As climate change transforms our environment, the Arctic and Antarctic face a troubling, uncertain fate. Join UWAA in partnership with the Graduate School and the College of the Environment for The Future of Ice, a six-part free lecture series that looks at our polar regions from a variety of perspectives. A slate of renowned experts will cover issues including glacial retreat, wildlife at the poles, emerging forms of governance and the changing Arctic environment’s impact on Inuit culture.

When: Jan. 8, Jan. 16, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 5, and March 11, 2014.
All lectures are from 6:30–8 p.m.
Where: Kane Hall, UW Seattle. See individual lectures for details.
Cost: All lectures are free and open to the public. To ensure a seat, please register when registration opens

UWAA and UWRA members receive advance registration for the series! Not a member? Join today! Stay tuned for registration information for upcoming lectures – including Nate Silver and more!

2014 Future of Ice series:

Jan. 8, 2014
When Mountains Move
Speaker: James Balog, photographer and founder of Extreme Ice Survey, a ground-based, photographic study of glaciers
Location: Kane Hall, Room 130

Lawrence Buell

Just how is climate change altering our environment? Photographer James Balog will provide photographic proof in a multimedia show that explores humanity’s shifting relationship with nature. Balog will share the latest photos and image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glacier retreat in a variety of exotic landscapes, from Mount Everest to Greenland. Register now.

Free film screening: Register today for a screening of James Balog's film Chasing Ice. The Jan. 7 screening will shed light on Balog's experiences in the world's harshest regions and examine the toll climate change is taking on the Arctic and Antarctic.

Jan. 16, 2014
Arctic Populations, Northern Security Issues and Emerging Forms of Governance
Speaker: Tony Penikett, 2013-14 UW Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies
Location: Kane Hall, Room 120

Dr. Boris Lushniak, RADM

The climate isn’t the only thing changing in Alaska and Canada’s northern territories. New forms of governance are taking shape, upsetting the old hierarchies of federal, provincial or state, and local governments in the process. Tony Penikett will discuss these changes while forecasting what they might mean for the future of the region. Register now.

Feb. 6, 2014
Living in Sea Ice—It’s a Wonderful Life!
Speaker: Jody W. Deming, Walters endowed professor in the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography, Rabinowitz Lecturer
Location: Kane Hall, Room 120

Dr. Boris Lushniak, RADM

Humans and marine mammals alike depend on sea ice for their livelihoods, but so do an astronomical number of invisible life forms that dwell inside the ice. Jody Deming will take a big-picture look at the importance of these tiny microbes—and even talk about what these organisms might mean for life on other planets. Register now.

Feb. 20, 2014
Polar Obsession
Speaker: Paul Nicklen, photojournalist and author (Polar Obsession)
Location: Kane Hall, Room 130

Dr. Boris Lushniak, RADM

Photojournalist Paul Nicklen has spent years working in some of the world’s most remote environments, capturing iconic images of wildlife and incredible animals. The four-time BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year will share stories and photos from these expeditions that expose both the beauty and the harshness of these land and seascapes. Register now.

March 5, 2014
Penguins as Ocean Sentinels
Speaker: Dr. P. Dee Boersma, Wadsworth endowed chair in conservation science and director for the Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels, Rabinowitz Lecturer
Location: Kane Hall, Room 120

Dr. Boris Lushniak, RADM

Of the 18 species of penguin, five are considered endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and only three are considered robust and healthy. Dee Boersma will discuss the challenges facing penguins and their uncertain future in the wake of a changing climate. Register now.

March 11, 2014
The Right to be Cold
Speaker: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, former chair for the Inuit Circumpolar Conference
Location: Kane Hall, Room 130

Dr. Boris Lushniak, RADM

Climate change isn’t just about science and politics; it directly impacts the Inuit, whose culture is intertwined with Arctic’s environment. Sheila Watt-Cloutier will share the human story of the Arctic communities and their journeys through rapid change on the way to long-term sustainability. Register now.

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