In collaboration with the Polar Archives, the Byrd Center is hosting a special seminar about Admiral Richard E. Byrd and his solo mission at an Antarctic research station. Join us at 4:00 PM on November 19 to meet three panelists and discuss Richard Byrd's experience spending an Antarctic winter in a one-man research station. Ask questions about his overwinter experience or his book "Alone", and learn more about Admiral Byrd, life in Antarctica, and the history of Antarctic exploration.
If you are interested in reading the book Alone before the event, please follow the steps below:
- Register to attend the panel discussion using the button below.
- Optional - Buy or borrow Alone by Richard Byrd
- Optional - Read the book. If you have questions while you read, please use the link below to ask them. They will be answered during the panel discussion.
- Join us at 4:00 PM on November 19 to meet our three panelists. Ask any additional questions about the book and learn more about Admiral Byrd, life in Antarctica, and the history of Antarctic exploration.
If you have any questions about this event or if you have trouble with registration, please contact Stacy Porter at email@example.com.
Meet the Panelists
Laura Kissel is the Polar Curator for the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program (Polar Archives), a position that she has held since 1996. Laura's primary responsibilities involve assisting students, scholars and other researchers in using the many collections held by the Polar Archives that document the history of polar exploration.
Dr. Emilie Beaudon is a postdoctoral researcher in the Byrd Center's Ice Core Paleoclimatology Research Group. In 2005 she held the position of manager of the glaciology laboratory at the Dumont D’Urville station for the 55th French overwintering mission in Adélie Land (Antarctica). Her research focuses on the determining changes in pollution transport pathways to remote areas of the globe.
Sheldon is the author of Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole. He is also the president and founder of Wilderness Research Foundation (WRF) and led the 1996 American Expedition to Baffin Island in the Canadian Eastern Arctic.
Anneke Schwob is the winner of the 2019-2020 Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program (BPCRCAP) research award. Dr. Schwob is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina whose research interests include American literature and science, the birth of American conservation movements, periodical studies, and natural history.
Stacy Porter is a postdoctoral researcher at the Byrd Center's Ice Core Paleoclimatology Research Group and a member of the Education and Outreach Department. Stacy will be moderating the Q&A during the panel discussion.