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Special Event - Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expedition, Asia Society Exhibit Preview - Friday, December 15

Paintings and Places: Giuseppe Tucci’s Travels in Tibet through Painting and Photography, by Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Senior Curator for Traditional Asian Art, Asia Society Museum In late February through May 2018, the Asia Society will feature the exhibition, "Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Buddhist Painting." Dr. Proser will introduce the story of Tucci and the eight major expeditions he made to Tibet between 1926 and 1948. Her presentation will include some of the extraordinary paintings collected by Tucci and expedition photographs shot by his expedition photographers.

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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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Visiting Explorer Program with Natalie Gibb - Tuesday, January 9

In 2015, underwater cave explorer Natalie L Gibb and her exploration partner Vincent Rouquette-Cathala dropped into coastal cave and found something totally unexpected. While most flooded caves in Mexico are filled with stone stalactites and stalagmites, the decorations in this cave appeared soft. They moved. The cave, which they named Pandora, is filled with a hydrogen sulfide-producing bacteria. The bacteria coats every surface of the Pandora, and grows into long, stalactite-like formations, sometimes meters long, which sway and drift with the smallest water movement. The unique environment of Pandora creates many challenges for exploration and scientific endeavors.

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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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Visiting Explorer Program with Leif Cocks - January 19, 2018

Orangutans: My Cousins, My FriendsCombined with his personal insights Leif shares the captivating and sometimes challenging stories of the many orangutans he was worked for over the years. And most importantly, he explains the key philosophies underpinning the work of his organization, The Orangutan Project, and outlines the fundamental shifts in thinking and behavior that we, as humans, must make if we are to avoid the imminent extinction of our majestic orange cousins.

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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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Public Lecture Series with Andrew Rowen - Monday, February 12

1492 Retold: A Bicultural Reexamination of Columbus’s Epic Voyage - Author Andrew Rowen will briefly sketch Columbus’s geographical, societal, and religious views in 1492 side by side with those of the Taíno chieftains he met in the Caribbean and then discuss how the encounters enfolded in 1492 and 1493 from both peoples’ perspectives, including the Taíno “discovery” of Europe in 1493.

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Public Lecture Series with Jim Herrington - Monday, February 26

Jim Herrington will be presenting his photography book The Climbers, the culmination of a 20-year project to track down and document the surviving legendary climbers of the early-to-mid 20th Century ‘Golden Age’ of climbing. These are the men and women from around the world who were vertically active between the 1920s and 1970s, who were at the cutting edge of an activity mostly unknown to the general public of the time. The stories of these climbers and their era are inspiring and captivating, and Herrington's effort to locate, travel to, and get them in front of his camera includes anecdotes of despair, hilarity and adventure.

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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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The Rolex Explorer 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 second installment of The Rolex Explorer Grants program. The Rolex Explorer 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 2018 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, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria include:

•   Students currently enrolled in a College / University undergraduate (Bachelor) or graduate (Master or Doctoral) degree program; or
•   Post-doctoral student within 2 years of their doctoral degree at the time of application; or
•   Young Explorers 35 years old or younger.

Awardees will be acknowledged at The Explorers Club Annual Dinner in March 2019, and will receive membership in The Explorers Club for the duration of their award.

Requirements of Grant Recipients:

•   Submission of a written report of research/field work
•   Presentation of research/field work in 3 separate community forums (eg: Church, School, or Community Center, etc.)
•   Presentation of research/field work during the Explorers Club Annual Dinner weekend
•   Creation of a 2 minute “in the field” video for The Rolex Explorer Grants website
•   Agree to give Rolex and The Explorers Club the rights to images and use of likeness

The Rolex Explorer Grants will begin accepting applications on November 20, 2017.

The deadline for submission will be 11:59 pm EDT, January 22, 2018.

To apply Register at:

Awardees will be notified by: March 9, 2018.

Written reports will be required to be submitted by February 28, 2019.

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Norman Baker – In Memoriam

It is with deep sympathy that we share with you news of the sudden passing of our esteemed Fellow National Norman Baker.

At the age of 89, Norman was flying solo, piloting his single-engine plane on the way to a Thanksgiving weekend in Vermont when tragically, his plane crashed.

Elected to the Club in 1970, Norman served on the Membership Committee, and was elected to the Board of Directors on multiple occasions (2002, 2005, and 2008).

He will forever be remembered as the Celestial Navigator, Radioman and Second-in-Command on three historic reed boat expeditions (Ra, Ra II and Tigris), all captained by Explorers Club Member (‘42) and Explorers Club Medal Winner (‘79), Thor Heyerdahl.

In addition to Norman’s many accomplishments, he participated in numerous Flag Expeditions, including ones to Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Thailand.

We all join in saluting Norman’s extraordinary achievements and extend our deepest condolences to his family. A memorial service is being planned at Club Headquarters, and we will share details as they become available.

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.

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