Brown Bag on Polar Voyages, Nov. 7

GeoFocus Lecturer Brigham on "Crossing the Arctic Ocean for Science
& Navigating to the Ends of the Global Ocean"

Lawson BrighamYou are invited to a special “brown bag lunch” at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the American Geographical Society Library, presented by Capt. Lawson W. Brigham, PhD, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and Deputy Director and Alaska Office Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission.

Dr. Brigham will speak about the voyages of the Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Sea, which, under his command in 1994, sailed to both polar regions.

This historic scientific circumnavigation took him first to the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, where he reached the southernmost point a ship can sail, then to the Arctic where he “crossed the top of the world” to arrive at the North Pole seven months later.

The scope of the scientific research included polar animals as well as seawater and the seacoast.

This accomplishment was recognized in 2008 when he was invited to sign the AGS Fliers' and Explorers' Globe on behalf of the ship's company & the Coast Guard, at the University of Delaware (see image).

Capt. Brigham is in Milwaukee to deliver the 2012 Wilkommen GeoFocus lecture, which will be held Thursday evening, November 8, 2012 (lecture at 6 p.m., reception at 5:30 p.m.)