APRIL 16 - VIRTUAL - "Madhouse at the End of the Earth" - the exploration of Antarctica with Julian Sancton AB'03

Julian Sancton AB'03 discusses his New York Times Bestseller - a biography of the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache and his three-year expedition aboard the Belgica to the icy continent of Antarctica.  

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

In August 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail for a three-year expedition aboard the good ship Belgica with dreams of glory. His destination was the uncharted end of the earth: the icy continent of Antarctica. 

But de Gerlache’s plans to be first to the magnetic South Pole would swiftly go awry. After a series of costly setbacks, the commandant faced two bad options: turn back in defeat and spare his men the devastating Antarctic winter, or recklessly chase fame by sailing deeper into the freezing waters. De Gerlache sailed on, and soon the Belgica was stuck fast in the icy hold of the Bellingshausen Sea. When the sun set on the magnificent polar landscape one last time, the ship’s occupants were condemned to months of endless night. In the darkness, plagued by a mysterious illness and besieged by monotony, they descended into madness.

In Madhouse at the End of the Earth, Julian Sancton unfolds an epic story of adventure and horror for the ages. 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “exquisitely researched and deeply engrossing” (The New York Times) true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry—with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter.

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JULIAN SANCTON, AB'03 is an editor at The Hollywood Reporter. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, Wired, and Playboy, among other publications. He has reported from every continent, including Antarctica, which he visited while researching his first book, Madhouse at the End of the Earth. A graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in History, Julian lives in Larchmont, New York, with his partner, Jessica, and their two daughters.


Date: April 16, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Via Zoom:  
Cost: Free
Tickets: Tickets are available by clicking the button below.
Who: Open to members and alumni.
Inquiries: For further info email howard_yeon@post.harvard.edu