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Exploring Legends Interview with Scott Parazynski - August 2, 2017

Dr. Scott Parazynski FN'07 is the only human to have stood on the summit of the world’s highest peak, 29,035-foot Mt. Everest, and flown in space. Parazynski, 55, also served as personal physician to the late Sen. John Glenn aboard Shuttle Discovery on the senator’s return to space in 1998. Scott spent his early years studying medicine, graduating from Stanford with a B.S. in biology in 1983, then Stanford Medical School in 1989. He joined NASA in 1992 and, after five separate Shuttle flights, went into private industry. He is a 2008 recipient of the Club’s Lowell Thomas Award.

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Public Lecture Series with James B. McClintock - Monday, September 11

James B. McClintock will use personal experience and storytelling to frame the dramatic impacts of rapid climate change in one of the most sensitive regions of our planet. Rapid glacial recession, massive ice sheet break-outs, and significant loss of annual sea ice are among the physical impacts presented. But perhaps more poignant are the ramifications of rapid climate change and warming on marine wildlife ranging from phytoplankton to krill and to the Adelie penguin, whose populations have plummeted ninety percent near Palmer Station on the central western Antarctic Peninsula. Despite the challenges of climate change the talk concludes on an optimistic note, recounting the discovery of the hold in the ozone over Antarctica and its successful mitigation.

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Public Lecture Series with Erica Cirino - Monday, September 18

Science writer and artist Erica Cirino is traveling the world to learn more about plastic pollution, science and solutions. She has sailed across the most polluted part of the eastern Pacific Ocean, embedded with world-class scientists in Demark and is now preparing to visit some of the most degraded ecosystems in Asia. Her immersive, on-the-ground journalistic style is inspired by the great ocean explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, who said, “We must go and see for ourselves.”

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Public Lecture Series - With Lawrence in Arabia - Monday, September 25

Our first speaker will be Mitchell Stephens, a professor of journalism in the Carter Institute at New York University. He is author of The Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and The Invention of the 20th-Century Journalism. Mitchell had the privilege of following Lowell Thomas’s trail around the world and into Arabia. Mitchell has written a new foreword to With Lawrence in Arabia. Our second speaker will be Explorers Club member Steve Pigott who has just returned from tracing the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia for a Ken Burns documentary. Steve will have slides from this flag expedition.

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Presidential Dinner with Marit Larson and Sarah Charlop-Powers - Wednesday, September 27

Research into the historical ecology of the city and analysis of current environmental conditions is critical to guide the protection and restoration of biological diversity and ecological function in the urban environment. Three case studies demonstrate how science informs local conservation action in New York City: the return of the river herring in the Bronx River, the evaluation and re-construction of salt marsh habitat across the city, and the restoration of Eastern oyster populations in the harbor.

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Public Lecture Series with Chris Turney - Monday, October 2

Earth Scientist Chris Turney will discuss his experiences and the insights gained from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 2013-2014, which he led to one of the most remote places in the world: Cape Denison in the East Antarctic. Turney assembled a remarkable group of professional and citizen scientists for the daring journey. Their aim: to discover what changes are taking place in this globally important region, due to the arrival of a giant iceberg the size of Rhode Island, known as B09B.

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Space Stories 2017

Space Stories is a day devoted to the exploration of space, both on the commercial and private sides. A full list of speakers and their topics will be posted soon, but confirmed so far are former NASA Shuttle astronaut Sandy Magnus FN'10, acclaimed Pluto planetary scientist and Commercial Spaceflight Federation Chairman Alan Stern, private space citizen Greg Olsen MN'07, and Asteroid Day co-founder, filmmaker Grigorij Richters. We will end the day with a live recording of StarTalk All-Stars, featuring the day's speakers as panelists.

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Club Closed - Columbus Day - October 9, 2017

The Explorers Club is closed today - Monday, October 9th - in honor of Columbus Day. We will resume regular operating hours at 9:00 am Tuesday morning. There is no public lecture this week.

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Public Lecture Series with Ryan Pyle - Monday, October 16

Sparsely populated and spanning more than 1.6 million square kilometers of desert, river basins, mountains, and grasslands, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has had a turbulent history. Many of the events that have occurred there during the last 2500 years have been inextricably associated with its geographical position in northwest China, at a crossroads linking Europe and Asia. Traversed by branches of the series of trade routes that formed the ancient Silk Road, the region has been fought over and controlled by a succession of warlords and empires. Join Ryan as he spends nearly a decade exploring AND documenting the ancient footsteps in shifting sands in China’s remote northwest.

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

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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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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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 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 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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President’s Video Report - World Oceans Week

The summer season of exploration got off to an exciting start in June as The Explorers Club hosted its first ever World Oceans Week alongside and in cooperation with the United Nations Ocean Conference.

As the U.N. hosted thousands of scientists, researchers, artists. and explorers from around the world for days of intensive dialogue on the importance of preserving our oceans ecosystems and resources, The Explorers Club and its extraordinary members hosted scores of Oceans Week attendees from early morning to late at night with a series of prominent lectures, film screenings and social programs designed to enhance the total Oceans Week experience.

We invite you now to join Explorers Club President Ted Janulis for an exciting “up close and personal” look at the important role your Explorers Club played in Oceans Week.

“What Would the Ocean Say?”

World Oceans Week has been an incredible success so far. As part of the phenomenal programming that has already been released, we are proud to present the short film, “What Would the Ocean Say?” created for the United Nations in celebration of World Ocean Day, on behalf of James Cameron MED ’03 and the Avatar Alliance Foundation. The project features the work of Mark Dalio FR’16, David Gruber FR’14, Sophie Hollingsworth SM’14, and Gaelin Rosenwaks FR’06.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to the Avatar Alliance Foundation itself. Without the foundational contributions of Maria Wilhelm MN’08, Vanessa Fajans-Turner MN’16, and Kim Butts AN’16, it’s safe to say this incredible week would not have been possible.

TBA21-Academy: A Contemporary Exploration at World Oceans Week - June 5 & 6

As part of our first-ever World Oceans Week, leading artists, scientists, explorers, and conservationists will transform The Explorers Club into a place of collaboration, participation, and inspiration through a dynamic cross-disciplinary program exploring the most pressing issues facing our oceans today.

Organized by TBA21–Academy, and unfolding in four thematic sessions on June 5 and 6, “A Contemporary Exploration” reveals how alliances across disciplines and knowledge sharing can generate solutions in conserving and sustainably using the oceans.

Included with the presentations are two experiential sense installations: Sissel Tolaas, the contemporary Norwegian installation artist most widely known for her work with odors, is presenting “Oceanic Scentscape” that allows attendees to experience the “scents” of the oceans; also, Peter Zinovieff, the synthesizer pioneer, will be presenting his “Sound Installation” of Blue Whale recordings.

These sessions are free of charge and open to the public, with no sign-up required.

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