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Polar Bears and Arctic Exploration: New Online Lectures From The John Rae Society

The John Rae Society have a series of upcoming online lectures. Three Arctic experts will speak via Zoom sharing their insights on various aspects of life in the extreme North.

Wednesday 26th January

Polar bear expert, professor and Arctic tour operator Dr Martyn Obbard will share his vast knowledge on Bears of the Eastern Canadian Arctic featuring polar bear survival in the mid nineteenth century and at the present time.

Martyn Obbard with (anaesthetized) bear

Wednesday 16th February

Sara Wheeler

Travel writer and biographer Sara Wheeler, author of The Magnetic North:Travels in the Arctic will tell the story of her circumpolar journey encompassing all the [Arctic] lands, including a bit of history as well as contemporary encounters and discussion of the hydrocarbon issue in her talk The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic.

Wednesday 9th March

Canadian globe-trotting, history-hunting storyteller Ken McGoogan author of Fatal Passage, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, and Dead Reckoning:The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage and John Rae expert will talk about the Indigenous Contribution to Arctic exploration – a subject he explores thoroughly in Dead Reckoning.

Ken McGoogan at The Hall of Clestrain , Orphir, the childhood home of John Rae


The lectures, which all start at 6pm, are £4 for members of the John Rae Society and £5 for non-members.

To become a John Rae Society member join here Membership – John Rae Society

Or to sign up for the lectures visit https://www.johnraesociety.com/jrs-2022-talks/

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