Greenland’s North Pole Legacy – Black, White and Eskimo

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room  { MAP } Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

PAST PROGRAM

GUEST SPEAKER:

David Golibersuch

Robert Peary and his African-American partner Matthew Henson spent nearly three decades in NW Greenland researching how to get to the North Pole. Following their alleged conquest of the Pole in 1909, Peary was honored as a national hero while Henson was ignored. While in Greenland, Peary and Henson did a little procreating on the side. Their descendants have lived there since. They were “discovered” by a Harvard professor in 1986 and reunited with their American “cousins”. Golibersuch traveled with them twice in 2001 & 2002. On one of those expeditions, National Geographic sent a film crew to document presenting a replica of the Society’s Hubbard Medal, which had been awarded posthumously to Henson to one of Henson’s grandsons. During this presentation, selections from the resulting nationally televised video featuring Inuit culture, seal hunting, and some really wild dogsledding will be shown.

David Golibersuch was born in snowy Buffalo. As a child he hated winter and dreamed of a California future. He never made it, instead spending most of his life in the northeast where he learned to love winter so much that he takes vacations in the high Arctic. Trained as a physicist at RPI and University of Pennsylvania, and Imperial College London, he spent his entire working career at GE’s Global Research and Development Center. There he held a variety of technical and managerial positions. His research interests included low temperature physics, biophysics, energy sciences, artificial intelligence, and decision theory. Dave makes his life worthwhile by spending time with family, friends, and nature and playing piano and pickleball. He is a lifelong fan of the outdoors and has trekked, paddled, and camped in the high Arctic, Asian Russia, Europe, Canada, and the USA; he especially enjoyed time with indigenous people. He currently lives in Manchester.