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Public Lecture Series with members of the Nobel Prize-Winning LIGO team - Monday, October 23

SOLD OUT - Les Guthman will show the first preview of his new documentary, "LIGO," his exclusive inside story of the historic detection of gravitational waves, a discovery that is a top contender to win the Nobel Prize in Physics this year. He will be joined by Rai Weiss, one of the two creators of the LIGO program and winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics; and Nergis Mavalvala, MIT astrophysicist and MacArthur Fellow for her seminal work on the quantum puzzles and barriers LIGO encounters as it perfects its huge detector-observatories.

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Visiting Explorer Program with William Winram - Wednesday, October 25

Join William Winram on his journey into Ocean Exploration spanning nearly fifty years, starting as early as his toddler days with his father who taught him how to dive and respect the sea, followed by his first encounters with sharks as a young adult, and many years later, competing in the sport of freediving. Winram is an Ocean Explorer, IUCN Oceans Ambassador and founder of The Watermen Project, an NPO dedicated to ocean conservation.

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Public Lecture Series with Dario Schwoerer - Monday, October 30

Dario Schwoerer, a Swiss climatologist and international ski-and mountain guide (UIAGM), experienced the fragile environment he refers to as “his office” degrading rapidly and decided to dedicate his life to educating the public on how to respect nature and protect it for future generations. Joined by his wife Sabine, they founded TOPtoTOP with the goal of being the first expedition traversing the seven seas and reaching the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, relying only on the power of nature and the human spirit.

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Birds, Bees, and a Taste of Honey - Wednesday, November 1st

Cross-pollination helps at least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of our wild plants to thrive. Without pollinators, many plants -- including food crops -- would die off. Join us for a night of honey-tasting, hear about our efforts to effect ecological restoration through beekeeping, and learn about the impact of hummingbird pollination. There will be many honeys for tasting, from different regions for you to experience!

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Film Screening: "Letters From Baghdad" - Friday, November 3

Letters From Baghdad, voiced and executive produced by Academy Award-winning actor Tilda Swinton, tells the extraordinary story of Gertrude Bell, sometimes called “the female Lawrence of Arabia”. One of the most powerful figures to emerge in the Middle East during and after World War I, Bell was a British spy, explorer, writer and political powerhouse. More influential than her colleague T.E. Lawrence, Bell helped draw the borders of Iraq and established the Iraq Museum, which was infamously ransacked during the American invasion in 2003. Using never-seen-before archival footage of Baghdad, Cairo, Damascus, and Teheran shot a century ago, the film chronicles Bell’s remarkable journey into the uncharted desert.

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Public Lecture Series with Dr. Geoff Tabin - Monday, November 6

Dr. Geoff Tabin is a Professor of Surgery and Ophthalmology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Himalayan Cataract Project, recently featured on 60 Minutes. Geoff was a former Associate Professor of Surgery and Ophthalmology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He was the fourth person to climb the “7 Summits,” the highest point of all seven continents; and has pioneered difficult technical rock, ice, and mountaineering routes on all seven continents including the East Face of Mt. Everest.

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Sea Stories 2017 - Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sea Stories is a day focused on exploration, conservation, scuba diving, shipwrecks, nautical history and marine life. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the ocean to interact. Tickets will NOT be sold at door. Includes presentations from Jennifer Hayes, Professor David Freestone, Erick Higuera, Evan Kovacs, and Lars-Kristian Trellevik.

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Public Lecture Series with John Perkins - Monday, November 13

Who really got to the Pole first? When the news broke a century ago, a fierce controversy engulfed Peary and Cook's conflicting claims, and shrouded the glory of the achievement. This lecture will examine the evidence supporting each explorer, followed by a look at their overall accomplishments, their contributions to geographical knowledge, their personalities, and their reputations, both public and private. The case for both parties will be weighed, demystifying the narrative around the rightful claimant to terrestrial geography's greatest prize.

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Public Lecture Series with Greg Warden - Monday, November 20

New Light on the Ancient Etruscans: Discoveries at the Sanctuary of Poggio Colla in Tuscany - The lecture concerns archaeological exploration on the Etruscans and the archaeological project at a site in northern Tuscany (8th-2"d centuries BCE) that has produced dramatic evidence of Etruscan ritual practice and religious belief as well as an extensive settlement that sheds new light on the life of non-elite Etruscans.

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Public Lecture Series with Beverly Goodman - Monday, November 27

Today, the Roman harbor of Caesarea Maritima is sunken beneath the waterline as a massive rubbly field of encrusted blocks and debris. Underwater archaeological excavations and offshore coring campaigns have exposed natural disaster deposits that tell a story of multiple ancient tsunami events. This has led researchers and government officials to recognize the pending hazard that threatens this heavily populated coastline.

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Public Lecture Series with Sam Mehta - Monday, December 4

Sam Mehta’s presentation will take a deeper view of Japan -- its influence from the Mainland China shaped foundations of the Japanese culture. However, because of Japan’s relative isolation of the archipelago gave rise a very distinct character found nowhere else in the region. Sam aims to show through his lens and narration, the character of this cultural Galapagos full of contracts between modern and traditional. He hopes to present diversity of Japanese landscapes, sites, architecture, arts and crafts, costumes, tea ceremony, exotic foods, pop culture, festivals and lingering legacy of Shintoism, Buddhism and Confucianism that continue to shape the Japanese way of life.

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Public Lecture Series with Dr. Patricia Sutherland - Monday, December 11

A Meeting of Northern Worlds: Indigenous Peoples and the Norse in Arctic Canada - Recently identified archaeological finds from Canada’s eastern Arctic provide new evidence of a little known chapter in North American history. Artifacts resembling those used by Europeans of the Viking and Medieval periods have been recognized in several archaeological collections from Baffin Island and the adjacent regions of northern Labrador.

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Public Lecture Series with David Good - Monday, December 18

A Yanomami Reunion - David Good is a Yanomami-American, and his story details a journey to find his long lost mother and indigenous roots. Through this lecture, he shares with the audience a personal insight into the world of the Yanomami and brings awareness to their contemporary, and global struggles.

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Public Lecture Series with Jan Reynolds - Monday, January 8

Ancient Himalayan Salt Trade: Exploring Indigenous Life - Join Jan as she solos the Himalaya, over the Nangpa La, 20,000', the highest trade pass on earth, while working for National Geographic magazine. Jan finds and travels with some of the last great yak caravans trading salt over this pass which leads into Nepal, and the origins of the Sherpas. Then travel with her as she searches to find the traditional Tuareg in the Sahara, the original "blue men" of Africa, the great salt traders of the desert.

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Club Closed - MLK Day

The Explorers Club will be closed today, Monday January 15th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will resume our regular operating hours on Tuesday the 16th at 9am.

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Public Lecture Series with Priya Natarajan - Monday, January 22nd

Mapping the heavens: how radical ideas have transformed our cosmic view - This lecture focuses on two radical ideas in cosmology that involve invisible entities - dark matter and black holes. The history of the discovery of dark matter and black holes as well as their current status including recent leaps in understanding from mapping dark matter and the discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes will be presented.

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Public Lecture Series with Nathaniel J. Dominy - Monday, January 29

Mummified baboons reveal the geographic location of Punt - The Holocene fossil record of Egypt is devoid of baboons, and yet baboons of a distinctive species (Papio hamadryas) were elevated into the pantheon of Ancient Egyptian gods. The deification of baboons is practically unique in Africa, and this talk will focus on the stable isotope composition of modern and mummified baboons to explain why, and from where, baboons were imported, revered, and mummified in Ancient Egypt.

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Himalaya Bound: One Family’s Quest to Save Their Animals & An Ancient Way of Life - Monday, February 5

In 2009, author and photojournalist Michael Benanav embedded himself with one Van Gujjar family – nomadic water buffalo herders who live in the forests and mountains of northern India – to document their annual spring migration. He lived with them for 44 days, walking with them, herding buffaloes with them, sharing their food, sleeping under their tents, and becoming much more a part of the family than he ever expected. He came to know them well – their joys and their troubles, their hopes and fears for the future, and their perspectives on their place in the world.

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The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Tale of Death and Treasure - Monday, March 5

Explorers Club Public Lecture Series with Carl Hoffman

To understand Michael Rockefeller’s disappearance in 1961 for his book Savage Harvest, Carl Hoffman went deeper than he’d ever gone before, making two journeys of several months, each to one of the remotest places on earth – the swamps of southwest New Guinea, home to the Asmat people. The experience culminated in his living with former headhunters in a two room wooden house without electricity or plumbing, in a village without a single store, and only reachable by boat.

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President’s Video Report - October 2017

Fellow Explorers:

With Fall in full swing, we are eager to share with you many of our exciting Explorers Club programs, both at Club Headquarters and at our Chapters around the globe.

Please take a moment and join us for our latest President’s Video Report. As always, we welcome your input and comments.

Ben Mirin Receives The Scott Pearlman Field Award

Ben Mirin, Wildlife DJ, sound artist, educator, and explorer, will receive the 2017 Scott Pearlman Field Award to support his expedition to record endemic frog species in Cusuco National Park in Honduras.

Ben Mirin MR’16, has been an expedition leader and team member on multiple acoustic research expeditions sponsored by The National Geographic Society, The Safina Center, and several other organizations that focused on collecting natural sound for research, conservation, and communicating science to diverse audiences. Ben’s team will also be publishing an editorial film about their expedition in bioGraphic Magazine, a publication of the California Academy of Sciences.

Announcing the 2017 Lowell Thomas Award Winners

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For the 2017 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, FI ‘14
Prince Albert II of Monaco has long been dedicated to the protection of the environment and focuses on fighting climate change, promoting renewable energy, combating the loss of biodiversity, and preserving water resources through his Prince Albert II Foundation. He has also participated in research expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, thus becoming the first head of state to reach both poles. He is a member of the Ocean Elders group and serves on the Advisory Committee for Students on Ice.

Donn Haglund, Ph.D., FE ‘72
Dr. Haglund is a Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Wisconsin, where he created and taught a pioneering Arctic wilderness field course for more than 40 years. He earned his Ph.D. in economic geography from the University of Pennsylvania, based on work done in Greenland. He is recognized internationally for his expertise in maritime transport in support of Arctic economic development, and for his dedication to scientific research in these areas.

Martin T. Nweeia D.M.D., D.D.S, FN ‘99
Dr. Martin Nweeia is a research scientist, explorer, professor and scholar on the functional significance of the narwhal tusk and Inuit knowledge. His landmark studies on narwhal tusk sensory function have earned him nine grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as awards from The National Geographic Society, Harvard University, and the Smithsonian Institution. He is currently lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, a clinical assistant professor at Case School of Dental Medicine, and a research associate in vertebrate zoology at the Smithsonian Institution.

Konrad Steffen
Dr. Konrad Steffen is Director, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research and Professor, Institute of Atmosphere & Climate, ETH-Zurich. Previously he was Director CIRES, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and Professor Emeritus of Geography, both positions at University of Colorado Boulder. His interests include climate and cryosphere interaction in polar and alpine regions. In particular he researches sea level changes sensitivity studies of large ice sheets using in situ and modeling results.

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