August 31, 2015
PICTURE THE ARCTIC: CAPTURING THE STORY OF ARCTIC CLIMATE CHANGE
ANCHORAGE MUSEUM AUDITORIUM, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
Visual imagery can make global challenges personal, compel us to care about critical issues and motivate us to take action. Climate change is one of the most urgent matters facing the Arctic today, so how do we use film, photography, video games and social media to share this important story given all its human, environmental and scientific complexities? How can youth use different technologies and techniques to share their perspective on Arctic climate change with their peers, their communities and the world? High school seniors and university students explore these questions and take a closer look at different ways in which international and local experts have shared the story of the dramatic changes happening in the Arctic Region. This event features introductory remarks from U.S. and Norwegian guests; live streaming with participants in Norway and Minnesota; a moderated expert panel discussion featuring dynamic Arctic and visual storytelling professionals; and an interactive Q&A session.
(0:10 – 1:26) Greeting: Julie Decker, Ph.D., Director and CEO, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
(1:28 – 7:45) Introduction: Ms. Erin Robertson, Arctic Press & Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
(7:50 – 17:10) Youth Welcome: Miss Maka Monture, Alaska Youth for Environmental Action and Mentor, U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassador Program
(17:15 – 30:15) Opening Remarks: Ambassador Kåre R. Aas, Norwegian Ambassador to the United States
(30:20 – 53:00) Presentation #1: Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Executive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, White House Office of Science and Technology
(53:10 – 1:14:26) Presentation #2: Ms. Gloria O’Neill, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cook Inlet Tribal Council
(1:14:32 – 1:28:55) Presentation #3: W. Tad Pfeffer, Ph.D., Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder and Jefferson Science Fellow, The National Academies
(1:28:58 – 1:40:52) Presentation #4: Jan-Gunnar Winther, Ph.D., Director, Norwegian Polar Institute
(1:41:01 – 1:49:49) Presentation #5: Ms. Beate Hårstad Jensen, head of television for the Tromsø office of NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation).
(1:54:08 – 2:14:00) Question & Answer period by presenters
Julie Decker, Ph.D. Director and CEO, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Watch Julie Decker’s introduction at 0:10 here.
About Julie Decker:
Before joining the museum as chief curator in 2011, Decker curated numerous major exhibitions at the Anchorage Museum, including Andy Warhol: Manufactured, Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age, John Hoover: Art and Life and an annual series of exhibitions in the museum’s former children’s gallery.
She has authored numerous exhibition catalogues and publications, including Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, Alaska and the Airplane, From Canvas to Steel: The Architecture of Ed Crittenden and Alaska, and Found and Assembled in Alaska. She was a member of the committee that oversaw the museum expansion and after joining the museum staff, curated the major exhibitions Arctic Flight: A Century of Alaska Aviation, True North: Contemporary Art of the Circumpolar North, and This is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists, which debuted at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles.
Decker envisioned the museum’s Northern Initiative, which combines exhibitions, scholarship, public programming and community outreach to explore the current and future state of the North through culture, community and the environment. She previously owned and ran Decker/Morris Gallery in Anchorage and was an instructor for the University of Alaska. She has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in contemporary art history, criticism and management from Union Institute and University and a master’s degree in arts administration from Golden Gate University. Her work as an artist has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions throughout Alaska and is in the Anchorage Museum collection. She can be reached at MuseumDirector@AnchorageMuseum.org.
Ms. Erin Robertson, Arctic Press & Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
Watch Ms. Robertson’s introduction at 1:28 here.
About Ms. Robertson:
Erin Robertson is a career diplomat currently serving as the Arctic Press & Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State where she manages media and public outreach for the U.S Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and the Office of the U.S Special Representative for the Arctic. She has served tours in Afghanistan, Egypt and Washington, DC. Ms. Robertson was raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She can be reached at RobertsonES@state.gov.
Miss Maka Monture, Alaska Youth for Environmental Action and Mentor, U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassador Program
Watch Miss Monture’s remarks at 7:10 here.
For more information on the Alaska Center for the Environment’s Alaska Youth for Environmental Action program (AYEA), visit akcenter.org/ayea
About Miss Monture:
Maka Monture was raised in Yakutat, Alaska and is of Tlingit and Mohawk decent, born into the Raven moiety, Copper River Clan, House of the Owl. She was involved with the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action during her high school career, holding the position as the president of Yakutat’s chapter and as one of the Campaign leaders in the 2010-2011 Wild Alaskan Salmon Campaign. Miss Monture is also a mentor for the newly-established U.S Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program, a joint initiative of the Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of State. Miss Monture holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Indigenous Studies with a Minor in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. At Northern Arizona University she worked with the Flagstaff-based Connecting Higher Educations Indigenously, a group that encourages community engagement, retention/recruitment of indigenous students and promotes indigenous knowledge. She is a recipient of the Danny Wilcher Award for Young Activists, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Carroll Jorgensen Leadership Award. Ms. Monture is a state champion of both Oratory and Storytelling for the Alaska Native Oratory Society and has keynoted on several occasions, including events for First Alaskans Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency. She is a scholar under the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is on the Statewide Advisory Board for the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, and is a performer with the Yakutat Mt. St. Elias Dancers. Miss Monture can be reached at email@example.com.
Ambassador Kåre R. Aas, Norwegian Ambassador to the United States
Watch Ambassador Aas’s remarks at 17:50 here.
About Ambassador Aas:
Ambassador Kåre R. Aas presented his credentials to President Obama at the White House on Sept. 17, 2013. Ambassador Aas’s distinguished career with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs began in 1983. He left his position in Oslo as Political Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to become the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States. Prior to his assignment as Political Director, Amb. Aas served as the Norwegian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from 2008 - 2010. From 2003 - 2008, Amb. Aas served as Director General, Department for Security Policy and the High North. In that capacity he had the bilateral relationships between Norway and the U.S., the Russian Federation and the Central Asian Republics in his portfolio, and chaired and/or was a member of several international groups working on nuclear disarmament and international peacekeeping operations. From 2005 - 2007 he also served as Norwegian Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) Board of Governors. Amb. Aas was born on May 25, 1955 in Oslo, Norway. He has three daughters and one son. To contact Ambassador Aas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Executive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Learn more about the “Our Shared Arctic” short film series featuring Ambassador Brzezinksi and Swedish comedian Felix Herngren here.
President Obama recently visited Alaska. Learn more here: whitehouse.gov/Alaska
About Ambassador Brzezinski:
Mark Francis Brzezinski served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden from October 2011 to July 2015. On August 13, 2015, John Holdren, Ph.D., the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, announced that Ambassador Brzezinski would serve as the new Executive Director of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee (AESC), which President Obama established with his January 2015 Executive Order, "Enhancing Coordination of National Efforts in the Arctic." Ambassador Brzezinski's appointment as Executive Director of the AESC underscores the importance that President Obama attaches to coordination of U.S. efforts in the Arctic. During his tenure in Stockholm, which included the period of Sweden's chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Ambassador Brzezinski worked closely with the Swedish government on a wide range of Arctic issues. Under his leadership, the U.S. Embassy developed new partnerships with governments and diplomats, businesses, and the environmental and NGO communities, with emphasis on the link between what is happening in the Arctic and what is happening in the rest of the world. Mr. Brzezinski has had a distinguished career in both public service and the private sector. From 1999 to 2001, Ambassador Brzezinski served on the National Security Council staff under President Clinton, first as Director for Russia and Eurasia, and then as Director for the Balkans. He received his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, a law degree at the University of Virginia Law School, has Doctorate in political science from Oxford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Warsaw, Poland. Before joining the Obama Administration, he was also a partner at a Washington, DC law firm. He is married to Natalia Brzezinski, a Huffington Post blogger and freelance writer, and they have one daughter. He is a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Council on Foreign Relations. Ambassador Brzezinski can be contacted at email@example.com.
Ms. Gloria O’Neill, President and CEO, Cook Inlet Tribal Council
About Ms. O’Neill:
Serving as President and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) since 1998, Gloria O’Neill has led the organization’s growth in becoming one of the major social service providers in Alaska. Through rigorous attention to community-based results, Ms. O’Neill has established CITC’s national reputation as a leading innovator of effective and replicable approaches to overcoming disparities in education, employment, family preservation and substance dependency. CITC provides nearly 50 essential programs serving more than 12,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people each year. Ms. O’Neill currently serves as a member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents. She is also a member of the Alaskan Command Civilian Advisory Board and Founder of Upper One Games, LLC. In her role as President and CEO of CITC Enterprises Inc. (CEI), Ms. O’Neill serves as Executive Chair and board member of E-Line Ventures, LLC. At the national level, Ms. O’Neill was appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC), and is a former member of the Department of the Interior Tribal/Interior Budget Council and the Race and Ethnicity Advisory Committee of the U.S. Census Bureau. Ms. O’Neill also served as a Board member of the National CASA Association, and is a Fellow of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellowship Program. Ms. O’Neill earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Alaska Pacific University, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Originally from Soldotna, Alaska, Ms. O’Neill is of Yup’ik and Irish descent.
W. Tad Pfeffer, Ph.D., Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder and National Academies Jefferson Science Fellow
See a clip of Chasing Ice here.
About W. Tad Pfeffer:
W. Tad Pfeffer, Ph.D., is a glaciologist at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and professor of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Pfeffer was recently selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow (JSF), a program established in 2003 as an initiative of the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. The Jefferson Science Fellows Program is designed to further build capacity for science, technology and engineering expertise within the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Pfeffer’s research areas include the mechanics and dynamics of glaciers and heat and mass transfer in snow. He has worked for more than 30 years on glaciological projects in Alaska, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Nepal, Africa, and Antarctica. He has done fieldwork on Alaska’s Columbia Glacier for two decades. Tad is also active in photography and photogrammetry of glaciers and landscapes, using imagery for both description and analysis of glacier changes. His scientific research is focused on glacier mechanics and dynamics, and particularly on dynamics of ocean-ending glaciers and glacier contributions to sea level. He was a Lead Author for Chapter 13 (Sea Level Change) in the IPCC Fifth Assessment/Working Group I (2013), and was a Panel member on the National Research Council Committee on Sea Level Rise in California, Oregon, and Washington (2012). He also operates WT Pfeffer Geophysical Consultants, LLC, providing consulting modeling, analysis, and assessments on sea level rise and glacier-related hazards. He is the author of The Opening of a New Landscape: Columbia Glacier at Mid-Retreat, published by the American Geophysical Union in 2007. His most recent book is The Hand of the Small Town Builder, published in March 2014, by David R. Godine. In addition to scientific publications, his photographic work has appeared in exhibitions in the Boulder/Denver area, in American Scientist, GEO (Germany), Geotimes, BBC television productions, and in the movie and book, An Inconvenient Truth, by Nobel laureate Al Gore. Dr. Pfeffer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan-Gunnar Winther, Ph.D., Director, Norwegian Polar Institute
For more information about the Norwegian Polar Institute, visit npolar.no/en
About Jan-Gunnar Winther:
Jan-Gunnar Winther, Ph.D., is the director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, a position he has held since 2005. He holds a holds a Ph.D. from the Norwegian Institute of Technology. He was an Adjunct Professor at the University Centre in Svalbard from 2002-2007 and led courses at the Norwegian National Defence College in 2003 and 2013. Dr. Winther serves on a number of national and international committees and delegations and is the deputy chair of the Norwegian Government’s Expert Committee on Northern Regions Policies, a national expert to the Arctic Council and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, Lead Author on IPCC’s AR5, member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, the World Economic Forum, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and the Explorers Club. Dr. Winther can be reached at email@example.com.
Ms. Beate Hårstad Jensen, television director, NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation)
Learn more about Mission Arctic here (in Norwegian): nrksuper.no/oppdragnansen
About Ms. Jensen:
Beate Hårstad Jensen is the head of television for the Tromsø office of NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). She focuses on producing TV programs from the North and Arctic. She has spent years developing programs for children focusing on climate and environment. One of her most recent projects, Mission Arctic, is a television show featuring four Norwegian children who skied to the North Pole in April 2015 in order to learn, experience and explore one of the most crucial questions of their generation: “What happens when the ice melts?” The Mission Arctic series was created for children 8-12 years old and will air in January 2016 on Norwegian channels NRK SUPER and NRK1. Ms. Jensen can be reached at Beate.Harstad.Jensen@nrk.no.