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Bowdoin Participates in Midcoast Area's "Community Reads" Program

Story posted February 05, 2004

Bowdoin's Outing Club and Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum are sponsoring events in conjunction with the 2004 Midcoast Community Read of Alfred Lansing's book Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Journey.

The non-fiction book relates the adventures of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, who set sail for Antarctica from England in 1914. During the journey his ship, the Endurance, was crushed in pack ice, and Shackleton and his crew of 27 were stranded. To save his men, Shackleton and a few of his crew set out on a small boat in the hopes of reaching a whaling station 850 miles away.

On Monday, February 9, worldwide adventurer Bob Powell, leader of the first commercial expeditionary sea kayak trips to Antarctica and South Georgia Island, will give a slide lecture chronicling his 1996 expedition to the region. Powell's talk, hosted by the Bowdoin Outing Club, will be held at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center at 7 p.m. For more information click here.

On Sunday, March 7, staff from the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum will discuss the lives of polar explorers, comparing and contrasting the lives of the men who sought to cross the Antarctic on foot for the first time, and those who chose the North Pole as their goal. Did Peary and Shackleton every meet? The discussion, held at 2:30 p.m. at the Hubbard Hall quad, will be followed by guided and unguided tours of the Arctic Museum.

On Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m., the Outing Club will host a screening of South: Shackleton and the Endurance, a documentary by Australian filmmaker and adventurer Frank Hurley. Outing Club Director Mike Woodruff will lead a discussion of the film following the screening. Both the screening and discussion will be held at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center.

The 2004 Community Read is the third sponsored by Friends groups at four Midcoast libraries: Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick; Patten Free Library, Bath; Topsham Public Library; and Wiscasset public Library. Previous Community Reads (Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and George Orwell's 1984) brought the community together for lively discussion, and Endurance promises to do the same.

For more information visit the Curtis Memorial Library's Web site.

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