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8th Annual Three Island BBQ - "The Journey Continues" - Wednesday, July 12

The House Committee cordially invites you to enjoy our 8th Annual Three Island BBQ with fellow members and guests. Special guest host Ambassador R. James Woolsey will be attending. This year’s evening theme will feature the food and drinks of Ernest Hemingway’s Cuba, with dancing and music provided by one of New York’s best party DJs, Victor Lesser, a principal of Manhattan City Music. Victor is also a band leader and musician. Very casual island and summer attire is suggested. The most originally dressed festive man and woman in the themes of Hemingway’s Cuba or an Ernest Hemingway look alike will each receive a special door prize.

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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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“What Would the Ocean Say?”

World Oceans Week has been an incredible success so far. As part of the phenomenal programming that has already been released, we are proud to present the short film, “What Would the Ocean Say?” created for the United Nations in celebration of World Ocean Day, on behalf of James Cameron MED ’03 and the Avatar Alliance Foundation. The project features the work of Mark Dalio FR’16, David Gruber FR’14, Sophie Hollingsworth SM’14, and Gaelin Rosenwaks FR’06.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to the Avatar Alliance Foundation itself. Without the foundational contributions of Maria Wilhelm MN’08, Vanessa Fajans-Turner MN’16, and Kim Butts AN’16, it’s safe to say this incredible week would not have been possible.






TBA21-Academy: A Contemporary Exploration at World Oceans Week - June 5 & 6

As part of our first-ever World Oceans Week, leading artists, scientists, explorers, and conservationists will transform The Explorers Club into a place of collaboration, participation, and inspiration through a dynamic cross-disciplinary program exploring the most pressing issues facing our oceans today.

Organized by TBA21–Academy, and unfolding in four thematic sessions on June 5 and 6, “A Contemporary Exploration” reveals how alliances across disciplines and knowledge sharing can generate solutions in conserving and sustainably using the oceans.

Included with the presentations are two experiential sense installations: Sissel Tolaas, the contemporary Norwegian installation artist most widely known for her work with odors, is presenting “Oceanic Scentscape” that allows attendees to experience the “scents” of the oceans; also, Peter Zinovieff, the synthesizer pioneer, will be presenting his “Sound Installation” of Blue Whale recordings.

These sessions are free of charge and open to the public, with no sign-up required.






Apollo F1 engines recovered on Flag Expedition finally fill a place of honor at Museum of Flight

Our 2014 Citation of Merit honorees, The Apollo F-1 Engine Search and Recovery Team, have finally shepherded the engines to their final destination, the Museum of Flight’s “Apollo” exhibit in Seattle, Washington.

For expedition leader and Explorers Club VP of Flag & Honors David Concannon FN ’96, it was a bittersweet moment.

“I was overwhelmed, I still am… It’s a really sad moment. I’m proud of what we and Jeff did, but it’s kinda like sending your son off to college.”

The engines now form a cornerstone of the “Apollo” exhibit in Seattle, while other components from Apollo 11’s F-1 rocket engines will go on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., under an arrangement worked out by NASA, Bezos Expeditions, and the museums.

•   Click here to read more about the ceremony and the exhibit in this piece from GeekWire.com

•   Click here to watch video of Jeff Bezos’ talk to kids about Apollo’s legacy






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