Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) - Thematic Forum
U.S. as an Arctic Nation—Opportunities for collaboration in internationalization
Hosted by UAF, Dartmouth College, and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
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The primary goal of this event is to establish awareness and generate interest in the Arctic and Arctic issues among international educators and university leaders. As the Arctic is largely unrepresented U.S. international education, this forum is designed to present the Arctic as a destination for student mobility, showcase opportunities for education and research, and encourage engagement of U.S. institutions as current and potential University of the Arctic (UArctic) members.
Supported by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), and led by educators at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Dartmouth College, program leads invite attendees to participate in discussion and planning regarding circumpolar collaboration in education and research, and to discover the benefits of membership in the 170-member UArctic circumpolar network.
8:00a—Welcome; coffee and pastries
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Butrovich Building Rooms
- Donna Anger, Director, International Programs & Initiatives, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Dr. Melody Brown Burkins, Associate Director for Programs & Research, The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding; Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College
8:30a—Arctic Research in an International Context—Bridging Research and Education
- Larry Hinzman, Vice Chancellor for Research; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks
This session is designed as an overview of critical areas of Arctic research. Dr. Hinzman will address U.S. collaboration with Arctic and non-Arctic partners and activities with greatest potential for bridging research and educational programs. Dr. Hinzman will also share resources for information on key topics and describe professional organizations of interest to international educators.
10:30a—Indigenous Engagement in the Arctic—Implications for Internationalization
- Evon Peter, Vice Chancellor for Rural and Community Development, University of Alaska Fairbanks
This session will provide an overview of indigenous representation in the Arctic and the critical value of indigenous engagement in Arctic research and education. Vice Chancellor Peter will share experience and examples within and external to the Arctic, and insight on outreach for collaboration in international program development within U.S. institutions. He will conclude his session with suggestions for resources and organizations of interest to forum participants and their colleagues.
12:00p—Lunch (provided on site)
1:15p - Welcoming Remarks
- Brian Rogers, Chancellor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Chair, Board of Governors, University of the Arctic
1:30p—Fulbright Arctic Initiative - International Collaboration in Community Engagement
- Dr. Michael Sfraga, Director, Polar Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center/Smithsonian Institution; Affiliate Professor, International Arctic Research Center, UAF; Co-Lead Scholar, Fulbright Arctic Initiative
- Dr. Ross A. Virginia, Director, Institute of Arctic Studies, Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College; Co-Lead Scholar, Fulbright Arctic Initiative
- Dr. Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland Foundation
- Gwen Holdmann, Director, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar, Energy and Infrastructure
- Dr. Tamara Harms, Assistant Professor, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar, Water and Ecosystems
I) Arctic Fulbright Initiative - International Collaboration in Community Engagement
II) Resources and Organizations
As Co-Lead Scholars of the 2015-2017 Fulbright Arctic Initiative, Dr. Sfraga and Dr. Virginia will share their unique experience working with a multidisciplinary group of Fulbright Scholars selected from across the Arctic region. These scholars are engaged in one of three working groups to address energy, health and infrastructure, and water as areas of critical importance to Arctic nations. This session will highlight linkages established by these individuals and how, as a cohort of distinguished Arctic scholars, they can influence education and perspective at their home institutions and globally. Dr. Sfraga and Dr. Virginia will provide perspective on how SIOs might partner with Arctic Fulbright Scholars using examples of the Fulbright Arctic Symposium held in February, 2015 at the University of Oulu in Finland, and educational outreach events to be held in Washington, DC in October, 2016. These examples demonstrate the broad impact of a regionally focused, high-profile U.S. Arctic initiative with implications for SIOs in program development and community outreach.
Dr. Dr, Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer of the Fulbright Finland Foundation will share perspective on the Fulbright Arctic Network and opportunities for engagement in the context of Finland’s leadership of the Arctic Council.
Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars Gwen Holdmann and Tamara Harms will add first-hand experience as inaugural Fulbright Arctic Scholars in the areas of Energy and Infrastructure and Water and Ecosystems.
I. Leveraging Arctic as an Area of Strategic Importance / Arctic Engagement for Policy and Diplomacy
- Melody Brown Burkins, Associate Director for Programs & Research, The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College
II. Model Arctic Council—UArctic Thematic Networks and Curricular Integration
- Mary Erhlander, Director, Arctic and Northern Studies Program; Professor of History, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Brandon Boylan, Associate Director, Arctic and Northern Studies; Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks
III. UArctic Network as a Model for Engagement
- Donna Anger, Director of International Programs & Initiatives, University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Dr. Michael Castellini, Interim Dean, Graduate School, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Vice President Academic, University of the Arctic
5:30p—Joint Networking Reception
Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Thematic Forum and Arctic Broadband Forum 2017
(Wood Center Ballroom, UAF campus)