Brown University, May 31–June 2, 2016
Providence, RI
Bridging The Future
of Arctic Social Science Research
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Agenda Brown

Tuesday, May 31

3:45-4:15 PM Shuttles from Hampton Inn to Brown @ 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, also easy walking distance
4:00-5:30 PM Delegates' Arrival and Registration (Haffenreffer Museum gallery @Manning Hall, Brown University)
5:30-6:00 PM Welcome / Introductions (Carmichael Auditorium / Institute at Brown for Environment and Society)
6:00-7:30 pm Keynote (Mark Brzezinski):The Arctic as a National Imperative
Keynote speaker 1
[6-7 pm, May 31, 2016]

Mark Brzezinski
Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Executive Steering Committee

The Arctic as a National Imperative

ABSTRACT: Ambassador Mark Brzezinski's presentation will examine the challenges, crises and opportunities that we as a nation and a global community face in the changing North, and the activities of the White House's Arctic Executive Steering Committee along with US departments and agencies to confront them.

Former United States Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski serves as Executive Director of the U.S. Government's Arctic Executive Steering Committee. On January 21st, 2015, in recognition of the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the Arctic, President Obama issued an Executive Order to enhance coordination of national efforts in the Arctic. The Executive Order creates expanded opportunities for Alaskans and those in the Federal government to work on Arctic issues and establishes a clear structure to improve the coordination of Federal Arctic activity.

An Arctic Executive Steering Committee (AESC) was established to oversee implementation of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region ( The AESC convenes at the Deputy Secretary level to guide the development of department and agency plans to assure that Federal activity is well-coordinated and better communicated to partners such as the State of Alaska, Alaska Native communities, the U.S. Congress, the business community, international partners, and other stakeholders. Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, serves as the AESC Chair.

As U.S. Ambassador to Sweden between 2011-2015, Mark worked closely with the Swedish Government during its Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The U.S. is one of eight member nations of the Arctic Council, and currently is the Council's Chair. In May 2013, Mark joined the U.S. Delegation led by Secretary of State John Kerry to the Arctic Council Ministerial in Kiruna, Sweden, above the Arctic Circle. At that ministerial, key agreements involving Arctic search and rescue, oil spill preparedness and cleanup, and inclusion of non-Arctic nations as Arctic Council observers were advanced. In September 2013, Mark welcomed President Barack Obama to Stockholm for a historic, first ever visit by a sitting U.S. President to Sweden's capital. In Stockholm, President Obama and all five heads of government of the Nordic countries met together to discuss a shared approach to climate change and the future of the Arctic among other issues.

Mark made the Arctic a central focus of his tenure in Sweden. Speaking in February 2015 at Dartmouth College where he gave the Montgomery Fellowship lecture on the Arctic, Mark noted that "the Arctic is simultaneously a strategic problem and a human problem." At the U.S. Embassy, he developed new partnerships with government and diplomats, business, media and entertainment, and the environmental and NGO community to consider the link between what is happening in the Arctic and what is happening in the rest of the world. He used new communications and social-media tools to share how the looming crisis confronting the Arctic is a tangible preview of the crisis confronting the world as a whole. Mark initiated and helped develop the new U.S. Fulbright Scholarship devoted to the study of the future of the Arctic. The new Arctic Fulbright, funded by the State Department, is a unique two-year program composed of researchers selected from the eight Arctic Council countries.

Mark served on the National Security Council staff under President Clinton between 1999-2001, first as Director for Russia and Eurasia, then as Director for the Balkans. He received his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, his law degree at the University of Virginia Law School and has Doctorate in political science from Oxford University. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Warsaw, Poland between 1991-1993. He was a partner at a Washington, DC law firm before joining the Obama Administration, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

7:45 pm Dinner (CAV Restaurant)

Wednesday, June 1 - All activity, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI

7:45 to 8:15

Shuttles from Hampton Inn to Watson Institute, Brown University @ 7:45, 8:00, and 8:15

8:30 to 10:00 am

Plenary (Smith, Kerttula) – Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

10:00 to 10:15 am Coffee break

10:15 to 12:00 am

Workshop session 1 (Breakout rooms and Joukowsky Forum)

12:00-1:00 PM

Lunch (Provided)

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Keynote (Lene Kielsen Holm): Ilisimatusarneq, issittumi nunat inoqqaavisa ilisimasaat ilanngullugit / Building New Knowledge from the Arctic by the Method of Knowledge Co-production (Joukowsky Forum)
Keynote speaker 2
[1-2 pm, June 1, 2016]

LeneKielsen Holm
Research Scientist and Project Leader, Greenland Climate Research Centre

“Ilisimatusarneq, issittumi nunat inoqqaavisa ilisimasaat ilanngullugit / Building New Knowledge from the Arctic by the Method of Knowledge Co-production”

ABSTRACT: How can we produce new and better knowledge in and about the Arctic? I will spend some time sharing with you my own ideas on the issues related to the headlines of my presentation. In the past few years there has been a movement away from the concept of Traditional Knowledge and work has been done to introduce a better concept, illustrating the knowledge of Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic in a more flexible and understandable way. This will, to my opinion and from my own experience, lead to a smoother way of building collaborations among different ways of knowing, i.e. the Western way of Science and Arctic Indigenous Knowledge. The inclusion of the insightful knowledge and wisdom that our people have about the environment of the Arctic will not only benefit the scientific research done here, but also the peoples of the Arctic. Let us look into how best we can do that!

LeneKielsen Holm works for the Greenland Climate Research Centre and Climate and Society group, as Research Scientist and Project Leader. Ms. Holm has been involved in several international projects in relation to indigenous perspectives and observations of environmental and climate change. With the Sila-Inuk project, hunters, fishermen, sheep-farmers and others were interviewed about their perception on a changing environment, with special focus on climate change.

Ms. Holm has been a partner in ’SIKU: Knowing Our Ice’, an International Polar Year (IPY) project documenting Inuit sea-ice knowledge and use, and in ‘Polar Bears in Northwest Greenland, an interview survey about catch and climate. She was the Greenlandic coordinator for Siku-Inuit-Hila, an international, interdisciplinary project where hunters from Alaska, Canada and Qaanaaq, together with researchers in multiple fields were brought together in different regions of the Inuit territories to exchange knowledge on sea-ice and the life within it. A book based on this project was published in August 2013, andThe Meaning of Ice: People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities won the 2014 William Mills Prize for polar nonfiction.

2:00 to 3:15 pm

Workshop session 2 (Breakout rooms and Joukowsky Forum)

3:15 to 3:30 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 to 5:00 pm

Workshop session 3 (Breakout rooms and Joukowsky Forum)

5:00-6:30 pm

Shuttles to Hampton Inn @ 5:00, 5:15, and 5:30

6:30 pm

Dinner groups meet in Hampton Inn lobby


Working Dinners, assigned groups

Thursday, June 2 - All activity at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI

7:45-8:15 am

Shuttles from Hampton Inn at 7:45, 8:00, and 8:15 am

8:30 to 9:00 am

Plenary (Joukowsky Forum)

9:00 to 10:45 am

Workshop session 4 (Breakout rooms and Joukowsky Forum)

10:45 to 11:00 am

Coffee break

11:00 to 12:00 pm Discussion – Question 5, Synthesis & Reflections (Joukowsky Forum)

12:00 to 1:00 pm

Lunch (provided)

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Plenary, Recap: Anna Kerttula and Brown Committee (Joukowsky Forum)

2:00 to 2:15 pm

Attendee Departures
Shuttles to Hampton Inn @ 2:15, 2:30, 2:45