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Date and Location

September 7, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET


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The COVID-19 pandemic was a global phenomenon, but its impacts in the Arctic, and the experiences of Arctic communities, were distinct.Join the Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative for the official launch event of the Arctic Yearbook’s Special Volume on Arctic Pandemics: COVID-19 and Other Pandemic Experiences and Lessons Learned. The volume includes 15 peer reviewed articles and ten shorter contributions, and is available open access on the Arctic Yearbook's website.In this webinar, Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow and co-editor Jennifer Spence will moderate a discussion with select authors from the collection who will reflect on:

  1. The unique conditions and characteristics of pandemic management in the Arctic (past, present and future),
  2. The impacts and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and public health actions and activities in the Arctic,
  3. The experiences and best practices from across the Arctic, with a priority on Indigenous Knowledge, Traditional Knowledge, and experiences and lessons learned at the community level, and
  4. The insights and advice presented in the volume that may inform pandemic preparedness and management and contribute to resilience in the Arctic.

Registration: This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here. Recording: The seminar will be recorded and available to watch on the event page.Accessibility: To request accommodations or for questions about access, please contact Elizabeth Hanlon ( in advance of the session.Sponsors: Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative, Arctic Yearbook

Speakers and Presenters

​Jennifer Spence, Senior Fellow, Arctic Initiative


Additional Organizers

​Arctic Yearbook