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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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Visiting Explorer Program with Manuel José Carpintero Manzanares - February 9, 2018

Manuel José Carpintero Manzanares, teacher and explorer, is the president and founder of the Astronomical and Geographical Society of Ciudad Real (Spain). He will tell us about his epic adventure sailing the most dangerous seas on Earth, captaining the world-first expedition to reach the Antarctic Circle in a small sailboat only 14 meters in length, without previous stops.

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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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Public Lecture Series with Jim Turner - Monday, March 19

The Quest for the Lost Tomb of Chan Bahlum

Investigations at Palenque, Mexico and Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile - The ancient Maya culture of Central America has fascinated scholars and the general public alike for more than 175 years since the pioneering explorations of Catherwood and Stephens in the 1840s. With soaring temple pyramids and exquisite sculpture and hieroglyphic inscriptions, the mysteries of the Maya stimulate the imagination in ways unparalleled by most other pre-Columbian civilizations of the western hemisphere. Since his very first visit to Palenque in southern Mexico in 1995, archeologist Jim Turner has sought to plumb the depths of this enigmatic culture in an attempt to elucidate the sublime sophistication of their constructions and the stunning accuracy of their astronomical knowledge.

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Public Lecture Series with Josh Hammer - Monday, March 26

"The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu,” is about a team of bibliophiles who pulled off one of the great smuggling operations of all time - moving 377,000 medieval Arabic manuscripts to safety from under the noses of Al Qaeda occupiers.

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Public Lecture Series with David Harrison - Monday, June 18

Indigenous peoples around the world are stewards of most of the planet’s biodiversity, and also possess the greatest linguistic and cultural diversity. These three domains—Environment, Language, Culture—are critically interconnected. As entire domains of knowledge about the natural world vanish with disappearing languages, humanity’s ability to sustainably manage diverse ecosystems diminishes. Plant and animal species that are well known to local people but not yet known to science enter a twilight of extinction risk. As a Linguist and Anthropologist, David Harrison spent the last two decades working closely with indigenous communities to help sustain their languages and knowledge.

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Epic Tales from The Explorers Club - Richard Garriott

Produced by Reflector on behalf of The Explorers Club, this Epic Tale tells the story of Club Fellow Richard Garriott and the obstacles he overcame to fulfill his dream and get to space.

“The reason why it’s a life changing event, is by watching over a period of days, this incredibly high-fidelity fire hose of information about how weather, and tectonic plate movement, and erosion by wind, and erosion by water, and the impacts of humanity, and forest fires, and pollution… how all that works, and interrelates with each other…and then, you have this life changing epiphany.

No one will tire of living in space.

It is awesome in the truest sense of the word, in every possible way.”

Club Fellow Discovers WWII Submarine USS S-28

One of the Top 10 Most Mysterious Shipwrecks of All Time —Outside Magazine 2017

On September 20th, 2017, a team lead by Explorers Club Fellow and Citation of Merit laureate Tim Taylor FN’04, carrying Explorers Club Flag #80, discovered the remains of WWII submarine USS S-28, lost in over 2600 meters (8500 feet) of water off the cost of Oahu, Hawaii.

Expedition S-28 was launched in 2017 to search for and document the USS S-28 (SS-133) S-class submarine, lost on July 4, 1944.

The current mapping and filming of the wreck by the discovery team is yielding valuable information that can help determine and possibly solve the cause of the sinking. ​Based on preliminary video and other documentation, the team currently speculates that the sub suffered a hull failure that resulted in the eventual separation of the bow, causing a near instant loss.

The data collected on this expedition is being shared with the US Navy Heritage Command. She is the final resting place of 49 US sailors. It is also important to share this news with the family members of the entombed sailors, and we encourage direct family members to contact the project at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

•   Click here to watch a video on the discovery

•   Click here to read the official Press Release via

Call to Nominations for the Board of Directors

Are you ready to help lead The Explorers Club?

Dear Explorers Club Members:

It’s that time of year again - nominations for five positions on The Explorers Club Board of Directors are now open.

The accomplishments that made 2017 such a great year, didn’t just happen, they were the result of the work of our dedicated fellow members, along with the guidance of our Officers and Board of Directors.  As 2018 approaches, we hope to have an even better year, and as an Explorers Club member, you can take a more active role in helping the Club reach our goals and objectives by running for a position as a member of The Explorers Club Board of Directors, if . . .

1.   You have been active at any level of The Explorers Club – either through our chapters, committees or special events
2.   You truly believe in our mission as the World Center of Exploration
3.   Have had experience within or outside of The Explorers Club in fundraising, corporate partner building skills, organizational leadership, development, or outreach

If you possess the attributes I mention above, I encourage you to run for one of the five open seats on the Board of Directors. This is your chance to make a difference in our extraordinary Club and help us plan our future. If you would like to be considered, or know of someone that you would like to nominate for the office of Explorers Club Board Member, please click below for instructions on how to apply. If you have other questions, I ask that you contact our Nominations Chair, Mark Fowler at at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 16 at 6:00 pm EST!

There is now an opportunity, and in fact a need, for five excellent men or women to become Board Members of the Class of 2021. I encourage you to run!

Click Here for how to apply.

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