A continent devoted to science – discovered through brutal struggle.
The history of Antarctica is a history of leadership, loss, and survival against extreme odds. The experiences of its earlier explorers have been transformed from field notes, into stories, and into myth – while on bases across the continent, the patient accumulation of data continues to move knowledge of the planet forward. We’ll examine first-hand documents – letters, diaries, photos, and drawings – along with printed books, movies, and poems drawing on the experiences of figures like Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton. We will also have visits from some of the MIT explorers who research and write in and about Antarctica today.