On Monday, the University Archives were pleased to host members of the International Ocean Institute. Nikolaus Gelpke was visiting Halifax to deliver the 2013 Elisabeth Mann Borgese Lecture. Borgese led a distinguished career as an oceans advocate and researcher who also worked on nuclear disarmament, international development, and many other issues that interested her. She was instrumental in the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and is known as the “Ambassador of the Seas.”
The University Archives holds the archives of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (MS-2-744), which was processed with the generous financial assistance of Gelpke. The collection is now a major piece of the Archives’ growing collection of primary source material on sustainability, oceans research, and environmental science.
To celebrate the visit, the Archives prepared a small exhibit of materials from the Borgese collection that highlights areas where Borgese collaborated with Gelpke. The exhibit is available for viewing in the elevator lobby of the 5th Floor of the Killam Library.
If you missed Gelpke’s lecture, you can still learn about current issues in oceans management at the Halifax Oceans Film Festival, which starts tonight. The Last Ocean, a new film about the Ross Sea in Antarctica, is being screened tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Bayers Lake Empire Theatres. There will also be a discussion led by Dr. Tony Walker. There are additional screenings on June 19th and 26th.
Come check out the exhibit and enjoy the shows!