Originally named Special Lectures, the series was renamed in 2012 to honour the late Dr. Ken Rozee, an outstanding microbiologist, a noted university professor, historian, mentor, and friend, widely recognized for his contributions to research and teaching. A former president of SCANS, Ken was always interested in sharing his science, his love of history and his other interests with students young and old. The name "Memorial Lectures" was changed to "Public Lectures" in 2016. These lectures serve to honour all recently-deceased SCANS members. A list of the past public lectures is available here.
PRESENTATION Discoverers of the Northwest Passage: From Hearne (1771) to Harper (2016) The search for a sea route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean through or around North America is a story written over centuries. We will visit a gallery of remarkable men (and one woman) who endured unimaginable hardships and often perished while exploring the northern coast of Canada. Their accumulated knowledge finally made this fabled passage a reality. Only two ships had sailed between the two oceans in the first half of the last century while thirty-two, ranging from a 40-foot yacht to a cruise ship with 1,000 passengers, made the transit last year. Globally, this is the most remarkable demonstration of climate change.
SPEAKER Dr. Bosko Loncarevic
Dr. Bosko Loncarevic, a retired marine scientist, has participated in more than 30 research missions on oceanographic vessels. In 1970 he was on board CSS Hudson, the first civilian ship to transit the NWP west-to-east carrying out non-military research.
Lectures are open to all. Registration is not required.
There is no charge for the lectures but freewill donations are gratefully accepted. Suggested donation: $5. A donation box will be available. Proceeds will be used to support future SCANS activities.
Please do NOT wear scents to lectures: some SCANS members have allergies.
CANCELLATIONS: If a Public Lecture must be cancelled, a notice will be posted on the SCANS homepage under 'Announcements'. During storm season, cancellations will be posted on the CBC Storm Centre website.