March 1, 2016
For Immediate Release
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will host James Raffan, a Canadian writer, speaker and cultural geographer March 7 at 4 p.m. for a special presentation on his recent expeditions to the circumpolar arctic. Raffan, author of Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and change in the invisible Arctic, will use sounds, images and stories of Northern societies and landscapes based on three years journeying to Canada’s North. His presentation explores the significant changes happening to those communities and environments.
“Many people will never have the opportunity to visit Canada’s Arctic,” said Scott Slocombe, professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. “James Raffan’s presentation is a rare opportunity to explore this important part of Canada and meet the communities and natural landscapes that are such a big part of Canada’s identity and history.”
Raffan, a Guelph, Ontario native, currently serves as the executive director of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. For 19 years, Raffan was a professor of Outdoor & Experiential Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He has produced 16 books and written for media outlets including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Explore, The Globe and Mail, as well as for CBC Radio and The Discovery Channel. Raffan is a community activist and volunteer, a fellow of the Explorers Club, past chair of the Arctic Institute of North America as well as a fellow and past governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Raffan was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Camsell Medal in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
The event will be held March 7 at 4 p.m. on Laurier’s Waterloo campus in the Paul Martin Centre. The event is free and open to the public.
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