U.P., Great Lakes Discussed

A symposium on Upper Peninsula topics and another on Great Lakes issues will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2 and 3 at Northern.

The eighth annual Sonderegger Symposium, presented by the NMU Center for U.P. Studies, will feature 15 presentations on U.P. topics from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in Mead Auditorium, followed by a 7:30 p.m. keynote presentation by Robert Archibald. The Ishpeming native, NMU alumnus and president of the Missouri Historical Society will discuss "Sense of Community and the Upper Peninsula."

Presentations earlier that day, each about a half hour in length, will cover topics ranging from "Yoopers in Alaska in the Great Depression: Matanuska Experiment" and "Marquette and the Spanish Flu of 1918" to "Politics in the U.P. in the late 20th Century." For a full schedule, visit Sonderegger.

At the Great Lakes symposium on Friday, Oct. 3, three experts on water and environmental issues will discuss issues impacting the Great Lakes and field questions from the audience. The public is invited to attend this free event, which begins at 3 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall.

Panelists scheduled to address the politics and policy of protecting the Great Lakes are David Dempsey, Ken Sikkema and Tom Baldini.

Dempsey is a journalist and author of Great Lakes for Sale: From Whitecaps to Bottle Caps, policy adviser for Clean Water Action and former environmental adviser to Governor James Blanchard. Sikkema is a national expert on water and environmental issues, a policy expert with the Michigan-based think tank Public Sector Consultants and a former Senate majority leader. Baldini is district director for Congressman Bart Stupak and former chairman of the International Joint Commission. The IJC was created by an international treaty between the United States and Canada. Among its roles is assisting governments in finding solutions to problems in waters shared by the two countries. 

The symposium is sponsored by the NMU president’s office and the political science and public administration department.


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