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Public Lecture Series with Paul F. Tanghe - Monday, April 24

Why do relatively weak and poor countries control poaching? Since 2006, rhino poaching has become a global crisis. Yet some countries have effectively controlled rhino poaching, including countries that lack high state capacity or strong economies. Drawing from relational models theory and the sacred value protection model, this project argues that social conditions can enable the control of poaching through moral outrage and cleansing mechanisms. Through a comparative institutional analysis of rhino range states, relational model analysis of rhino conservationists in key countries, and analytic narratives, Paul F. Tanghe demonstrates that poaching control is a function of de-commodification.

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Presidential Dinner with Famed Conservationist Kris Tompkins and Kim Elliman - Tuesday, April 25

The Explorers Club is proud to welcome Kristine Tompkins, President of Tompkins Conservation, for a rare and important presentation on her conservation work in South America. Come meet Kris and hear her thoughts on conservation, activism, and the fate of planet Earth. After opening remarks and footage of flagship projects in Chile and Argentina, Christopher (Kim) Elliman and Kris will discuss large-scale conservation projects, the role of public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurial philanthropy, before opening the discussion to audience questions.

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Public Lecture Series with William Rom, M.D. - Monday, May 1

Rafting the Alsek River - The Alsek River crosses the largest non-polar icecap in the world, and is directly in the crosshairs of Global Warming. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage BioSphere, consisting of the Kluane National Park, Tatshenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park, and Glacier Bay and Wrangell-St. Elias National Parks in the U.S. Dr. William Rom FR'91 will describe endless rapids, portaging 8 miles over Turnback Canyon using a helicopter and deflated rafts, a profusion of wildflowers, grizzly bears munching on them, with bald eagles in the sky, and more.

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Sinop Festivali 2017 - Thursday, May 4, 2017

Journey to the Southern Shores of the Black Sea in search of the Kingdom of Mithridates - On Thursday, May 4th, in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in New York and Sinop Kale Excavations, an archaeological expedition directed by Club members Dr. Owen Doonan FN ’16 and Dr. Alexander Bauer FR ’15, The Explorers Club will be holding a special event celebrating the vibrant culture and history of Sinop, Turkey. The event will feature Turkish food, music, and history focused on the famous Black Sea city of Sinop and its most infamous character, the “Poison King” Mithridates the Great.

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Public Lecture Series with Joel Grossman - May 8, 2017

The Discovery of Ancient Metallurgy (Gold and Bronze) in the South-central Andes of Peru - Expeditions into the south-central Andes directed by Dr. Joel W. Grossman discovered very early gold working and later copper artifacts from an important site, Waywaka, in the highlands of Peru. This talk will detail the saga of discovery and analysis of the gold and copper within the current scientific framework of Andean archaeology.

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Film Screening - RiverBlue - Tuesday, May 9

RiverBlue discovers the toxic side effects of textile production and jean manufacturing on some of the world's largest rivers. Traveling from tanneries along rivers in India, to some of the largest jean manufacturing factories in China, renowned river advocate and Explorers Club Fellow Mark Angelo, guides us through the declining health of these important waterways.

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Special Event - "Witness" Exhibit Launch Party with Artist Robin Huffman - Wednesday, May 10

Witness - Portraits and Stories from Africa: The rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate, as are the primates and the environments they call home. Sanctuaries provide rehabilitation, care and a safe haven to these vulnerable displaced creatures. Robin Huffman, a caregiver at primate sanctuaries, has created this collection of paintings, photographs, tales and voices of the primates in Africa, in order to draw attention to their plight and show the world how close to us these primates are.

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Public Lecture Series with Daryl Hawk - Monday, May 15

International documentary photographer, Daryl Hawk, will present his latest photo documentary and lecture entitled “Into the Heart of Cuba”. In April of 2016 Mr. Hawk embarked on a long 2700 mile circumnavigation of the entire country of Cuba. Hawk started his journey in the capital of Havana where the day to day street life and architecture was his main focus. He then made his way to the rural Vinales region which is world renowned for tobacco plantations. From there he continued to head east through the cities of Cinfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Camaguay and Santiago de Cuba as well as many villages in between.

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Public Lecture Series with Rachel Hogan - Monday, May 22

Rachel Hogan is Director of Ape Action Africa in Cameroon, one of the longest-running and most respected primate sanctuaries on the African continent. With compelling stories and images, she will speak of her journey from a shy young woman in a tent in the forest to leader of one of the largest primate rescue and rehabilitation projects in Africa. Wild gorillas and chimpanzees are on the brink of extinction. Habitat loss and poaching threaten these magnificent animals like never before. Against daunting odds, Rachel and Ape Action Africa work steadfastly on the front lines to protect them.

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No Public Lecture - Club Closed - Memorial Day

Explorers Club Headquarters will be closed today, Monday, May 30th, in honor of Memorial Day. We will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, May 30th, at 9:00 am.

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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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First Photos! - ECAD 2017

The first photographs from Saturday’s 113th Annual Dinner are now online, with more coming every day.

Click here to check our Facebook gallery, and be sure to check back as we continue to upload shots from an incredible evening!

Special thanks to photographers Craig Chesek and Rod Mickens for their hard work.

Annual Dinner SOLD OUT

The 113th Explorers Club Annual Dinner is officially SOLD OUT.

We’d like to thank our Members & Guests for their incredible support!

If you are a ticketed guest and have questions about transportation to the Dinner, you can click here for a transportation FAQ.

See you on Ellis Island!

Robert De Niro & Wade Davis at ECAD 2017

We are excited to share with you that opening our 113th Explorers Club Annual Dinner this year will be two-time Academy Award Winner and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute, Robert De Niro. He will be joined on-stage by Wade Davis, the 2011 Explorers Club Medal Winner, who will act as Master of Ceremonies.

There are only a few seats left! Click here to purchase Dinner tickets online.

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