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Exploring Jainism in India, The World's Oldest Religion

Little is known about Jainism outside of its followers, and due to misinformation occurring by the lumping of Jainism in to Buddhism or Hinduism, Jainism is often confused as their cousin. Yet it is a completely singular religion separate from the former two. Explorers Club Fellow Linda Aïnouche landed in Mumbai determined to explore the universe of Jain monks, understanding how they live, and sharing hundreds of their daily rules. Until her arrival, no stranger had heretofore entered their "world". Dr. Aïnouche is an anthropologist researcher and cultural analyst, specializing in misunderstood communities.

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An Evening of Adventures in Inuit Art - Tuesday, January 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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Milbry Polk Wins Sweeney Medal - ECAD 2019

We are proud to announce Milbry Polk FR’95 as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Sweeney Medal. Awarded annually to a Club Member in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to the welfare and objectives of The Explorers Club, she joins the incredible legacy of the eponymous President Edward C. Sweeney (1968).

Milbry C. Polk has served the Club as an elected Member of the Board of Directors since 2016, co-chaired multiple Annual Dinners, served as Reviews and Contributing Editor of The Explorers Journal since 1998, co-chaired multiple committees, and co-organized multiple successful Club events and programs, including our Polar Film Festival and our Young Explorers Grant program. 

New Horizons Reaches “Ultima Thule”

It is with great pride that we join in congratulating our distinguished colleague and Lowell Thomas Award Winner Dr. Alan Stern FN’17, on leading the NASA New Horizons team that directed the spacecraft first to Pluto in 2015, and then on a historic 30,000 miles-an-hour flyby of the tiny world Ultima Thule (lit. “beyond the known world”) on 1 Jan 2019.

This Kuiper Belt object is 4 billion miles beyond the Sun—the farthest flyby exploration of a planetary body in the history of space exploration. Photographs and scientific data are still coming back to Earth, unveiling the mysteries of the ancient planetesimal Ultima Thule for some 20 more months.

The Explorers Club - Fjällräven Field Grant

The Explorers Club and Fjällräven share a common goal of understanding the world we live in by supporting and promoting a sustainable future through exploration and research. Furthermore, Fjällräven’s mission is to enable and inspire more people to spend time in nature by creating products that are of minimal impact to our environment and that will withstand a lifetime of use. 

This common vision has led to the creation of The Explorers Club - Fjällräven Field Grant “We Love Nature” grant which will aid in continued exploration and research that helps us better understand our environment, a changing climate, and how it is intertwined with wildlife and civilizations around the planet.

We are seeking young explorers who are working on sustainability, wildlife, and climate to educate and inspire the next generation of conservationists and explorers. The Explorers Club - Fjällräven Field Grant will award two recipients $5,000 each to aid in sending extraordinary young explorers into the field to conduct critically important research.

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