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October 2014

Changes in the Arctic: Old and New Debates

Friday October 17, 2014
3:30pm to 5:00pm

Astrid Ogilivie, Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies, Akureyri University, Iceland

Center for West European Studies

Phil Shekleton

This presentation will include a discussion of the debates regarding the climate of the medieval period during the early 20th century as well as debates concerning the so-called “Medieval Warm Period” and the “Little Ice Age.” Finally, present-day Arctic issues will be considered, especially as they relate to Iceland and Norway.

Dr. Astrid E. J. Ogilvie earned her Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in 1982. She is a climate and environmental historian and human ecologist. Dr. Ogilvie’s research specialty bridges the humanities and the natural sciences in order to further understanding of long-term human ecodynamics and climate change. She is especially interested in, and has published widely on, the human ecology of Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions, the environmental, social and human history of countries bordering the North Atlantic, studies of sustainability and adaptability in Norway, Iceland and Canada, the historical climatology of northern Europe, the Viking period, and the medieval literature of Iceland.

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Food for Thought: Iceland, 2015

Thursday October 23, 2014
5:30pm - 8:15pm
Women's University Club

Dr. Christine Ingebritsen

Center for Women & Democracy


Please join our Global Networking leaders, Alison Peters and Mary Pat Treuthart, as they return from Iceland with plans for our May 2015 trip. They will be joined by two local women leaders who know well why Iceland is called "the most equal place for women in the world." Hear why Center for Women and Democracy chose Iceland for our next Global Mission.

Alene Moris is one of Washington State's founding heroines of women's empowerment, with a long history of setting the record straight as to the potential and power of women. Alene co-founded the Women's Center at the University of Washington to assist and acclimate returning women to the rigors of a university setting. She started sexual harassment training at traditionally male dominated workplaces in the 1970s and '80s and launched more initiatives where Alene's views on equal treatment were not always welcomed like when union
bosses and employers tried to intimidate her: her car tires were slashed and windshield smeared with "Get out of town."

Dr. Christine Ingebritsen is the Director for the Center for Western European Studies at the University of Washington. After earning her doctoral degree from Cornell in 1993, Dr. Ingebritsen joined the faculty at UW where she teaches in Women's Studies and Political Science. Her work seeks to explain how and why Scandinavian governments (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) have responded differently to contemporary challenges - from a more globalized international political economy to an integrated Europe - not to mention their unprecedented equality leadership for women. Dr. Ingebritsen published The Scandinavian Way and Its Legacy in Europe in 2013 (Sentia Publishing).

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November 2014

Anything is Possible: How to Overcome Obstacles and Make a Difference

Thursday November 6, 2014
6:30 PM
Kane Hall, room 130

Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine 1995-2013)

UW Graduate School UW Alumni Association Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies Department of Political Science and Department of Communications

Yvette Moy, yvettef@uw.edu

You do not need to be an alum of the University of Washington to attend or register. Open to the public, tickets are available beginning on 9/23.

Olympia Snowe's dedicated work in the U.S. Senate has garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policymaker in Washington. In 2005, she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006, Time magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators. Calling her "The Caretaker," it wrote of Snowe: "Because of her centrist views and eagerness to get beyond partisan point scoring, Maine Republican Olympia Snowe is in the center of every policy debate in Washington, but while Snowe is a major player on national issues, she is also known as one of the most effective advocates for her constituents." With her election in 1994, Senator Snowe became only the second woman Senator in history to represent Maine, following the late Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, who served from 1949 - 1973. In November 2006, she was re-elected to a third six-year term in the United States Senate with 74 percent of the vote.

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