Dr. Patricia Sutherland has been involved in archaeological research in the Canadian Arctic since 1975 and has collaborated on a number of international projects in Greenland. Her studies have included the Inuit and pre-Inuit occupations of the Arctic Islands and the Mackenzie Delta; the art and culture of the Dorset people; and the lost Franklin Expedition. Her recent research is focused on the question of Norse/Aboriginal contact in the Eastern Arctic in the centuries around 1000 A.D. This research was featured in the November 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine and was the subject of a 2012 documentary on CBC TV’s The Nature of Things. Dr. Sutherland is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America. She has received the Canadian Museums Association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research and the Distinguished Service Award for significant contributions in museum work. Until recently she held the position of Curator of Arctic Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Memorial and Carleton universities and a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
This lecture is jointly sponsored by Trinity College, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, the Undergraduate Program in Medieval Studies in St. Michael’s College, the Canadian Studies Program in University College, the Aboriginal Studies Program and Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives in the University of Toronto.