Charles Wohlforth | Thursday, 3 November 2005 - Monday, 14 November 2005
Alaskan author Charles Wohlforth traveled to California to present a series of slide lectures describing his book The Whale and the Supercomputer: On the Northern Front of Climate Change. During his talks, Wohlforth described the Iñupiat whaling tradition and how it was shaped by climate change 1,000 years ago. He also discussed how the community of Barrow, Alaska is adapting to environmental changes today.
Wohlforth began his tour with a public lecture at San Francisco State University. He then traveled to Monterey and lectured at the Monterey Institute of International Studies as part of the school's Distinguished Speakers Series. A reception followed his presentation. Next Wohlforth traveled to Burbank and appeared on Airtalk with Larry Mantle. This show is broadcast on 89.3 KPCC public radio in Pasadena. Lastly, Wohlforth spoke to high school students at the Ocean Research College Academy, which is an early college high school academy in Everett, Washington. The Whale and the Supercomputer was a summer reading assignment and Wohlforth's lecture gave students the opportunity to ask him questions about his experiences in Barrow. Wohlforth interacted with approximately 200 people on this tour.