BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY


Impact of Arctic melting subject of 2008 Reddin Symposium

Three international experts will offer their perspectives on how the changing Arctic Ocean affects not only the Canadian North but also the world as a whole during the 21st annual Reddin Symposium Saturday (Jan. 19). This year’s topic is “Changing Landscapes: Climate, Culture and Sovereignty in the Canadian North.”

As the Arctic heats up, so does controversy in the northern regions of Canada. Environmental change is occurring faster there than elsewhere, setting the stage for how nations around the globe will come to grips with climate change.

The thawing of the Northwest Passage promises shortcuts for shipping and opportunities for resource development, while the Inuit and other local people seek sustainable policy solutions for the vulnerable ecosystem. At the same time, questions are arising over sovereignty.

Hosted by BGSU's Canadian Studies Center, the Reddin Symposium provides a forum for timely topics about Canada and its relationship to the United States. This year's program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall. Speakers include Dr. Rob Huebert, Rosemary Cooper and Dr. Terry Fenge.

Huebert is an associate professor of political science at the University of Calgary and associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. His expertise is in international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defense policy, and circumpolar relations.

Cooper is political coordinator of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Canada's national Inuit organization. She and ITK work to gain further recognition of Inuit rights and promote the study of Northern affairs.

Fenge is principal of Terry Fenge Consulting Inc. and senior policy advisor to the Arctic Athabaskan Council. Specializing in international public policy in the circumpolar Arctic, his aim is to blend research and advocacy in order to translate science into public policy.

Although there is no charge to attend, advance reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling Barb Berta at the Canadian Studies Center, at 2-2457, emailing cast@bgsu.edu, or registering online at www.bgsu.edu/cast.

This year's symposium is possible due to generous support by the Reddin family of Bowling Green, the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences, and the government of Canada.

January 14, 2008