David Ramseur, author of Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier, will share his experience of over 30 years of reporting on and participating in citizen diplomacy between the people from Alaska and in Russia. His talk will be on Thursday, August 29, 10 a.m. to noon at the Watauga County Library, co-sponsored by High Country Writers.
Ramseur moved to Alaska in 1979 where he reported on politics and government in the state and national capitals for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and Anchorage Times. Beginning in 1986 for nearly 30 years, he served as press secretary, communications director, chief of staff, and foreign policy advisor to Alaska Governors Steve Cowper and Tony Knowles and to Anchorage Mayor and U.S. Senator Mark Begich. Ramseur has visited the Soviet Union and Russia more than a dozen times starting with the Alaska Airlines' "Friendship Flight" in 1988, and lived and worked in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in 1993.
Ramseur has authored numerous articles about Russia in national publications. He holds a bachelor's in political science from the University of North Carolina Asheville and a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. Ramseur is a visiting scholar in public policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage's Institute of Social and Economic Research and board member of the Alaska World Affairs Council. David was honored in September 2018 by the Alaska Historical Society with its “Contributions to Alaska History Award.” He lives in Anchorage with his spouse, attorney Susan Wibker, but visits family in the NC High Country.