The Arctic Visiting Speakers Series (AVS), managed by the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) with funding from the National Science Foundation Division of Arctic Sciences, funds researchers and other arctic experts to travel and share their knowledge in communities where they might not otherwise connect. Speakers cover a wide range of arctic research topics and can address a variety of audiences including
K-12 students, graduate and undergraduate students, and the public.

The AVS program is proud to announce two separate tours taking place in November:

The Prince William Sound Science Center in Cordova, Alaska will be hosting Dr. Robert McGhee, a curator of arctic archaeology from Ottawa, Canada. His programs will trace the perception of the Arctic as seen through the written history of western civilization, and compare traditional views of the native Inuit with those revealed by the study of archaeology. Dr. McGhee will be addressing the students of Cordova Middle School and High School as well as the Native Elders and the Native Corporation staff during a potluck luncheon. Dr. McGhee will also speak to the community of Cordova in the U.S. Forest Service conference room on Tuesday, 2 November at 7:00 p.m. This lecture will be televised live to viewers in Valdez, Alaska. For more information on the Cordova tour, please see:

The Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) in Everett, Washington will be hosting Charles Wohlforth, author of "The Whale and the Supercomputer" and "The Fate of Nature." His talks will concentrate on ocean and arctic environmental problems; especially climate change, sea ice loss, and ocean acidification, and how changes in social norms that govern our relationship to nature are key to addressing these issues. Mr. Wohlforth will speak to the students and faculty of ORCA as well as the students of Everett Community College. For more information on the Everett tour, please see:

For further information on AVS, please go to:

Or contact:
Julie Griswold
Phone: 907-474-1600