Northern Exposures: Four Views of the Arctic

September 29th, 2010 by Adam


Plymouth, N.H.Journey through the Arctic Refuge is an exhibition created by the National Geographic Society of photographs by John Burcham and Jonathan Waterman. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 19.2-million-acre refuge, its inhabitants and the challenges before it.

George Schaller, who paired with Waterman for the 1956 trek said of the Refuge, “There are places on earth that are so special and unique that they must remain unaffected by greed and preserved without compromise. The Arctic Refuge is one of these.”

Plymouth State University was the final destination of this nationally touring project, and the exhibition is on display through October 3. Photographer and author Jon Waterman presented a gallery discussion September 22.

Three additional lectures have been added to the series:
Thursday, Oct. 7, 12:30 p.m. Memorial Hall Room 103Professor of Tourism Management Mark Okrant: Is Tourism the Answer for Arctic Communities?

Okrant says, “Communities throughout the Arctic are faced with an uncertain economic future. A number of these have turned to tourism as a solution. Is this really a sustainable remedy?”

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Boyd Science Center Room 144Film: Diet of Souls by John Houston (English and Inuktitut with English subtitles.)

John Houston’s third film, Diet of Souls, contains a message from Inuit elders about how the world and the animals must be looked after, and the traditional Inuit belief that animals have souls and are, in fact, non-human persons. Ree Brennin will be a discussant.

Houston has directed two experimental documentaries about Inuit cultural beliefs, Diet of Souls and Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts, which won the award for Outstanding Achievement in a Documentary at the 2002 Directors Guild of Canada Awards. Houston has also directed Songs in Stone: An Arctic Journey Home, about the Inuit artists of Cape Dorset and his parents, Alma and James Houston, who are widely recognized for their work in developing the art market for Inuit sculpture and prints.

Songs in Stone won the Best Arts/Entertainment Award at the 2000 Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival. He worked as first assistant director on Carroll Ballard’s Never Cry Wolf and several other productions before making his own films.

Thursday, Dec. 2, 12:30 p.m., Memorial Hall Room 103PSU Professor of History Emeritus David Switzer: On the Track of the Revenue Cutter Bear. In 1886 the U.S Revenue Service sent the cutter Bear north to patrol in Alaskan waters, including the Bering Sea; west to Siberia and north to Point Barrow. Photographs of Lt. Charles Kennedy show images of whalers, native watercraft and various native peoples of the region.

Sponsors of the series are: Institute for New Hampshire Studies, PSU International Film Society,
Museum of the White Mountains, Common Ground, Center for the Environment, Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State Outing Club, PSU Adventure Education (Dept of Health and Human Performance),
PSU Geography Club, PSU Science Society and the Hartman Union Building.

For information about the series contact Professor Okrant, mokrant@plymouth.edu.

For information about the exhibition contact PSU Director of Exhibitions Catherine Amidon, camidon@plymouth.edu.

For general information about events at PSU, log on to ThisWeek@PSU. http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

Contact: Betsy Cheney (603) 535-2276

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