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Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 2001

Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 2001

All events are at 8.00 p.m. in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road. They are open to all who are interested, and seats will be reserved, on request, for Friends of the Institute.

The return of the kayak

Saturday, 20 January

Gareth Burnell, Bishop's Stortford College

Incorporating slides from the 1930-31 British Arctic Air Route Expedition with slides from his own recent expedition, the speaker draws comparisons between the lifestyle of East Greenlanders then and now, and makes the case for the promotion of kayaking as recreation, as a tourist attraction, and as a traditional hunting tool. Most importantly, he argues the use of all three to restore the dignity and image of a society which has suffered much from European imports, particularly alcohol.

Remembering Iniakuk: eight seasons in the Brooks Range

Saturday, 3 February

Kenneth Jessen, Scott Polar Research Institute

A current Masters student at the Institute, the speaker will recount the years he spent working and guiding at Iniakuk Lake Lodge in Alaska's Brooks Range. His illustrated talk not only documents the landscape and wildlife of this remote region, but offers insights into lodge-based tourism and the unique lifestyle it represents.

Reclaiming the land: indigenous experiences in the Russian North

Saturday, 17 February

Gail Fondahl (University of Northern British Columbia)

Indigenous Russians are now able to receive allotments of land on which to practice their traditional activities. In a slide-illustrated talk, the speaker recounts how reindeer herders and hunters have gone about getting land allotments, what challenges they have faced, and what they themselves think about the reforms.

On floating ice: two years on an Antarctic ice-shelf south of 75ºS

Saturday, 3 March

Joseph MacDowall

The speaker, author of a recent book, was a member of the Main Party of the Royal Society expedition which, founding the scientific resources and laboratories, developed at Halley Bay the full range of scientific observations needed to meet the objectives of the International Geophysical Year in Antarctica. He was at Royal Society Base from January 1957 to January 1959, and was appointed Expedition Leader in January 1958.