In collaboration with the Columbus Theatre, we're honored to welcome Monty Python cast member and author Michael Palin to Providence for an entertaining and enlightening evening as he discusses his new book: Erebus: One Ship, Two Epic Voyages.
Join Michael Palin in conversation with Russel Potter, Professor at Rhode Island College and author of Finding Franklin, as he charts the ship Erebus’s history from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839 to '43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in the Northwest Passage in 2014. To research this story, Palin travelled across the world—from Tasmania, to the Falklands, to the Canadian Arctic—searching for local information, and experiencing firsthand the terrain and the conditions that would have confronted the Erebus and her crew. Together, he and Potter will explore the intertwined careers of the men who shared its journeys: the organizational genius James Clark Ross, who oversaw some of the earliest scientific experiments to be conducted along the Antarctic coastline, and the troubled Sir John Franklin. They'll uncover what life on board was like for the dozens of men who stepped ashore in Antarctica’s Victoria Land, and for the officers and crew who, one by one, froze and starved to death in the Arctic wastes as rescue missions desperately tried to track them down.
The conversation will be followed by a moderated Q&A. Palin will add dedications to the signed books after the event if people wish.
Tickets are available here.