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“Polar, Barely.” TLS review of The Greatest Show in the Arctic

“Going beyond the single viewpoint of expedition commanders, a succession of engagingly written and sometimes brilliantly researched volumes has ­produced new and detailed accounts of one expedition after another, enriching the official published and archival resources with newsprint, memorabilia and … Continue reading

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Roald Amundsen Memorial Lecture

P.J. Capelotti, Penn State Abington’s resident explorer and research associate of the Polar Center at Penn State, delivered the fifth annual Roald Amundsen Memorial Lecture on Dec. 3 in Oslo, Norway.

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Whale bones in the Smithsonian

Read my latest interview: the Washington Post wanted to know where the whale bones in the Smithsonian came from.  The answer has a lot to do with the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Review from Svenska Dagbladet of The Greatest Show in the Arctic

Torgny Nordin of the Stockholm daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet has an extensive review of The Greatest Show in the Arctic: the American exploration of Franz Josef Land, 1898-1905.   “Capelotti’s purpose is to describe what happened and analyze why the expeditions … Continue reading

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Philly explorer Elisha Kent Kane honored at Laurel Hill Cemetery

On Friday, August 26, 2016, students from Penn State Abington unveiled a new historical marker at Kane’s family tomb in Laurel Hill Cemetery, as a lasting tribute to a man who died too young and was given what may have … Continue reading

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Leadership in an Extreme Environment

P.J. Capelotti, professor of anthropology and Penn State Abington’s resident explorer, chronicles three failed American expeditions to the frozen north in his new book, The Greatest Show in the Arctic: The American Exploration of Franz Josef Land, 1898–1905.  His 2.5 … Continue reading

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Arctic Book Review on The Greatest Show in the Arctic

“By dint of his usual painstaking research  …  Capelotti has uncovered the remarkable intricacies of the less-than-admirable behaviour and the often incomprehensible decisions made by all three leaders.”  –William Barr, Arctic Book Review   http://arcticbookreview.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-greatest-show-in-arctic-american.html  

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