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Lawson Brigham, Arctic Policy Expert, to Kick Off New "Changing Notions of State, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination" Series, February 10

Feb 10, 2011 (All day)
Audience: 
Open to the Public

Lawson Brigham, Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, will present a public lecture titled, "The New Maritime Arctic: Crossroads of Globalization, Climate Change & Geopolitics" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. The discussion is the first of four lecture events in the School's "Changing Notions of State, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination" Series, co-sponsored with The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination as part of their 10th anniversary.

Brigham is Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North in Anchorage. Widely published in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Russia and Norway, his research interests for more than three decades have focused on the Soviet/Russian maritime Arctic, Arctic climate change, marine transportation, remote sensing of sea ice, Arctic environmental protection, and polar geopolitics.

From 2005 to 2009 he was chair and U.S. co-lead of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment and vice chair of the Council’s working group on Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment. He was a career U.S. Coast Guard officer serving from 1970 to 1995 and retiring with the rank of captain. Brigham also served as chief of strategic planning and director of the work-life study at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. He has participated in more than 15 Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.

He has been a research fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a faculty member of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School, and deputy director & Alaska office director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (BS), a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, and holds graduate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil & PhD).

The Changing Notions of State, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination series is one of five new thematic lecture series that includes Race and Public Policy; Financial Market Regulation; Intractable Conflicts; and Implementing Healthcare Reform (co-sponsored with the School’s Center for Health and Wellbeing). Each series features four to six lectures and/or panel discussions that will convene noted scholars, diplomats, think tank, public policy and government officials to discuss pressing policy issues.

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02.10.2011
Lawson Brigham, Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, presented a public lecture titled, "The New Maritime Arctic: Crossroads of Globalization, Climate Change & Geopolitics" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. The discussion is the first of...