Jon Turk: Crocodiles and Ice, An Illustrated Lecture

7PM Thursday, November 9
Jon Turk: Crocodiles and Ice, An Illustrated Lecture
Howe Library, Hanover, NH

Jon Turk, nominated by National Geographic as one of the Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012, will discuss the details of his 1500-mile, 104-day journey circumnavigating Ellesmere Island in 2011. This journey, along with others, is chronicled in his latest book, Crocodiles and Ice.
Please join us as adventurer, author, and scientist Jon Turk shares insights gained from a lifetime of travel in the “deep wild,” where one learns to “turn off your think-too-much-know-it-all brain and seek the primeval joys of companionship, art, and adventure.”
Jointly sponsored by The Center for Circumpolar Studies and Howe Library as part of Everyone is Reading, Howe Library’s annual community read program.
Free & Open to the Public. Donations Gratefully Accepted.

The Southern Ocean: An Illustrated Lecture by Steven B. Young

7PM Wednesday, November 16
The Southern Ocean: An Illustrated Lecture by Steven B. Young
Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury

worldThe Southern Ocean lies to the south of all continents except Antarctica.  It stretches in a continuous band around the world in high southern latitudes.  Its strong currents isolate Antarctica from the rest of the world, and they have an enormous effect on climate, past and present.  The Southern Ocean and its islands provide a unique habitat for whales, penguins, and a host of other creatures.
Paleoecologist Steven Young will talk about his visits to many Antarctic seas and lands, including Elephant Island, which featured prominently in Shackleton’s adventures. The lecture will be illustrated with many color slides, including some of birds and beasts with which you may not be familiar!

CCS Launches Series – Musica Borealis: Music of the North

Lectures and Music at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Fourth Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 PM, January through April

Across the North, music plays important cultural roles for natives and residents, and it has played valuable roles in the formation of northern nations. Whether in the magical, folk, or classical style, whether mouthharp or fiddle, drums or accordion, whether ballads or laments, lullabies or strongly personal songs, the North can be characterized by its deep connections to snow and ice and the unattainable.

As the first in a series of northern music events, The Center for Circumpolar Studies plans to bring four key musicians and poets to the Kellogg Hubbard Library on the fourth Thursdays for four months, starting in January. Among our lineup are Scandinavian fiddlers, mouthharp geniuses, balladeers, and entertainers, all with key ideas about the role music plays in the North, as well as how it is played.

January 24 – Katie Trautz, “Fiddling in Scandinavia”
Katie has been gathering fiddling traditions from the deep south and deep north, most
recently Norway and Sweden (  She plans on demonstrating
some of the motifs behind the traditions and sharing stories about her musical journey to
Scandinavia.  Katie will also be performing alongside the well-known Swedish fiddler Anna
Lindblad at the Summit School Winter Folk Music Festival in downtown Montpelier Jan. 18-

February 28 – Norman Kennedy, “Scots Ballads and Stories”
Using traditional ballads and stories, Norman Kennedy will illustrate the interweaving of
music, folklore, and social customs in the Hebrides as compared with the very different culture found on the mainland and in the south of Scotland. Norman Kennedy is a lifetime National Heritage Fellow and an internationally recognized singer, storyteller, and master handloom weaver.

March 28 – “Mouthharp and the North” 
Whatever it is called, the mouthharp has been a portable part of many northern music
traditions. In Siberia, the khomus has attained very high status as will be seen in this film about award-winning musicians Klavdiia and German Khatylaev’s extraordinary playing.

April 25 – Anthony Barrand,  “Dark Ships in the Northern Woods: Ballads and Stories of the Supernatural”
A former professor of anthropology at Boston University, Tony Barrand is both an expert and exponent of traditional song and dance, who has released more than 20 recordings as well as performed widely with the ensemble Nowell Sing We Clear.

Supported in part by:

Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities

Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Summit School of Traditional Music and its Winter Folk Music Festival

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Vermont Humanities Council

From Northern Studies to a Circumpolar World

Monday, January 9, 7PM

at the Kellog-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, VT

From Northern Studies to a Circumpolar World

From before the formation of the first International Polar Year in 1881 to the establishment of the Arctic Council in the 1990s, the North has been a source of wonder and wealth for the world. Lifelong northern scholars Young and Osgood will provide an illustrated lecture about the development of circumpolar studies and the future of the Far North in today’s world.

Presented by Steven B. Young and Kathleen Osgood

An ‘Osgood Lectures on the North’ event.

Bruno Frohlich: Ten Years of Archaeological Research in Mongolia

7PM Thursday, December 15, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury, VT

An Illustrated Presentation

The Smithsonian Institution and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences began
conducting joint archaeological research in Mongolia in 2003, including excavations
of Bronze Age burial mounds in the northern Hovsgol province and the Altai/Gobi
area, early hominid human remains from the Khenti, Buddhist monk mass burials
in Ulaanbaatar, and Medieval cave burials, with human mummified remains, in the
Bayanhongar and Dorno-Gobi provinces. Dr. Frohlich will discuss his findings in the
context of improving our understanding of the perseverance of the Nomadic Mongolian
people and their 3000-year survival in a merciless and violent environment.

A Trustee of The Center for Circumpolar Studies, Bruno works with the Smithsonian
Institution and lives with his family in Williamstown, Vermont.