were so easy to work with." - L. Herwald (host)
"I am very thankful for the opportunity for this sharing. We have created good cooperation for the future." - A. Lynge (speaker)
"This was a fabulous opportunity and I truly believe it will generate ongoing collaborations and efforts that can support real improvement in educational opportunities for students in Alaska and Greenland."
- D. Hirshberg (host)