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Presidents Recognition Dinner: John Bruno - POSTPONED - November 16, 2018

Please note: Due to weather's effect on air travel, we have unfortunately been forced to postpone tonight's President Recognition for President Emeritus Bruno. We will share details for the new event, date, and time as soon as they come available, and apologize for any inconvenience.

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Central Asia, then and now – A Rephotographic Journey in the Footsteps of Sven Hedin - Monday, November 19

Public Lecture Series with Lars Larsson, Sweden Chapter Chair - Sven Hedin (1865–1952) was a famous Swedish explorer and one of the very first honorary members of the Explorers Club – elected before 1910. By simple course and distance measurements, he alone explored and mapped larger areas overland than any other person in history. Lars Larsson is an International Fellow of the Explorers Club and lives in Åre, Sweden. He is the director of the Sven Hedin Project and a close collaborator to the Sven Hedin Foundation at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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Special event with award-winning pianist Jun Hwi Cho - Tuesday, November 20

Jun Hwi Cho, pianist, became the Joyce B. Cowin First Prize Winner of the 2014 New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event presented under the auspices of The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. In addition to his prize, he was awarded a recital at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, as well as additional appearances on the Young Artists Series, created in 2003, having presented more than 500 concerts.

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Public Lecture Series with David Grann - “The White Darkness” - Monday, November 26

“The White Darkness” is a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic. Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed with Ernest Shackleton. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton’s crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine.

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Film Screening: "The Mercy" - Tuesday, November 27

Screen Media and Trafalgar Releasing present The Mercy, a one-night only event at The Explorers Club, before it hits movie theaters beginning on November 30th in select markets, and a nationwide event in theaters on December 6th.

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An Evening of Adventures in Inuit Art - Thursday, November 29

Proudly presented by Adventure Canada and the Inuit Art Foundation - Join Alysa Procida, Executive Director of the Inuit Art Foundation for a contemporary presentation on the important role and relationship that varying art forms have in Inuit culture and how this stunning art form is received to Southern audiences. Over the past several years, the professionalization and marketing of Inuit art has changed substantially. For the past thirty years, the Inuit Art Foundation has advocated for and supported the success of Inuit artists working in all media. In this talk, the IAF’s Executive Director will broadly introduce the history of Inuit art and the role of the Inuit Art Foundation in the development of this ever-growing field.

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Visting Explorer Program with Emmanuel de Merode, Director and Chief Warden, Virunga National Park - Thursday, November 29

Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area. Unfortunately, more than 20 years of continuous armed conflict threatens the park’s exceptional wildlife—including a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas—and its breathtaking landscapes. A dedicated team of local rangers, who risk their lives daily to protect the park, and an ambitious development plan, called the Virunga Alliance, are all that stand against the loss of this irreplaceable treasure.

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Friday Frolic Free Event: Visiting Explorer Program with Levison Wood - Friday, November 30

Levison Wood is a professional explorer, writer, photographer and tv-documentary maker. Since 2014 he has had four critically-acclaimed Channel 4 documentary series, in which he had walked the length of the Nile, Himalayas and the Americas, and crossed the Caucasus in From Russia to Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier. This event is FREE and open to Members and their Guests as part of our weekly Friday Frolic Member gatherings. As with all Friday Frolics, it is BYOB and snacks, so please be sure to contribute. Come and network with fellow explorers and their friends at the Club - interesting friends and potential new members welcome to join with you.

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Tales From Dark Places - Saturday, December 1

Tales From Dark Places is a whole day of lectures by some of the world's most renowned scientists, cavers, divers, photographers, and explorers about their work in the dark recesses of outer space, the oceans, and the underworld. From robot testing in the Antarctic, to a hunt for "extremophile" organisms living deep in the never-ending darkness of the black void, work done in the dark places of the world brings knowledge to light, and forges harrowing tales for field explorers to share with friends!

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Public Lecture Series with Anthony Watts - "Mountains in the Sea" - Monday, Dec. 3

The oceans make up 76% of Earth’s surface, yet we know little of the nature of the seafloor that lies beneath. This lecture will trace the history of seafloor exploration, from the 19th century, through World War II, to the present-day. Dr. Watts will show that mountains, the majority of which are volcanic in origin, litter the seafloor. He’ll use acoustic imagery to illustrate these mountains and the role they play as a recorder of tectonic plate movement and Earth’s magmatic pulse, then discussing their scientific and societal significance.

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Explorers Club Holiday Party 2018 - Thursday, December 6

Have Certain Explorers been Naughty or Nice?! Our Guests will come from the North Pole and the Seven Continents. The Explorers Club and The House Committee cordially invite members and their guests to our year-end Holiday Party on Thursday, December 6th. Enjoy the festive holiday spirit in our beautiful Headquarters building, which is decorated for the season. Socialize with old friends…meet new friends…sing holiday songs…drink eggnog…or plan your next expedition. Cocktails and dinner will be served.

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Public Lecture Series with Dr. Patrick Hunt - "Tracking Hannibal" - Monday, December 10

Tracking Hannibal: From Carthage through Spain to the Alps, Italy and Beyond - Hannibal Barca's legendary march to wage the Second Punic War serves as the foundation of his historical legacy as Rome's greatest foe, yet the true route trod by his war elephants had never been confirmed. This lecture is not from an “armchair historian” but instead from “feet on the ground,” where Dr. Patrick Hunt led a ten-year National Geographic-sponsored field expedition to identify Hannibal’s actual trail.

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Public Lecture Series with Dan Stone - "The Food Explorer" - Monday, December 17

The Food Explorers: The Botanists Who Roamed the Planet To Find Our Everyday Foods - In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Along with his team of USDA botanists, Fairchild transformed the American diet. Join Fairchild’s adventures with National Geographic writer Daniel Stone, author of “The Food Explorer.”

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One Night. One Room. The 50th Anniversary of our Members on the Moon.

The 115th Explorers Club Annual Dinner - 3.16.2019

As the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 fast approaches, we find ourselves with a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the pioneers of the space program.

The 115th Explorers Club Annual Dinner will be a extraordinary gathering and fitting toast to all living Apollo Moonwalkers, Astronauts, and Engineers, alongside those they inspired—all in one room, on one night—in Times Square in New York City.

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President’s Video Report - Fall 2018

The coming of Fall signals the unveiling of another exciting year of Explorers Club special events - lectures and programs that utilize the very latest in technology and innovation.

Explorers Club President Richard Wiese hosts our latest edition of THE PRESIDENT’S VIDEO REPORT, featuring major upcoming Club activities and an all-important look at our worldwide Chapters.

And a special “shout-out” to our Explorers Club Volunteer Video Production Team -Marcelo Mendez, Luis Muga, and Alex Serrano for their continued efforts in making these Video Reports possible.

The Rolex Explorers Club Grants

The Explorers Club and Rolex share a common vision – supporting and fostering emerging young explorers. As a result of this shared vision, we are pleased to announce the third installment of The Rolex Explorers Club Grants program. The Rolex Explorers Club Grants will send extraordinary young explorers into the field and promote the significant role that exploration plays in addressing cutting-edge scientific questions, understanding our environment and the world we live in, and learning more about our history. In 2019 up to five $10,000 grants will be awarded to young explorers.

This program is open to all field science disciplines. Proposals must contain a field science exploration component and address a novel scientific, environmental, or historic question. In addition to demonstrating a spirit of exploration, candidates must put forward a project or research proposal that has a clear scientific rationale, represents original work, and has the potential for significant impact or new understanding. Fieldwork must be completed by February 14, 2020.

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