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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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Adventure Canada presents: March Hare NYC - Wednesday, February 28

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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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Special Event with Jim and Jamie Dutcher - The Wisdom of Wolves - Tuesday, March 6

After six years of living in the Idaho wilderness with a pack of gray wolves—three adopted litters that bonded and gave birth to a fourth generation—Emmy Award winning filmmakers and National Geographic photographers and authors, Jim and Jamie Dutcher found their lives forever changed. Their heartwarming stories reveal intimate moments and fascinating behaviors affirming the sophisticated social world of this animal, much maligned in history and villainized in the present day. Meet the pack’s alpha and omega, share the delight of newborn pups and learn from the Dutcher’s how living with this magnificent group of teachers shaped their sense of what really matters. Join the Dutcher's for their multi-media presentation, The Wisdom of Wolves.

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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 Leon McCarron - Monday, April 23

The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles On Foot through the Heart of the Middle East - For much of the last decade, Leon McCarron has been travelling slowly to look for unheard stories in misunderstood parts of the world. After crossing the Empty Quarter desert on foot in 2013, and traversing Iran’s longest river by a variety of human-powered methods the following year, Leon developed a keen interest in the Middle East and in searching for alternative narratives from a region so often deemed to be dangerous. In December 2015, Leon set off from Jerusalem to walk 1000 miles through the heart of the Middle East. He would travel through the area that is perhaps most familiar to audiences in the West – the Holy Land.

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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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CLUB CLOSED - Wednesday, Feb. 21

Club Members,

We have booked Club Headquarters for a film shoot, which will run the entire day tomorrow, February 21.

As such, the entire building will be closed and there will be a live set both on the exterior of the building, and throughout the Clubhouse. There will be no access to Headquarters for Members or guests all day, and the front desk phone (extension 10) will be down all day.

You will be able to call other staff extensions directly, or contact staff by email. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will reopen under our regular operating hours on Thursday, February 22 at 9:00 am.

Richard Wiese Elected 44th President of The Explorers Club

Dear Fellow Explorers,

It is my pleasure to share with you that our Board of Directors elected Richard Wiese the 44th President of The Explorers Club on Sunday, January 28th.

Although Richard will not officially assume the Presidency until immediately after The Explorers Club Annual Meeting on March 11th, our revised bylaws now call for election of the President at the January Board meeting to create continuity of leadership and provide time for a seamless transition of the responsibilities overseeing Club operations and administration.

As many of you know, Richard has a long and distinguished history with our organization.  He has served in many capacities over the years, including as President from 2002 to 2006, and has a deep knowledge and appreciation for our institution. Under Richard’s administration, the Club began our “Classic Series Books” which included the well-known and successful “As Told at The Explorers Club,” edited by George Plimpton.

An accomplished explorer, Richard is both executive producer and host of the award-winning and highly popular weekly PBS television series, “Born to Explore.” His outstanding professional achievements have earned him numerous awards, including two Emmys.

I’ve known Richard for a long time and there is no doubt he will bring energy, passion and skill to the role of President. I look forward to working together with him over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth and productive transition. To those of you who have not yet met Richard, we hope you will take the opportunity to do so at our upcoming ECAD weekend in March.

Please join me in congratulating Richard as we welcome him as the next President of The Explorers Club.

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.”

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