Join the GW Geography Department for their Fall 2017 speaker series! Each semester the Department hosts a number of different speakers on a variety of topics relating to the field of Geography. All are welcome to attend these exciting and intriguing talks. Please RSVP here!
Sustainability in the Arctic as an interdisciplinary issue, requiring understanding of climatic, and environmental conditions as well as anthropogenic factors such as economics, migration, and governance. In July, 2017, GWU professors in collaboration with Moscow State University took an international group of students from the US, Russia, and Europe to the Arctic cities of Salekhard and Vorkuta, to research these topics and the linkages between them. Students spent alternating days conducting work in the tundra and cities learning methods of the environmental research. While in the cities, students engaged with local government officials, research centers, museums, and universities to learn about socioeconomic and governance challenges facing these urban areas. Moreover, the course encouraged an open exchange and dialogue between students from different backgrounds and cultures. The talk will outline the major challenges of rapidly changing Arctic conditions and share the lessons and experiences gained by students during the filed school.
Dmitry (Dima) Streletskiy is an Assistant Professor of Geography and International Affairs at GWU and co-organizer of the filed school over the last several years. Luis Suter and Nina Feldman are graduate students who participated in field school over the past summer.