The UNI Museum, the UNI Geography Department and the Consulate General of Canada will host "Canada and the U.S.: Partners and Allies in Arctic Research, Sustainability and Development," a symposium that aims to educate and facilitate conversations about Arctic exploration, sustainability and governance. Speakers include Lee Huskey, University of Alaska Anchorage; Consul General Jamshed Merchant, Consulate General of Canada; Chris Southcott, professor at Lakehead University; Andrey Petrov, professor and Director of Arctic-FROST and ARCSES at UNI; and Norma Kassi, Yukon Gwich’in leader and co-founder of the Arctic Institute of Community-based Research. There will also be a screening of Kassi’s film, "Our Changing Homeland, Our Changing Lives" and a poster session highlighting student research at UNI.
There will be an opportunity to speak with the presenters following the symposium. Refreshments will be served; the sessions are free and open to the public. Participants should RSVP to Ann Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-273-3713. The event can be viewed live online at live.uni.edu; you can join the conversation on Twitter with #ArcticUNI and follow us at @CanCGMPLS, @RodLibrary, and @NorthernIowa.
This event is held in conjunction with UNI Museum’s current exhibit, "Canada's Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving," a traveling photographic exhibition developed by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. The exhibit offers a perspective on Canada's vibrant North; its thriving Native cultures; and the balance of traditional life, modern conveniences and economic and environmental sustainability. The exhibit will also highlight the partnership between Canada and the United States, and will be a major Canada-Iowa collaborative event in 2015.