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Bonobos: Back to the Wild - Screening and Discussion with Claudine André

You are invited to hear Claudine André share her daring story of great ape protection and view a segment of the film BONOBOS: Back to the Wild. André is an internationally acclaimed wildlife conservationist, and charismatic storyteller, who founded the world's only bonobo sanctuary, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Female-dominant bonobos are the most affectionate and intriguing of all the great apes. The film chronicles Ms. Andre's heroic success in protecting bonobos from extinction due to the rapacious bush meat trade.

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Public Lecture Series feat. Alfred McLaren - October 19th, 2015

Silent and Unseen: On Submarine Patrol During the Cold War — Capt. Alfred Scott McLaren will discuss his very exciting career in attack submarines during the Cold War, including deployment during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a great number of Cold War missions, and taking part in, and later commanding, two historic Arctic expeditions.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Darron Collins - October 26, 2015

Conserving the World’s Largest Salmonid in the Land of Genghis Khan - This talk will explore a decade’s worth of exploration, fly-fishing and conservation in Mongolia’s Onon River watershed, birthplace of Genghis Khan. A long-term collaboration among local communities, non-profits, and Mongolian River Outfitters has brought about the recovery of one of the world’s largest and most amazing freshwater fish.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Kenton Cool - November 2nd, 2015

Born in London in 1973, Kenton Cool developed a passion for rock climbing and the outdoors as a boy scout. He is now acknowledged as one of the World’s great high altitude leaders and his record of success with clients on Everest is, without doubt, the best of any expedition leader. Kenton has personally summited Everest nine times (two of these being back to back in the same week, a global first). He is one of the elite IFMGA guides and has built a reputation on a willingness to take on the impossible, providing a service second to none and gaining the respect from peers as well as clients.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Lee Durrell - November 9th, 2015

SAVING SPECIES FROM EXTINCTION: Past, Present and Future of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust — The story of the Trust and its achievements, from the days when it was first conceived by its Founder, Gerald Durrell, to the present, are revealed through amusing and poignant stories and inspiring images. The urgency of the need for biodiversity conservation around the world is articulated, and some of the issues the Trust intends to target in the future are presented.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Thomas Simmons - Monday, November 16th

Mike Plant is in his prime at age 41, recognized as America’s premiere offshore single-handed skipper, when he becomes the subject of a mystery at sea. Weeks have passed since he departed New York Harbor aboard his radically designed 60-foot sloop, Coyote, en route to France for the starting line of the Vendee Globe, a single-handed non-stop race around the world. A massive air search ensues, and those who know Plant believe he is capable of surviving the elements. Thomas Simmons will never forget standing on a tugboat in Newport Bay when his uncle, Mike Plant, appeared over the horizon and sailed to victory in the 1987 BOC Challenge. He knew then as he knows now, that dreams are worth chasing.

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Soundscape 2015: San Francisco Sound at The Explorers Club - November 19th, 2015

For five decades, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have lived the ultimate adventures of the music business. Founders of renowned groups Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, they pioneered rock music at its highest levels during the sweet spot of the 1960s with songs like Somebody To Love and White Rabbit. For their efforts, in 1996 the two were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Come join these icons as Club director Jim Clash FR'99 probes their recollections of the summer of 1969 when they headlined the counterculture Woodstock concert, and when Neil Armstrong MED’76 and Buzz Aldrin MED‘76 walked on the moon.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Lauren Farmer & Alex Cowan - November 23rd, 2015

In summer 2015, Lauren Farmer MR’14 and Alex Cowan FI’15 carried Explorers Club Flag No. 69 to the Geographic North Pole as photographer and geologist respectively, aboard 50 let Pobedy, a nuclear-powered Arktika Class icebreaker. They were facilitating a research project aiming to utilize a tourism vessel in collecting valuable Arctic Ocean sea ice data for the science community, while engaging passengers in the observation and measurement process. Farmer & Lowe will explain the aims and achievements of this endeavor as well as the prospects for citizen science projects in the future. They will also proudly return Flag No. 69 to The Explorers Club.

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Public Lecture Series featuring John Frederick Walker - Monday, November 30th

Nearly a century ago, the giant sable antelope of Angola was the last great African quadruped to become known to the outside world. The males of this critically endangered sable subspecies carry breath-taking five-foot-long curved horns. Angola’s national animal has managed to survive decades of trophy hunting and a devastating 27-year-long civil war only to now fall under threats from poaching, habitat loss and disease, as John Frederick Walker recently reported for National Geographic News. Walker returns to the Club with spectacular images and rare film clips to share news of on-going conservation efforts to ensure a future for this magnificent walking emblem.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Jack Turner - December 7th, 2015

Ansel & Ansel: Points of Inspiration — Yosemite National Park (circa 1916) ignited the passion of two of the most influential voices in the conservation movement. Only 22 years old, Ansel Hall rose through the ranks to become the first Chief Naturalist and Chief Forester for the newly formed National Park Service. The man who would become America’s iconic and most famous wilderness photographer, Ansel Adams, was only a teenager. “Points of Inspiration” is an account from the families of Ansel & Ansel and a tribute to their legacy of adventure, innovation, preservation, and interpretation of wild America.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Thomas Mangelsen & Todd Wilkinson - December 14, 2015

Internationally-renowned wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen and noted American environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson present an evening with the most famous Grizzly Bear Mama in the world: Will Grizzly 399 Survive? This lecture will present the harrowing life and death saga of humans and grizzly bears in America's most iconic ecosystem. A book signing of "GRIZZLY: The Bears of Greater Yellowstone" will follow lecture.

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Club Closed - MLK Day

The Explorers Club will be closed today, Monday January 18th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will resume regular operating hours tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th at 9:00 am.

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Public Lecture Series feat. John Vincent Bellezza - January 25, 2016

Long before lamas, monasteries and Buddhism came to Tibet, the highest plateau on earth was home to a sophisticated civilization. Hidden away in the highest and remotest reaches of Tibet are remarkably well preserved citadels, temples, necropolises and rock art that tell its story. John Vincent Bellezza regales us with gripping tales of his latest discoveries and sheds light on the mysterious people who built these great monuments.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Annie Nocenti - March 28th, 2016

Documentary Adventures in Haiti and Pakistan — Making documentary films in troubled countries isn’t easy, but it is a fascinating challenge. After the earthquake that devastated Haiti, Annie Nocenti taught filmmaking out of a tent. In Baluchistan, a tribal province of Pakistan, she made two films, one about a tribal insurgency, and one about hunting with falcons. Filming tribal lords under a veil, and later in the desert with men that normally live in Purda (separation of men and women), ended up being an amazing sharing experience. The same was true in Haiti. Adventure travel can be dangerous and challenging, but what she learned to treasure most was how disparate cultures can come to a better understanding of one another.

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Announcing the 2015 Lowell Thomas Awardees

The Explorers Club proudly presents the 2015 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner, Visionaries of Conservation: Paradigm Shifts in Protecting the Planet. This year, the Lowell Thomas Awards celebrate explorers who exhibit excellence and innovation in conservation, with emphasis on emerging techniques and technologies that meaningfully contribute to our knowledge of the world and how we protect it.

First awarded on the occasion of the Club’s 75th anniversary in 1980, this year the 22nd edition will honor the following individuals at the forefront of conservation science:

Announcing The Explorers Club 2016 Youth Activity Fund and Exploration Fund Grants

Deadline for applications is 5:00 PM EST, October 19, 2015

The Explorers Club is proud of its history but also looks toward the future, recognizing the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration. The Club is deeply committed to supporting the fieldwork of serious researchers and, as part of its public service commitment, is currently accepting applications for the following grants:

The Youth Activity Fund Grant supports high school students and college undergraduates. Its goal is to foster a new generation of explorers dedicated to the advancement of the scientific knowledge of our world.

The Exploration Fund Grant is for graduate, post-graduate, doctorate and early career post-doctoral students. It provides grants in support of exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers.

Awards for both grants range from $500 to $5,000. We recommend keeping your budget realistic. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level. The deadline for the applications will be 5:00 PM EST, October 19, 2015. Please check our Student Grants page for guidelines and requirements that must be met in order for a submission to be considered.

The application is now available at Please note, all applications must be submitted through the online system. If you have trouble with registration, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dust and Dancing to Celebrate Indigenous Australia

Guided only by traditional navigation techniques, Club Fellow Dan Lin FN’ 14 and members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society are participating in a five year journey toward a more sustainable future. While aboard the Hawaiian voyaging vessel Hōkūle’a, Lin and the Polynesian Voyaging Society are promoting conservation of both environmental and cultural resources. A recent stop placed them in the North Queensland region of Australia - just in time for the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.

In addition to the stunning performances and landscape, the festival is rooted in ideas of cultural conservation. Many of the dances are believed to be tens of thousands of years old, stemming from traditional practices, spiritual beliefs, or local legends. In his own words, Lin explained, “Our voyage, much like this dance festival, believes in building a better future for the next generation to inherit.”

Click here to learn more about his experience at the festival in a piece he wrote for National Geographic, featuring captivating photography of the dancers in action.

For more updates on their voyage, you can follow Dan and the crew of the Hōkūle’a on twitter.

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