Global Insight Program to Focus on Circumpolar Region in 2011-12

Posted on June 29th, 2011 by

The Gustavus Global Insight program, now in its fourth year of existence, will focus on the Circumpolar Region of Alaska, Northern Canada, Russia, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden throughout the 2011-12 academic year.

Gustavus Global Insight is a campus-wide initiative designed to increase cultural and international awareness. In the spirit of the liberal arts tradition, this interdisciplinary program will include class time and course offerings dedicated to the featured region, special presentations, lectures and panel discussions by members of the Gustavus community and invited guests, fine arts events, and service-learning opportunities. Topics addressed will range from issues of sustainability and climate change, indigenous peoples, education, business and trade, food and literature, languages, film and the visual arts.

Some of the events related to the Circumpolar Region that will take place during the 2011-12 academic year include: 

  • A monthly series of informal lectures about issues related to the Circumpolar Region
  • A monthly film series
  • A day-long event during the fall semester highlighting “Indigenous Peoples and Cultures in the Circumpolar Region”
  • A day-long event during the spring semester highlighting “Sustainability and Economics in the Circumpolar Region”

For more information on the Gustavus Global Insight program, contact the program’s steering committee co-chairs Kjerstin Moody ( or Helena Karlsson (


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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