K-12 EDUCATOR WORKSHOP | The Arctic Today: An International Perspective
Husky Union Building
Seattle, WA, USA
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: University of Washington, Husky Union Building (HUB) room 145
Registration Fee: $10.00
The Arctic is the Earth’s refrigerator ensuring that our climate is kept in balance, yet the region is warming at three to four times the rate of the rest of the world. It is home to four million people, 10% of them Arctic Indigenous Peoples, including Inuit, Sámi, Yu’pik, Iñupiat, Gwich’in, Athabascan, Aleut, and Indigenous Peoples in Russia. The Arctic Council representing the region is the only international forum where Indigenous organizations serve almost en par with nation-states. Yet few understand the Arctic. Please join us in-person Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM for a three-hour workshop where educators will be introduced to the Arctic through an international lens--from the perspective of Canada, China and Russia--by top scholars in Arctic studies. Washington State educators are eligible for clock hours upon completion of the workshop.
SESSION 1 | Arctic 101: An Introduction to the Arctic | 4:00 - 5:00 PM
This presentation will provide an overview of the unique impacts of climate change in the Arctic and how climate change has contributed to geopolitical tensions. Who owns the Arctic and how do we resolve disputes in the region? What about the latest actors on the international stage - Arctic Indigenous Peoples? The presentation will provide a context for thinking about how the Arctic features into international relations today.
SESSION 2 | Russia in the Arctic: A Historical Perspective | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
This talk will provide an overview of Russia’s historical engagement with the North. It will also discuss the benefits and challenges of a historical approach for understanding the Russian Arctic and the Circumpolar North more broadly.
SESSION 3 | Remote Sensing and the Reordering of Arctic Lands and Imaginaries | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Remote sensing is defined as the art, science, and technique of gathering information about an object without making physical contact with it. While remote sensing platforms such as satellites monitor Earth from space, their operations affect people and places on the ground, many of which are in the Arctic. This talk seeks to identify remote sensing’s environmental and cultural impacts and reimagine the technology along more expansive lines in and from the places affected by its development.
This event is sponsored by the Canadian Studies Center; Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies; East Asia Center; and Center for Global Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington; along with the World Affairs Council - Seattle and Study Canada K12 at Western Washington University.