Greenland: Under the Arctic SKY

Greenland Under the Arctic Sky 

Rochester Institute of Technology, a partner in Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), presents an interdisciplinary lecture and panel discussion on Greenland.


Wesley Johnson – Cinematographer

BFA School of Photographic Arts and Sciences - Rochester Institute of Technology

MFA Cinematography, American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA  


As cinematographer for the film, The Last Ice Hunters (, Wes will share his photographic work and experiences in Greenland.  His talk will include a brief geological and geographic history of Greenland.  Wes will discuss the Greenlandic Inuits, their 4,000-year-old history and culture as Ice Hunters with an emphasis on the remote villages of East Greenland and the disappearance of that culture.   Wes hopes to bring an awareness to the importance of this isolated people and majestic place – The Artic, last wilderness on earth.


Denis Defibaugh – Professor

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences

College of Art and Design, Rochester Institute of Technology


Denis will speak about his interdisciplinary Greenland project, funded by an NSF grant. He will be introducing the two largest cities in Greenland (Nuuk 17,000 and Sisimiut 7,000 population) and the effects of social, environmental and cultural change on those cities and western communities incurred by modernization efforts, economic shifts, and the construction of regional and national identities. Greenland is an evolving ecosystem that is addressing change while attempting to retain Inuit traditions.



Eric Hittinger

College of Liberal Arts

Climate Change Policy Researcher


Christine Keiner

College of Liberal Arts

Marine Environmental Historian


Carrie McCalley

College of Science

Winter Ecology Researcher

Susan Lakin

Event Snapshot
When and Where
Thursday, September 13, 2018
6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Open to the Public

Interpreter Requested