Circling the Midnight Sun
– A talk with author James Raffan
In light of the recently published Circling the Midnight Sun, the Embassy of Canada is pleased to present the book and its author James Raffan. Mr. Raffan is a well-known Canadian writer, speaker, and geographer, and on November 26th he will share his stories, experiences and adventures from the circumpolar region. The interactive talk will aim to connect the audience with the peoples of the Arctic with a focus on how Indigenous communities are adapting to the changing realities in the North.
James is a prolific writer, speaker, and geographer who is currently the Executive Director of The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. For 19 years a Professor of Outdoor & Experiential Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, over the years he has produced 16 books and written for media outlets including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Explore, The Globe and Mail, as well as for CBC Radio and The Discovery Channel. He is a community activist and volunteer, a Fellow International of the Explorers Club, Past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America as well as a Fellow and Past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, service for which he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Camsell Medal in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.