Mountain Research and Initiatives


Thinking Mountains

Summit Series Public Lecture for the UAlberta Mountain Initiative will feature three UAlberta professors; English and Film Studies Professor Julie Rak, History and Indigenous Studies Assistant Professor Daniel Sims, and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Assistant Professor Alberto Reyes. 

Presentations will be followed by a general discussion about UAlberta Mountain Studies, as well as a reception.

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Thinking Mountains is a unique interdisciplinary event: a conference that aims to promote dialogue about

  • how mountains are understood physically,
  • as ecosystems,
  • in human history, and
  • as part of world cultures.

Mountain areas comprise about one-fifth of the world’s land surface area and provide direct life support for about 10 per cent of humankind. They act as indirect life support for another three billion people, and inspire recreational, artistic, and religious experiences.

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