On December 11th, Associate Professor Frederick Lewis lectured on the life and times of artist/social activist Rockwell Kent, and screened and discussed excerpts from his definitive documentary on Kent at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines outside Paris. Graduate students in Arctic Studies from Greenland, Siberia, the United States and France attended the presentation, which focused on Rockwell Kent’s two extended visits to Greenland in the 1930s, to paint and write and live among the Inuit. The Master’s program at UVSQ, taught in English, utilizes a multidisciplinary approach that combines science and technology with the humanities to address issues facing the Arctic, such as the changing environment and sustainable development. A sound knowledge of Greenland’s past is considered crucial to dealing with its present and future.
Professor Lewis has made two trips to Greenland, most recently in 2011 when he was a research fellow for five weeks at the Uummannaq Polar Institute. His article about Rockwell Kent’s journeys to the region, published in Scandinavian Review, is available here (pdf).