The Future of Ice Course & Speaker Series – Winter 2014

This course on “The Future of Ice: Lessons about the changing Arctic through art, science, politics, and activism,” will be offered Winter 2014 by the College of the Environment, the Canadian Studies Center, and the Quaternary Research Center in complement to the Future of Ice Lecture Series, which will bring experts from around the world to discuss issues such as glacial retreat, wildlife at the poles, and the changing Arctic environment’s impact on Inuit culture
The speaker series and course are part of a larger Future of Ice initiative to strategically advance polar regions scholarship across the University. You can read about the initiative in the latest College of the Environment newsletter.



Michelle Hall
Director of Student and Academic Services
College of the Environment
University of Washington
Ocean Sciences Building, Suite 200, Room 207
1492 NE Boat Street, Box 355355
Seattle, WA 98195-5355
Phone: 206-543-6233
Fax: 206-685-7532

C ENV 490 / ARCTIC 498 Course
The Future of Ice: Lessons about the changing Arctic through art, science, politics, and activism
C ENV 490 / ARCTIC 498 (NOTE: ARCTIC 498 will be added to the time schedule listing soon.)

2 credits (CR/NC grading)
SLN: 20769
Meeting Times:
Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
In addition to T/TH class session, students MUST also attend 6 “Future of Ice” evening lectures that meet on various dates (see schedule below).
Students who register for the course should NOT register for the speaker series – all students in the course will automatically be registered for the speaker series without having to do so separately.
Eric Steig, Professor, Earth and Space Sciences, Quaternary Research Center
Nadine Fabbi, Associate Director, Canadian Studies Center
In Winter quarter, six experts on the Earth’s polar regions will present public lectures on the multifaceted ways in which those regions are changing. The speakers include Arctic biologists Jody Deming and Dee Boersma, acclaimed photographers James Balog and Paul Nicklen, Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier, and former premier of the Yukon Tony Penikett. Each speaker will give an give a public evening lecture as part of the Walker-Ames/Danz lecture series. This class provides an opportunity to meet with the speakers, engage with the material they have presented, and have a conversation about their work. We will meet twice per week during the time of the speakers’ visits, once to read materials prior to the evening lecture, and again to meet with the speaker. Students will be expected to attend all evening lectures and classes, and to submit an essay at the end of the class that brings together the diverse material.
Future of Ice Evening Lectures (6:30-8:00 PM, Kane Hall)
Full descriptions of lectures »
Wednesday, January 8
James Balog, Photographer
Lecture Title: When Mountains Move
Thursday, January 16
Tony Penikett, UW Canada Visiting Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies
Lecture Title: Arctic Populations, Northern Security Issues and Emerging Forms of Governance
Thursday, February 6
Jody Deming, Walters Endowed Professor, UW Oceanography and Astrobiology
Lecture Title: Living in Sea Ice – It’s a Wonderful Life!
Thursday, February 20
Paul Nicklen, Photojournalist
Lecture Title: Polar Obsession
Wednesday, March 5
Dee Boersma, Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science and Director for the Center for Penguins as Ocean Sentinels
Lecture Title: Penguins as Ocean Sentinels
Tuesday, March 11
Sheila Watt Cloutier, Former Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference
Lecture Title: The Right to be Cold
Class Schedule (Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30-11:20 AM)
Guest Speakers for class sessions:

  • Thursday, January 16: Tony Penikett
  • Tuesday, February 4: Jody Deming
  • Thursday, February 20: Paul Nicklen
  • Thursday, March 6: Dee Boersma
  • Tuesday, March 11: Sheila Watt Cloutier

Speaker series and course sponsored by:
College of the Environment
Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Quaternary Research Center
Questions? Contact conevaad