University of Alaska PRESS




Author event by David Ramseur

Thursday, September 14, 2017
7:00 pm, Murie Building Auditorium on UAF West Ridge campus

Please join former Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reporter David Ramseur at his Fairbanks book launch, with special introduction by columnist Dermot Cole. Ramseur will discuss his new book Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier (University of Alaska Press).

In 1988, Ramseur helped organize the Alaska Airlines “Friendship Flight” between Nome, Alaska and Provideniya, Russia, which reunited indigenous peoples of common languages and cultures (Siberian Yupik and others) for the first time in four decades. Melting the Ice Curtain, tells the story of how inspiration, courage, and persistence by citizen-diplomats bridged a widening gap in superpower relations is explored.

David Ramseur managed federal grants for academic exchanges between Alaska and the Russian Far East for the UAA American Russian Center. He served as press secretary, communications director, chief of staff, and foreign policy adviser to Alaska Governors Steve Cowper and Tony Knowles and to Anchorage Mayor and U.S. Senator Mark Begich.

This is a free public event. Parking is free after 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact University of Alaska Press at 907-474-5831 or email



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