Arctic Journey: Discoveries of inter-relationships in the circumpolar north
Frozen. Deserted. Barren fields of ice. These may be the images we conjure when thinking of the Arctic, but in reality, it is a region full of beauty, wildlife, mineral resources, and rich, indigenous cultures. The extreme environment demands close interactions among its inhabitants, and these relationships are the focus of Brown Symposium XXVI, Arctic Journey: Discoveries of inter-relationships in the circumpolar north.
The Arctic's rapid climate change has drawn close attention from scientists who seek to determine its consequences on animals, plants and the cultural integrity of the indigenous peoples. Some suggest the change in the Arctic foreshadows what we might expect globally. Because of their long history and close tie to the environment, the indigenous groups in the Arctic have much insight into the changes that are presently occurring. This traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) must be incorporated into the development of environmental policy in the Arctic, requiring further understanding of the relationships between the environment and the people who inhabit this vast land.
The Brown Symposium at Southwestern University
The Brown Symposium is presented by Southwestern University on an annual basis. Open to the public without charge, the symposium is funded through an endowment established by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Texas, for professorships at the University.
The symposia are designed to enhance the effectiveness of the work for which the endowed professorships were established. Each symposium presents topics in one of the broad areas of study represented by the chairholder.
Arctic Journey: Discoveries of inter-relationships in the circumpolar north was developed by Stephanie Fabritius, professor of biology, associate provost and director of the Paideia Program; holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair.
Lecture events are held in the Alma Thomas Theater, located in the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center. An alumni reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 in the Julie Puett Howry Center.