Lecture by Arctic Explorer
Oct 04, 2012FOR MORE INFORMATION:
DR. PER ANDERSON, associate dean for Global Learning and professor, Religion
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AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
ROYAL NORWEGIAN EMBASSY TEAM VISIT AND
LECTURE BY ARCTIC EXPLORER AT CONCORDIA
A Royal Norwegian Embassy team will visit Concordia College Tuesday, Oct. 9. The visit includes a public lecture, “A Voyage Around the North Pole: Modern Exploration and Climate Change,” by Thorleif Thorleifsson at 8 p.m. in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center, preceded by a dessert reception in the atrium beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The team includes Thorleifsson, explorer; as well as Marit Archer Saether, environmental counselor, and Urd Milbury, cultural and information officer, both from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington, D.C.; and Christina Carleton, vice consul, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Minneapolis.
Thorleifsson’s lecture touches upon several areas of interest such as arctic exploration, climate change, the increasing strategic importance of the high north and the continuation of the Norwegian explorer history.
Thorleifsson, who sees himself not as an explorer but a polar sailor, continues the long Norwegian tradition of polar exploration using his journeys to conduct scientific research and to bear witness to the consequences of climate change in the high north. He believes his record-setting journey around the arctic in 80 days was possible because regions previously covered in thick ice are now open sea. Having made several expeditions in parts of the world that are experiencing drastic physical changes, Thorleifsson has become acutely aware of and concerned about ongoing climate change.
The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.