2011 Arctic Visiting Speaker Tours

If you have any questions regarding these tours, please contact avs@arcus.org.

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2011

Date(s): 
14 November 2011
Speaker: 
Charles Wohlforth

Author Charles Wohlforth traveled to Everett, Washington to present and discuss his book "The Fate of Nature" with seventy-five high school students enrolled in the Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA). All ORCA students had prepared for his visit by reading and discussing his book prior to his coming. His discussion focused on the impact of human activity on the arctic and marine environments, and how culture affects our creation of personal and social intensions for use of natural resources and protection of other species.

Date(s): 
10 November 2011 to 13 November 2011
Speaker: 
Terrence Cole

Dr. Terrence Cole traveled from Fairbanks to Sitka, Alaska to participate in the Sitka WhaleFest (SWF). The SWF is a celebration of the diverse and abundant marine mammals population. From mid-September until mid-January, the pristine waters of Sitka Sound are home to many humpback whales. Biologists believe the whales are building up food reserves prior to their migration to tropical waters. See more on the SWF here: http://www.sitkawhalefest.org.

Date(s): 
8 October 2011 to 21 October 2011
Speaker: 
Aviaja Egede Lynge

Aviâja Egede Lynge traveled to Anchorage, Alaska in October to present several programs concerning the Inuit model of education in Greenland. Her host, Diane Hirshberg from the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage thought that Alaskan educators could benefit greatly from some of the Greenlandic practices.

Date(s): 
28 April 2011 to 29 April 2011
Speaker: 
Ken Tape

Ken Tape is a PhD student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying climate warming and landscape changes in the Arctic. Ken traveled to New Jersey to visit Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Chatham High School.

Date(s): 
22 April 2011 to 29 April 2011
Speaker: 
Michelle Ridgway

In conjunction with the annual Bering Sea Days, speaker Michelle Ridgway visited St. Paul Island, Alaska. Bering Sea Days is a week long event that focuses students attention on the marine science and ecological concerns of the Bering Sea. Ms. Ridgway has participated in the Bering Sea Days in the past and is a welcome addition to the community event. Please see below for a complete schedule of events.

22 April at 7:30 pm

COMMUNITY PRESENTATION at St. Paul School, videocast to St. George School

Date(s): 
17 April 2011 to 22 April 2011
Speaker: 
Allen Marquette

In April 2011 Allen Marquette, the Community Education Program Coordinator for the Prince William Sound Science Center traveled to Challis, a small community in central Idaho, to present several school and community programs. Over a period of four days, Allen presented a series of programs titled "Mammoths, Lions and Bears....Life in Alaska during the Last Great Ice Age." Kids and adults alike were fascinated to discover that up until just 12,500 years ago strange creatures roamed this land – huge and powerful beasts with amazing adaptations.

Date(s): 
14 April 2011 to 17 April 2011
Speaker: 
Arthur Smith III

A lifelong photographer and resident arctic filmmaker since 2004, Arthur Smith lives on Alaska's Barter Island, in the Inupiat Eskimo village of Kaktovik. He specializes in the genre of documentary and natural history filmmaking for theatrical, broadcast, and interpretive applications. Mr. Smith traveled to Ithaca, New York to participate in the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). FLEFF is an international film festival focused on the initiative of sustainable development.

Date(s): 
23 February 2011 to 24 February 2011
Speaker: 
Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff

Mr. Merculieff traveled from Anchorage, Alaska to the small rural town of Monmouth, Oregon, home of Western Oregon University and the Paul Jensen Arctic Museum. Western is the oldest public university west of the Rocky Mountains and the Jensen is one of only two museums in the U.S. specializing in the Arctic. Mr. Merculieff's presentations focused on Indigenous Elder Wisdom from a variety of perspectives for several different audiences over two days, 23-24 February 2011.

Date(s): 
7 February 2011 to 9 February 2011
Speaker: 
Dan White

Dr. Daniel White traveled from Fairbanks, Alaska to Homer, Alaska to present several programs on water resources. His presentations concentrated on climate change in relation to water resources and how that will effect human infrastructure and how we manage water.