West and Mid-Michigan Chapter Discussion: “Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier”

West and Mid-Michigan Chapter Discussion: “Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier”
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Date(s) - 10/20/21
7:00 pm


The West and Mid-Michigan Chapter of the Fulbright Association invites you and your chapter members to attend a discussion on the documentary “Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier”. Presented in partnership with Global Ties Kalamazoo, we will be hosting a moderated discussion with the director, producer, and four scientists featured prominently in the film via Zoom on October 20 at 7:00 PM EST.

Both the film and this event are available for free. The links to the film and trailer are provided in the registration page and confirmation email. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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You will want to have viewed the film prior to the event.

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The discussion will be led by our moderator, followed by space for questions from viewers in the Zoom space. Please watch the film ahead of time.

Discussion participants include:

Paul Hunton 


General Manager, Texas Tech Public Media

David C. Weindorf 


Vice President for Research and Innovation, Central Michigan University

West and Mid-Michigan Chapter Board Member

Fulbright Scholar, Romania, 2010; Specialist, India, 2018

Mark Clark 

Alaska State Soil Scientist (retired), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Lorene Lynn 

Soil Scientist and Restoration Ecologist

John Galbraith 

Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

Nic Jelinski  

Assistant Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota

Ian Magnuson 


Communications and Program Associate, Global Ties Kalamazoo

West and Mid-Michigan Chapter Board Secretary

Fulbright ETA, Germany, 2015

Information about the film from the filmmakers

(also available on their site https://betweenearthandskymovie.com/):

Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change. Between Earth and Sky examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers, and arctic soil. The island of Shishmaref has been home to the Inupiaq people for thousands of years. As sea ice retreats and coastal storms increase the people of Shishmaref are faced with a disappearing island and a 200 million dollar price tag to move their people with an untold cost on their culture and history. 


Permafrost (permanently frozen ground) in the Arctic and Subarctic sequesters 40% of the Earth’s soil carbon. Alaska has experienced the largest regional warming of any state in the U.S. increasing 3.4 degrees F since 1949. This warming has created a feedback loop of carbon to the atmosphere and the thawing of permafrost. 


Mixing interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists in climate change and arctic soils, with the day to day struggle of native Alaskans living on the front lines of global warming, Between Earth and Sky shows the calamity of climate change that has started in Alaska but will soon engulf the globe.


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Link to the film trailer:


This session will be recorded and made available later. The software will remind you and ask for your consent to be recorded prior to the session. 

We hope that you can join us for this engaging conversation!

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