In this third talk on the Arctic, we will study the geography, history, nature, and culture of the Arctic regions of four countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the United States. We’ll start with an expedition to Norwegian Svalbard located half way between the northern coast of Europe and the North Pole. We’ll retrace the historic route used to first explore the largest island Spitsbergen. Then we’ll play tourist in the Arctic regions of Sweden and Finland, which despite being above the Arctic Circle, are surprisingly similar to Vermont. We’ll conclude by exploring one of the last true wilderness remaining on earth – the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
David Golibersuch was born in snowy Buffalo. As a child he hated winter and dreamed of a California future. He never made it, instead spending most of his life in the northeast where he learned to love winter so much that he takes vacations in the high Arctic. Trained as a physicist at RPI and University of Pennsylvania, and Imperial College London, he spent his entire working career at GE’s Global Research and Development Center. There he held a variety of technical and managerial positions. His research interests included low temperature physics, biophysics, energy sciences, artificial intelligence, and decision theory. Dave makes his life worthwhile by spending time with family, friends, and nature and playing piano and pickleball. He is a lifelong fan of the outdoors and has trekked, paddled, and camped in the high Arctic, Asian Russia, Europe, Canada, and the USA; he especially enjoyed time with indigenous people. He currently lives in Manchester.