Author Bob Reiss Presents Lecture: ‘The Arctic Century Is Upon Us’

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As the ice continually melts in the Arctic, controversy ensues between development by oil companies and the protection of this fragile environment and its native people. Acclaimed author and journalist Bob Reiss will discuss “The Arctic Century is Upon Us” when he visits Montgomery County Community College on Monday, March 9, from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. A simulcast of the presentation will be shown in the South Hall Community Room at the College’s West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

The community is invited to attend this free presentation but tickets are required. For tickets, visit or call 215-641-6518. Following the presentation, Reiss will be signing his book, “The Eskimo and the Oil Man,” in the Science Center lobby in Blue Bell.

As a best-selling author of 19 books, Reiss has published both fiction and non-fiction books, as well as numerous articles in “The Washington Post Magazine,” “Smithsonian,” “Parade,” “Rolling Stone” and other national publications. This New York City native started his career as a journalist for the “Chicago Tribune” and also has worked as a correspondent for “Outside Magazine.” He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and from the University of Oregon with an MFA.

To gain expertise of the Arctic situation, Reiss spent three years traveling in the U.S. high north and interviewing scientists, diplomats, military planners, Eskimo whale hunters and politicians. As a result, he shares a compelling story of the situation as seen through the eyes of an Inupiat Eskimo leader and the head of an oil company seeking to drill offshore.

According to William Reilly, co-chair of the Deepwater Horizon Commission, Chairman Emeritus of the World Wildlife Fund and former EPA Administrator: “Reiss has taken a highly charged and divisive subject and gotten inside the lives and values of the principles with empathy and insight. ‘The Eskimo and the Oil Man’ is a most illuminating contribution to issues that will become more important as new discoveries follow drilling offshore.”

This presentation is part of the ongoing Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice series, which was established at the College in 1981. The lectureship reflects the ideals of Richard Bennett, a Quaker who devoted his life work to accomplishing peace and justice through non-violent efforts.

~ by Diane VanDyke


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