Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Free Symposium: Science, People, and Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic

Join the Consulate General of Canada and the University of North Dakota - together with researchers, scientists, explorers, and historians – for a public symposium to investigate the connections between science, people, and sustainability in the Canadian Arctic. This event will trace the legacy of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, launched in 1913, and its leader Viljhalmur Stefansson, in his day one of the most colorful and notorious students at UND. Speakers will draw on Stefansson’s work and influences to examine new linkages between the United States and the Canadian Arctic.

Science, People, & Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic: From the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition to the 2013 Arctic Council Chairmanship, is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Center for Innovation. A reception and movie screening will follow.

Presenters include:

- Will Steger, renowned polar explorer
- David Gray, the leading expert on the Canadian Arctic Expedition
- Jamshed Merchant, Consul General of Canada
- Timothy Pasch, UND Communications Professor

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration and more details are available at

Follow the event on Twitter at #CAE100. Watch event proceedings live at

In 2013, Canada assumed the two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum for Arctic Governments and people. 2013 also marks the centennial of the launch of the Canadian Arctic Expedition (CAE), a significant point in Canada’s Arctic territorial history. The CAE laid the foundation for a century of scientific endeavor; led to the discovery of unknown islands; collected thousands of photos, specimens and artifacts; and established important and long-lasting relationships with Northern communities.

One of the CAE’s leaders was the legendary explorer Viljhalmur Stefansson, a dual Canadian/US citizen who was born in Manitoba and raised in North Dakota. Early in his life, Stefansson studied at the University of North Dakota and was later awarded an honorary doctorate of laws degree from UND.


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