Brown Bag Lunch: Speaker Series

MEET DANIEL HEIDT, PH.D, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO CANADIAN ARCTIC HISTORIAN WHOSE RESEARCH ANALYZES THE INTERSECTIONS OF SCIENCE, SOVEREIGNTY AND SECURITY IN THE ARCTIC DURING THE COLD WAR.

During the second half of the 20th century, the Arctic sat below the shortest air route between the United States and the Soviet Union. Protecting North America from approaching Soviet bombers subsequently required an unprecedented buildup of military equipment and personnel in this sparsely populated and previously neglected region, leading many social scientists to emphasize militarization themes when studying the North during the early Cold War.

By using recently declassified archival records, dozens of oral history interviews, and thousands of images collected over the past decade, Heidt will question the pervasiveness of the military-industrial-complex in the Canadian Arctic.

The existence of multi-decade programs like the Joint Arctic Weather Stations and federal science coordinating bodies, Heidt suggests, reveals civil science narratives that significantly impacted the Arctic’s development. In so doing, he will also democratize our understanding of scientific culture, Arctic sovereignty, and Canadian-American relations by retelling amusing and telling stories about what happened on the ground at these Arctic stations.


Photo Credit: Lowell Demond about to release a pilot balloon at Mould Bay, 1956. (Lowell Demond personal collection, reproduced with permission.)

WED MAR 15
12-1
A2103
BRING YOUR LUNCH!

The Yukon College Brown Bag Lunch Series is an opportunity for instructors, researchers, and students of Yukon College to share knowledge with the public in an informal setting.

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