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Vermont Reads 2016 Programs on Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition

Southern Vermont College (SVC), College Steps, and Sunrise Family Resource Center Opportunities Program will be collaborating on events in March and April for this year’s Vermont Reads book selection, “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition” by Caroline Alexander and “Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance” by Jennifer Armstrong.

One hundred years ago, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the “Endurance,” was imprisoned and crushed by sea ice near Antarctica. Both books tell the true story of Ernest Shackleton’s failed Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, the first attempted land-crossing of Antarctica by way of the South Pole. The “Endurance” became trapped in ice, and what ensued was a “truly remarkable” story of leadership, bravery, and endurance.

SVC will host a book club discussion of both selections on Monday, March 28, from 12 to 1 p.m. in Everett Mansion’s Burgdorff Gallery. The discussion will be moderated by Andrea Robare, Reference Librarian at SVC and Darcy Oakes from College Steps. Discussion topic will include: leadership in the face of adversity, courage, perseverance, and adventure and exploration. A light snack will be offered.

The College will host a faculty discussion on “Shifting Environment of the Antarctic: A Multiperspective Faculty Discussion” on Thursday, April 28, from 2:20 to 3:20 p.m. in Everett Mansion’s Theatre.

On Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m., coauthor Michael Tougias [with Casey Sherman] will give a slide presentation at the Everett Mansion Theatre on his new book, “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue.” Following the presentation, a reception and book-signing will take place in Burgdorff Gallery. Two months ago, the Disney Corporation released a movie based on the book, which stars actors Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. This program is co-sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.

The Vermont Reads Program is “A Statewide, Community Reading Program,” sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. To learn more information about this program and other programs offered by Vermont Humanities Council, go to The public is invited to these events, which are free. For more information, contact Robare at 802- 447-6311 or e-mail

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