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Public Lecture Series with Paul Watson - Monday, March 27

ICE GHOSTS: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition - On September 3, a long-lost ship was discovered in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay, 168 years after it made its doomed Northwest Passage attempt. This momentous discovery was the latest astonishing episode in a saga that began with the 1845 expedition of Sir John Franklin and the crew of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Paul Watson is the expert on the entirety of this saga; he was even on the icebreaker leading the mission that discovered the Erebus in 2014 and he broke the news of the discovery of the Terror in September.

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BEST OF THE FEST: The Friday Harbor Film Festival Comes to New York City!

The Value Of Taking A Risk - Join us for a fascinating day of great films and informative discussions. The Friday Harbor Film Festival has selected the “Best of the Fest” from its 2017 Film Festival. All the films to be screened highlight the benefits of taking risks, of stepping out of your comfort zone. Each film will be followed with 15-20 minutes of Q & A, either with the filmmaker or an expert on the subject of the film.

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Public Lecture Series with Jonathan White - Monday, April 3rd

After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a gale on a large tide in Southeast Alaska, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White wanted to learn just exactly how the tide works. For his newest book, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, Jonathan spent ten years searching for the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. In China he confronted the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five foot tidal bore that runs eighty miles upriver; in Chile he studied tide-generated electricity; in Panama and Venice he learned about sea level rise, and in the Arctic he followed an Inuit elder down a small hole through thick winter ice to gather fresh blue mussels in the cavities left by low tide. Combining photographs and stories, Jonathan takes audiences into the deepest workings of the tide around the globe.

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Film Screening - Jungles in Paris - Thursday, April 6

The Explorers Club cordially invites you to an evening of exploratory filmmaking with Jungles in Paris. Join this pioneering multimedia website’s founders — and Explorers Club members — Darrell and Oliver Hartman for a screening of short documentaries about the natural world and traditional cultures. Event will include brief filmmaker discussions and a special presentation of a short documentary collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Public Lecture Series with Stockton Rush - Monday, April 10

Stockton Rush wanted to be the first person to walk on Mars – a dream fostered by NASA’s Apollo program, Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Ten years ago he realized that much of the life yet to be discovered is here on Earth. In fact, only 5% of the ocean has been explored. To open the ocean to a new era of human exploration, Stockton created OceanGate in 2009 and has led many dive expeditions, including to the legendary Andrea Doria, the Yukon Territory, and the discovery of a Grumman F6F Hellcat aircraft that crashed near Miami.

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Public Lecture Series with Alex Shoumatoff - Monday, April 17

Alex Shoumatoff's new book, The Wasting of Borneo, his eleventh, is about the destruction of the world’s most ancient and species-rich rain forest — Borneo’s lowland rain forest — by the palm-oil and logging industries. In 2012 he visited Birute Galdikas and her orangutans in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. This fall, peat fires from rain forest cleared and burned for conversion to oil palm plantations, raged for months and thousands of orangutans died of starvation and smoke inhalation. Few Americans are aware that the greatest destruction of biodiversity on the planet is happening here, and that we are implicated. Half our household products contain palm oil.

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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 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 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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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.

We’re Live: Explore 2017’s Silent & Live Auctions!

Bidding starts now!

Private islands, dinosaur skeletons, western ranches and rare (signed) Transglobe Expedition memorabilia…

2017 Rolex Artist-in-Exploration - Octavio Aburto

Octavio Aburto is a professional photographer and assistant professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA.  His research and photography have focused on marine reserves and commercially exploited marine species in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the United States.

For his 2017 Artist-in-Exploration award, “MANGROVES: THE SKIN OF OUR COASTS,” Octavio will conduct four expeditions to four different mangrove forests located in the Tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Mangrove forests are quickly disappearing. We have lost nearly 50% in the last half-century.  Yet they are economically vital to local populations and in the fight for climate balance, mangrove forests store more carbon per acre than any other tropical forests.

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