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CN Forum: Putting the Arctic in Plain Sight
Thursday, 16 Nov 2017
8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Kellogg Center, Big Ten C
Canadian Studies Center
Event Details:

Join Dr. Lawson Brigham as he discusses the Arctic and its critical stage of global importance.

A changing Arctic has long drawn the attention of environmental scientists and those across the world who are interested in supply chain logistics, community sustainability, and geopolitics. These dynamics present opportunity for some, but unfamiliar challenges for many. The Arctic calls for critical observation and research to proceed wisely into the future.

The discussion will cover research needs, current dynamics that affect people living in the Arctic and across the world, and how the research of Dr. Brigham and the scholars at MSU addresses the needs of the Artic.

Register for the CN Forum here. Check-in and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. program start.

About the Presenter

Dr. Lawson W. Brigham is a Distinguished Fellow and Faculty in the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He is also a Fellow at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Center for Arctic Study and Policy. He was a career Coast Guard officer and commanded four cutters including the icebreaker Polar Sea on Arctic & Antarctic expeditions, and was Chief of Strategic Planning at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC.  During 2004-09 he was chair of the Arctic Council's Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment.  He has been a research fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; a faculty member of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and UAF as Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy; and, Alaska Director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.  
Brigham is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (BS), a Naval War College distinguished graduate, and holds graduate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS) and Cambridge University (MPhil & PhD).  His research interests have focused on the Russian maritime Arctic, Arctic climate change, polar marine transportation, Arctic futures, and polar geopolitics. Captain Brigham was a 2008 signer of the American Geographical Society's Flier's and Explorer's Globe, the Society's historic globe of exploration, in recognition of Polar Sea's 1994 voyages becoming the first ship in history to reach the extreme ends of the global ocean. 
Dr. Brigham is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was elected in 2013 to the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.  He was awarded the American Polar Society's Polar Medal in 2015 and was appointed to the National Academy's Polar Research Board in summer 2017.

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