Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
Patricia Sutherland received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Alberta. Since 1975 she has been involved in archaeological research in the Canadian Arctic and has contributed to a number of projects in Greenland. Her studies have included the Inuit and pre-Inuit occupations of the Arctic Islands and the Mackenzie Delta; the art and culture of the Dorset people; and the lost Franklin Expedition. From 2007-2011 she led the multi-disciplinary International Polar Year project inuit History: Climatic Change and Cultural Connections in Arctic Canada. Her most recent works has focused on the question of Norse/Aboriginal contact in the Eastern Arctic in the centuries around 1000 A.D. This research was featured in the November 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine and was the subject of a documentary on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s premier science program The Nature of Things. She has published and lectured widely on her research, and is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America. In 2005 the Explorers Club of New York honored her with the Lowell Thomas Award for accomplishments in field research and scientific exploration. She has received the Canadian Museums Association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, and the Distinguished Service Award for significant contributions in museum work including exhibitions. Until recently she held the positon of Curator of Artic Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University in Canada and a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
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