Carter to Share North Pole Adventure at Alumni LENS Event

Posted on: April 1, 2014


Michigan State University's Alumni LENS (Lifelong Enrichment for Spartans) is hosting a Spartan Women Speaker Series, which will include Professor of Journalism Sue Carter. This exciting series, featuring MSU women with compelling stories of breaking through boundaries, is sure to inspire all who attend.

If you missed Carter's recent TEDx Lansing talk, this is another chance to hear her speak on the "Things I Learned While Skiing to the North Pole." The Spartan Women Speaker Series is Wednesday, April 9, between 8 a.m. and noon, at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development at Michigan State University.

In 2001, Carter and 12 other women began the first all-women ski expedition from Russia to the North Pole. Carter said "it started like a lot of big things do, but with something small."

For Carter that small item was a piece of paper cut out of a newsletter that offered her an adventure to the North Pole. An adventure that made her stronger by exposing her weaknesses; an adventure that inspired middle school students to pursue their own dreams and desires; and an adventure that encouraged all to follow their heart.

To hear more on the "Things I Learned While Skiing to the North Pole," register for the event by visiting the Alumni LENS website. Cost is $45 per person.

Carter, a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, is recognized not only throughout the state but also nationwide for broadcasting. In 1990, she was named United Press International (UPI) Sports Broadcaster of the Year for reporting on the Detroit Free Press International Marathon while running in it.

She also is a two-time Emmy award winner. She was awarded an Emmy as executive producer of "The Great Experiment," a documentary on the history of the first land-grant college in America. She later received another Emmy for her documentary, "Malawi and Malaria: Fighting to Save the Children."

Carter joined MSU's faculty in 1991 after a 17-year career as a news broadcaster and talk show host at radio and television stations in Michigan, Connecticut and Ontario, Canada. Prior to coming to MSU, she taught journalism at Wayne State University in Detroit.

The Alumni LENS is a program of the Michigan State University Alumni Association. Alumni LENS provides a wide variety of noncredit personal enrichment offerings for MSU alumni and friends and community members in the Lansing area and surrounding region. All adults are welcome; you do not have to be affiliated with MSU to participate in Alumni LENS events.

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