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Explorer Bernice Notenboom to discuss native peoples and warming Arctic

November 5, 2007


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Arctic explorer Bernice Notenboom
Monday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Hillcrest Environmental Center, College Street (Rte. 125)

Middlebury, Vt. -- Bernice Notenboom, a polar explorer, former contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler and producer of NPR travel documentaries, will speak at Middlebury College on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in the colloquium room of Hillcrest Environmental Center, located on College Street (Route 125).

The multi-media presentation will highlight Notenboom's travels in extreme climates, and the native peoples she has met and lived with. These environments-including the polar north and deserts of the Middle East-are rapidly changing, and may become endangered in our generation.

Notenboom has visited nomadic tribes and indigenous cultures in over 70 countries, frequently traveling to some of the world's most remote regions. She has completed climbing and ski expeditions in the Himalayas, Greenland, Spitsbergen, the Alps, and in the Canadian Arctic. She is founder and president of Moki Treks, a travel company that employs Native Americans as guides and cultural emissaries in western states and provinces of the United States and Canada, and in Australia's Northern Territory.

A former contributing editor for multiple National Geographic publications, Outside, and Natural Health, Notenboom has produced over two dozen radio documentaries for NPR's Savvy Traveler, Living On Earth, Marketplace, and All Things Considered.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Middlebury Mountain Club, College Advancement, Environmental Affairs, and Atwater Commons. For more information, e-mail Philip Picotte '08 or call 802-443-3840.