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Public Lecture Series with Dr. James Raffan

Circling the Midnight Sun

Over the course of three years, Dr. James Raffan circumnavigated the globe at 66.6ºN latitude: the Arctic Circle. Armed with his passion for the north, his interest and experience in diverse cultures, and his unquenchable sense of adventure, he set out to put a human face on climate change. What he discovered was by turns shocking, frustrating, entertaining, and enlightening. In Circling the Midnight Sun Raffan presents a warm-hearted, engaging portrait of the circumpolar world, and above all a deeply affecting story of societies and landscapes in the throes of enormous change. Compelling and utterly original, with his humour and fluency in oral storytelling, this is both an adventure story and a presentation that will change your view of the north forever.

A recent audience member called Circling the Midnight Sun “transcendant,” adding, “his sincerity and eloquence touched so many people this morning and, speaking for myself, touched me very deeply.” About the book, the Literary Review of Canada said, “Raffan’s account reveals the spirit of an adventurer, the intellect of a geographer, the curiosity of a journalist and the heart of a humanist. He brings these elements together in a way that is not only highly readable, but tailored for the suite of contradictory patterns, ethnical conundrums and rapid change that is the modern Arctic.”

Dr. James Raffan is a prolific writer, speaker, cultural geographer, Kickass Canadian and tireless advocate for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. For 19 years a Professor of Outdoor & Experiential Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, over the years 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. He is a community activist and volunteer, a Fellow International 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, service for which he was awarded the Camsell Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

For more details:

Date: Monday, January 11th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 with a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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