The Elusive Nile - Explorers and the Changing Map of Africa - This is a graphic overview of the Nile and its sources as they have changed over time, citing a variety of theories that trace as far back as the ancient Greeks. Don Kaufman will provide an intimate view of printed maps from the 16th to 19th century, with representations from each different era shown. Special emphasis will be placed on the period of 19th century exploration, when the findings of successive explorers altered the map of Africa until the cartographic delineation of the Nile’s origins finally reflected reality. Kaufman will also highlight the beauty and charm of early artistic cartography.More Details
Alison Nicholls is an Artist inspired by conservation in Africa. Her links with the African People & Wildlife Fund (Tanzania) and Painted Dog Conservation (Zimbabwe) allow her to visit the projects, sketch on site and see their work first-hand. On return to the studio, Alison bases her paintings on conservation issues she has encountered in the field - using her sketches, journals and mental library of images as her reference.More Details
This past April, International documentary photographer Daryl Hawk embarked on a long 3200 mile journey across the kingdom of Ladakh in northern India and the region of Kashmir. Ladakh is a remote and rugged land that separates the peaks of the western Himalaya range from the vast Tibetan plateau. It is one of the highest and driest regions in all of the world and cut off by snow for six months of the year. Mr. Hawk was there to shoot a documentary for both magazines and television and will share his nonstop, day to day adventures, experiences, discoveries, and valuable lessons he learned on this incredibly spiritual journey through this last Shangri-la.More Details
Join us at Club headquarters in New York for a special all-day Space Stories program focusing on the history of human spaceflight. This year's venue will feature astronauts and engineers from a number of different manned missions using the Cold War as a backdrop. Among confirmed story-tellers so far are Gen. Charles Duke FN'92, Apollo 16 moonwalker; Richard Garriott MN'98 and Greg Olsen MN'07, both of whom flew aboard Soyuz to ISS; four-time Shuttle/Soyuz veteran Leroy Chiao FN'05; Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 Lunar Module pilot; Cady Coleman, who performed a live flute duet with Ian Anderson aboard ISS; Brian Binnie MED'06, who piloted SpaceShipOne to win the Ansari X Prize in 2004; and NASA Senior Photographer Bill Ingalls.More Details
Life in the ancient Roman world could be risky business. People in antiquity were no less concerned about the prevention and cure of maladies than they are now. In her presentation, Yeomans examines a recently excavated, as-yet unpublished archaeological site that has substantially contributed to our understanding of what ancient Romans did to combat disease and injury, as well as archaeological evidence for how they responded to one of the most horrifying epidemics the ancient world had ever seen: The Antonine Plague of the 2nd Century AD.More Details
1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed - In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Eric Cline tells the story of the collapse of the Late Bronze Age ca. 1177 BC, considering everything from climate issues and civil unrest to invasion by the so-called Sea Peoples and the cutting of major trade routes. He also describes what exactly it was that collapsed, since from about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex international world in which Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots, and Canaanites all interacted, creating a cosmopolitan and globalized world-system such as has only rarely been seen before the current day.More Details
A story worthy of a Hollywood movie, James Reid arrived in Vietnam from an intelligence assignment in SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe), Paris, as a US Army major, and was selected in late 1967 to brief Henry Cabot lodge Jr, who had come to oversee the South Vietnamese presidential elections. His activities involved consultations with high level personages, exciting intelligence gathering activities and a clandestine mission involving US Ambassador to India Chester Bowles' secret agreement with Cambodian ruler Prince Sihanouk ( fearful of a Chinese invasion of his country). Colorful graphic images detail Major Reid's meetings with intelligence sources in such exotic places as Vietnam's historic Hue, Katmandu (Nepal), Bombay (now Mumbai) and Singapore.More Details
The Ship That Held Up Wall Street — An underwater archaeologist exploring beneath the pavement of Manhattan? In 1982 more than 11,000 New Yorkers viewed a ship being excavated by archaeologists at 175 Water Street, then it was gone. Dr. Warren Riess co-directed the excavation of a colonial merchant ship and has researched and analyzed it over the past thirty-five years. In his illustrated lecture Riess will discuss the problematic excavation and the results of decades of research and analysis that led him to identify the ship and discover its history in the developing eighteenth-century Atlantic World.More Details
This presentation takes us into the wild western Amazon, the Madre de Dios (or Mother of God). The sacred headwaters of the Amazon Basin are the most ecologically significant place on our planet. For the last eight years Paul Rosolie has studied and explored this region of ancient forest amidst gold miners, drug runners, loggers, uncontacted tribes, and more biological diversity than anywhere else. An author, and award winning documentary filmmaker, Rosolie’s mission is to tell the story of this wild corner of the earth before it vanishes.More Details
Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition and the Shadow of the Great War: With the race to the South Pole won by Norway, renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set his sights on another prize, the first crossing of the Antarctic continent. This dream was dashed when the Endurance was crushed by ice and Shackleton and his 27 men found themselves castaways in the most remote place on earth. Shackleton’s quest for glory became a fight merely to survive. Caroline Alexander is the author of seven books of non-fiction including the international best-sellers The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition and The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty, now under development for a TV mini-series.More Details
100 Miles of Wild - the North Dakota Badlands Expedition: This talk will describe results of Flag expedition 112, where the Adventure Science team conducted the first-ever walking survey of the North Dakota Badlands. The purpose of the project was to document the current state of the wilderness that helped inspire Theodore Roosevelt to preserve wilderness areas in the United States. The rapid expansion of the Bakken oil boom threatens to alter the feeling and state of wilderness in this remote area, and as political controversy rages, a non-partisan baseline study needed to be conducted.More Details
Some 3000 years ago, the relentless spread of civilization reached Tibet with dramatic consequences, ones that would alter the face of Eurasia forever. This was the time of the Late Bronze Age followed by the Iron Age, periods of profound technological and environmental change across Eurasia. Although we now often think of Tibet as a backwater, in antiquity it too was an active participant in the reshaping of this vast continent. The developments unleashed in Tibet and beyond three millennia ago reverberate down to the present day, helping to account for the cultural legacies of two-thirds of the world’s population.More Details
Freelance travel/science writer, photographer and emerging filmmaker, Kate Harris will be leading a 150 mile, all-woman, self-supported ski traverse of the eastern Pamir mountains in Tajikistan. The “Borderski Expedition” will document the impact of border fences on migratory wildlife, especially Marco Pole sheep, and hopes to inspire others through writing, photography and film to think beyond borders, whatever shape they take.
Explorers Club Fellow and Drexel University professor Kenneth Lacovara, PhD has just published “A Gigantic, Exceptionally Complete Titanosaurian Sauropod Dinosaur from Southern Patagonia, Argentina,” which details the discovery and description of “a new supermassive dinosaur species with the most complete skeleton ever found of its type,” the aptly named Dreadnoughtus schrani.
Call to all Full Members and Fellows!
$100,000 for Expeditions
We are proud to present The Foundation Mamont - Explorers Club World Exploration Challenge made possible through the generous support of The Foundation Mamont (Founder, Explorers Club Fellow Dr. Frederik Paulsen). All Explorers Club Members and Fellows in good standing are invited to apply for up to $100,000 toward a flag-worthy expedition in 2014-2015.
Click here to download the application, and read below to learn more about the requirements and conditions for applying.
Dr. Paulsen is a dedicated and supportive Club Fellow and Honorary Director. For an exciting account of his expedition history, you can click here to read a profile from Forbes Magazine.