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Lecture Examines Scott's Tragic Antarctic Expedition Feb. 3

Story posted January 29, 2009

Cigarette card: British Antarctic (Scott's) Exp. 1910, motor-sleigh tractor, paper. Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum.

Historian and author David Crane will discuss Robert Scott's tragic 1910-13 Antarctic expedition in a Bowdoin College lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2009, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

The lecture, titled "The Fatal Inheritance: Captain Scott, the Royal Navy, and British Polar Exploration," is open to the public and admission is free. For more information call 725-3295.

David Crane is the author of the Robert Falcon Scott biography, Scott of the Antarctic: A Life of Courage and Tragedy (2006). He has written two books on Lord Byron and his family: Lord Byron's Jackal: A Life of Trelawny (1999) and The Kindness of Sisters: Annabella Milbanke and the Destruction of the Byrons (2002).

Crane read history and English at Oxford University before becoming a lecturer at universities in Holland, Japan, and Africa. He also taught for many years in the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin London program.

He lives in northwest Scotland.

David Crane's lecture is presented in conjunction with "Polar Extremes: Changes in a Warming World," a semester-long series of public lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, and symposia investigating environmental changes at the poles, and the ripple effects both there and around the globe. The talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Government and Legal Studies, and Environmental Studies and Arctic Studies programs.

Story originally posted January 20, 2009.

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