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Alumni Travel Reading Lists 2020: Arctic Expedition


Art and Film


Two young reindeer with small antlers on the tundra

Svalbard by Christopher Michel used under Creative Commons License: CC-BY 2.0 


Nick Okrent, Coordinator and Liaison for Humanities Collections

Selected and Annotated by
Mia Capozzoli, Liaison Services

Edited by Rebecca Stuhr
Director, Liaison Services

For more information about this Penn excursion, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel website.


Operation Arctic

Arctic seaside village with mountains in the background

Rough 21 by Destination Arctic Circle used under Creative Commons License CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

A team travels to the edge of the Arctic - and beyond - to find out what life is like on top of the world. Discover the polar bears of Hudson Bay, in Canada, as they wait for the sea-ice to form so they can begin their winter hunt. Meet the citizens of the tiny town of Churchill, head to the oil-fields of Alaska, round up reindeer with the Swedish Sami, and reveal what it takes to keep a Russian icebreaker afloat. Find out more at BBC Earth.


1.  Episode 1 

2.  Episode 2  

3.  Episode 3 

4.  Episode 4 



Face of an arctic glacier in water with one gull flying by

Rough 06 by Destination Arctic Circle used under Creative Commons License: CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 

Indigenous Culture

Spitsbergen, Svalbard

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