'Coldest Crucible' talk, book signing set Sept. 24
Historian Michael F. Robinson
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1:29 p.m., Sept. 16, 2008----A lecture and booksigning by Michael F. Robinson, the author of The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts.

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Robinson, an assistant professor of history at Hillyer College, University of Hartford, will explore the phenomenon of “Arctic Fever” that swept the nation in the late 1800s as dozens of American expeditions sailed north to the Arctic to find a sea route to Asia and, ultimately, to stand at the North Pole.

The event, which is part of UD's programming to mark the International Polar Year and is cosponsored by University Museums and several other on- and off-campus units, It is free and open to the public, books will be available for purchase for $39, and those interested in learning more details can call (302) 831-8037.

Robinson will then give another lecture at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, in Memorial Hall, with the room still to be determined. This lecture, “The Mystery of the Open Polar Sea,” co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and the College of Marine and Earth Studies, will focus on the 1845 disappearance of 129 British explorers in the Arctic, as well as the several expeditions subsequently made to the region that were sparked as a result of the interest the failed venture piqued.

This lecture is also free and open to the public. For more information, call (302) 831-0852.