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#1: Fridtjof Nansen is considered the godfather of all modern polar explorers. In 1888, he became the first person to cross Greenland. At age 31, he organized and led an expedition to the North Pole that came closer than any humans had ever come before. Timothy Boyce will explain who Nansen was, and how and why he organized his polar explorations, focusing on the incredible challenges his voyages faced, and his indomitable will to overcome all obstacles. #2: Hailed as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” "From Day to Day" is a WW II concentration camp diary secretly written by Odd Nansen, the son of Fridtjof Nansen. Out of print for over 60 years, Tim rescued the diary from oblivion after reading the memoir of another Holocaust survivor whose life was saved by Nansen. Tim will explain who Odd Nansen was, why he was arrested, why he wrote the diary, how he preserved it, and why this diary is as important today as it was when it was written. • Lecture + Q&A.
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