Banerjee to Speak on Ginsberg & the American Arctic
St. Paul, Minn. - Subhankar Banerjee, photographer and author of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, will present "Ginsberg & The American Arctic" at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Macalester College, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, Minn.
Banerjee’s book chronicles a two-year photographic journey in the remote northeastern Alaska refuge which encompassed 4,000 miles, during which time he worked and lived with native Gwich’in Athabascan and Inupiat families, learning their way of life and developing a deep love for the land. Of his presentation, Banerjee explains, "Ginsberg never visited the arctic, nor did he ever write about it, yet it is his poetry that is helping me to frame the American Arctic in our mind."
Born in a small town in India, Banerjee came to the U.S. in 1990 for his Master's Degree in science. After six years at Los Alamos National Lab and Boeing Corporation, he left the scientific fields to pursue his art in the Arctic. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the 2005 Greenleaf Artist Award (United Nations Environment Program) and the 2003 Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. His work has been exhibited in major museums in the United States and all over the world.
Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,884 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, diversity and civic engagement.