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Operation Deep Freeze, the History of the Antarctic With Dian Olson Belanger
Monday, February 8, 2021, 2:00 PM
For those who have ventured onto Antarctic ice and those who dream of it, historian Dian Olson Belanger will tell the story of the pioneers who established Antarctica as a continent dedicated to peace and the pursuit of science. In 1957 during the height of the Cold War, scientists from the United States and eleven other countries convened the International Geophysical Year (IGY) to gather scientific observations of the south-polar ice and atmosphere. Their success over eighteen months inspired the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, which formalized their peaceful pursuit of scientific knowledge.
In Deep Freeze, Belanger recounts her adventures on the ice drawn from interviews, diaries, memoirs, and official records to weave together the first thorough study of the dawn of Antarctica's scientific age. Her other books include Enabling American Innovation and Managing American Wildlife.