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NYC - Public Lecture Series featuring Charles W. Johnson


ICE SHIP: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

Over the history of polar exploration in its golden (or heroic) age, 1800s to early 1900s, many an expedition set out to answer the big question — was the Arctic an open ocean beyond a barrier of ice, a continent, or an ocean covered with ice? Many had theories, but no one knew for sure, as the ice had kept its secret well; ships trying to penetrate it all failed, often catastrophically, including the USS Jeannette (the subject of Hampton Sides’ new book) whose far-flung wreckage show up in southern Greenland and convinced Norway’s charismatic scientist-explorer Fridtjof Nansen that it was indeed an ocean covered with drifting ice. Nansen intended to prove this in a novel if mortally risky way: build a special ship capable of withstanding the ice, join it, then drift wherever it took them, on an inescapable, one-way journey over the pole and into discovery and fame…or oblivion.

Ice Ship is the story of that vessel, the Fram, from initial conception to final resting-place as a museum in Oslo, including three epic adventures: a three-year, ice-bound drift, finding out what the Arctic really was; a four-year exploration of 200,000 square miles of unmapped lands in the vast Canadian Arctic; two years to Antarctica (taking Roald Amundsen for his eventual claiming of the South Pole) and exploring the Southern Ocean. It is also the story of the extraordinary men who took the ship on these journeys and explorations, covering 84,000 miles in over 20 years.

The lecture is a lively, pictorial cruise through the book, using original images from the era and all three expeditions.

Charles W. Johnson is the former Vermont State Naturalist, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, and author of several popular books on natural history, including The Nature of Vermont: Introduction and Guide to a New England Environment, Bogs of the Northeast, and In Season: A Natural History of the New England Year. He has a BA from Wabash College, MS from the University of Illinois, and Ph.D. from the University of Vermont. He has a lifelong interest in polar regions and exploration. He lives in East Montpelier, Vermont.

Date: 4/27/2015

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ valid Student ID

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