Over a period of about 200,000 years, polar bears have evolved to thrive in one of the world’s harshest environments. Despite this, polar bears have become the world’s largest land carnivore. In 1770 a small settlement was formed in this subarctic region of Canada, right in the migration path of polar bears. For over 200 years this town has struggled to survive. From fur trading, to seaport, to a military base, and even a spaceport, it also had to adapt. Now the impact of climate change is threatening both the survival of the bears and the town. Ironically, the survival of the town now appears to depend on the polar bears!

Creve Maples has a degree in chemistry (MIT) and a PhD in nuclear science (UC Berkeley). He has worked in academia and the private sector, designing advanced computers and developing virtual reality systems. His classes result from a scientific curiosity, love of photography and travel, and desire to explore unusual, thought-provoking topics. Jan Maples, president of The Connecting Point, combines more than 25 years of experience in the fields of human resources and training with her degree in organizational communication. Her interests include travel, photography, and cultures (both organizational and anthropological).