Thawing the Ice Curtain: The Story of Bering Bridge, the Soviet-American Expedition from Siberia to Alaska
PAUL SCHURKE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1990

Motivated by his love for the wilderness and his
interest in citizen diplomacy, Paul Schurke set in
motion his dreams for the Bering Bridge Expedition
and, in the process, helped melt the "Ice Curtain" that
divided the United States and the U.S.S.R.

In 1989 Paul Schurke and Soviet explorer Dmitry
Shparo, co-led a team of six Americans and six Soviets
on a 1,000-mile, two-month ski and dog sled trek from
Siberia to Alaska via the treacherous ocean waters of the
Bering Strait. Mr. Schurke's involvement in the Bering
Bridge Expedition led to a diplomatic accord between
the United States and the Soviet Union, and also helped
link two dozen remote villages on both sides of the
border.

Pres. George Bush and Pres. Mikhail Gorbachev both
hailed Mr. Schurke's Bering Bridge journey for helping
to strengthen relations and ties between Asia and
America. On April 23, 1989, the nine-man, three-
woman expedition stood on the sea ice in the middle of
the Bering Strait at the International Dateline. Both
American and Soviet diplomats joined them at this
"global seam," where a protocol was signed that would
ease United States and Soviet border restrictions,
enabling Bering region natives once again to travel
freely across those waters. Mr. Schurke's experience on
the expedition is chronicled in his book, The Bering
Bridge Expedition-Connecting Cultures and Continents
(1989).

Please join us at Mr. Schurke's slide and video
presentation titled "Thawing the Ice Curtain: The Story
of Bering Bridge, the Soviet-American Expedition from
Siberia to Alaska." Your dinner reservations may be
made by filling out the enclosed coupon.