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Wednesday Talk: January 10, 2024, 2-4 pm – in-person and on Zoom  

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January 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday Talk: January 10, 2024, 2-4 pm – in-person and on Zoom  

Speaker: Max Friesen, Anthropology, U of T

Title: “Ancient and Urgent: Climate Change Threats to the Arctic Heritage Record”

Abstract: The long-term history of the circumpolar North is facing catastrophic threats from changing climates. Rising sea levels, thawing permafrost, and increasing storminess are together causing severe destruction of archaeological sites, in particular those located on eroding coasts. This presentation will outline a five-year University of Toronto project that sought to understand and mitigate this problem in the most dramatically affected area in Canada: the Mackenzie Delta region, home to modern Inuvialuit communities.

Bio: Prof. Friesen is currently Tri-Campus Graduate Chair of the Department of Anthropology and is based on the St. George Campus. He has performed fieldwork in the Arctic since 1986 in collaboration with Inuit cultural organizations. His research is focused on reconstructing long-term patterns of changing economic and social organization over the full 5,000-year span of Arctic culture history. His recent research has gradually become more focused on climate change, in terms of both the impacts of past climate change on Inuit culture, and the role of modern climate change in the destruction of the northern archaeological record.

The link to register is https://forms.office.com/r/qkZHEhbb8p.

The deadline to register is the Monday morning the day of the event at 8 am. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.


January 10
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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