Lecture: David Ramseur: The Flight into Tomorrow that Helped End the Cold War
6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31Auditorium
On June 13, 1988, in the midst of four decades of Cold War tensions in the Bering Strait, Alaska Airlines’ “Friendship Flight” departed Nome and landed about 45 minutes later on the gravel runway in Provideniya, USSR. The historic flight reunited long-separated Alaska and Russia Native peoples and helped end the Cold War. Join Alaska journalist David Ramseur, author of the book, Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier, as he moderates a panel discussion with key participants. They include Jim Stimpfle of Nome, who helped organize the flight, Gov. Cowper's Soviet affairs specialist Ginna Brelsford and economist and former director of UAA's Institute of Social and Economic Research Gunnar Knapp. The panel recalls that day and how it prescribes a course for U.S.-Russia relations today. David Ramseur will be signing copies of his book Melting the Ice Curtain after the event. Free. Use the museum’s 7th Avenue entrance.