This event will trace the legacy of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, launched in 1913, and its leader Viljhalmur Stefansson, in his day one of the most colorful and notorious students at UND. Speakers will draw on Stefansson's work and influences to examine new linkages between the United States and the Canadian Arctic.
Will Steger, renowned polar explorer; David Gray, the leading expert on the Canadian Arctic Expedition; Jamshed Merchant, Consul General of Canada; Mike Jacobs, publisher of the Grand Forks Herald,, Doug Munski, UND geography professor; and Timothy Pasch, UND communications professor.
The CAE laid the foundation for a century of scientific endeavor; led to the discovery of unknown islands; collected thousands of photos, specimens and artifacts; and established important and long-lasting relationships with Northern communities. One of the CAE's leaders was the legendary explorer Viljhalmur Stefansson, a dual Canadian/US citizen who was born in Manitoba and raised in North Dakota. Early in his life, Stefansson studied at the University of North Dakota and was later awarded an honorary doctorate of laws degree from UND.