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Public Lecture Series with Susan Morrow, Jed Buchwald, and Diane Josefowicz - Monday, October 3rd

The Explorers Club is proud to present an evening with three lecturers on the edge of Egyptology. Susan Brind Morrow, Jed Buchwald, and Diane Josefowicz will each present a unique perspective on ancient Egypt, with interpretations of classic hieroglyphs and engravings that will overthrow classical notions of the ancient Egyptians and their skill at reading the night sky.

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Club Closed - Columbus Day - Monday, October 10th, 2016

The Explorers Club is closed today - Monday, October 10th - in honor of Columbus Day. We will resume regular operating hours at 9:00 am Tuesday morning. There is no public lecture this week.

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Public Lecture Series with Don Young - Monday, October 17th

Don Young will tell the story of a vanishing ritual — virtually unknown to the rest of the world — that could hold the key to saving elephants and other wildlife in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Africa. For many years, Young and his friend Senior Warden William Kimosop have studied remarkable individuals who are envoys between people and elephants. Singing ancient songs, they welcome the elephant herds, asking them not to destroy their fields, and to bless their children to be "as good as the elephant." Don and William believe this ancient ritual can be a foundation to save wilderness and wildlife in the spectacularly beautiful Kerio Valley.

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Carlton Ward Jr. Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award Reception and Film Screening - Wednesday, October 19

The Explorers Club is proud to present an evening with conservation photographer Carlton Ward Jr, the 2015 Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award recipient, and his “Florida Wild” photography collection, captured with the help of Rolex’s generous support. The collection includes content from his 2015 Explorers Club Flag Expedition through the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

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Presidential Dinner with Ian Baker - October 27, 2016

Ian Baker is an anthropologist, Tibetan scholar, and curator who has written seven books on Himalayan cultural history, environment, art, and medicine including The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place, The Dalai Lamas Secret Temple: Tantric Wall Paintings from Tibet, The Tibetan Art of Healing, Buddhas of the Celestial Gallery, Tibetan Yoga: Secrets from the Source, and the forthcoming Secret River: Journeys in the Hidden Land of Pemako.

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Public Lecture Series with Mark Evans - Monday, October 31st

Mark Evans will tell the tale of the recreation of the first ever crossing of the largest sand desert on earth — the Empty Quarter of Arabia. The journey of 1,300 km reached Doha in Qatar on January 27th 2016, after 49 days on foot and by camel through Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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Public Lecture Series with Wade and Robyn Hughes - Monday, November 7th

A Curious Secret: The wild whales of the mid-Atlantic ridge - Wade and Robyn Hughes have mounted nine expeditions to the Azores, including two Explorers Club Flag expeditions, in order to photograph the underwater behavior of enigmatic sperm whales and other species of cetaceans that populate the abyssal depths of the mid-Atlantic Ridge.

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Public Lecture Series with Tom Fremantle - Monday, November 14th

Mr. Fremantle will discuss his 1000-mile walk along the US-Mexico border - it zigzagged between the two countries - with a street dog called Pancho. The talk will focus on the challenges and dangers faced when covering an average 25 miles a day, but also the immense goodwill shown on both sides of the border. He will touch on some other writers who have travelled with animals, including John Steinbeck and his French poodle, Charley; Dervla Murphy and her mule, Jock; and Robert Louis Stevenson and his poor, much-thrashed donkey, Modestine.

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Public Lecture Series with Nate Dominy - Monday, November 21st

Cooperation and individuality among man-eating lions - Nate Dominy will explore the geopolitical, social, and ecological conditions of East Africa during the 1890s, and how a combination of these factors led to the serial predation of humans by two male lions in 1898. The man-eaters of Tsavo have since attained a level of notoriety that is virtually unsurpassed in the annals of human-animal interactions. The idiosyncrasies of these lions behavior invite study, and Dominy will describe the results of collaborative research based on a stable isotope analysis of the Tsavo man-eaters and their prey.

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Public Lecture Series with Audun Amundsen - November 28th, 2016

UTOPIAN FRUITS OF THE JUNGLE - After staying three years with a traditional culture deep in the jungle of Indonesia, Audun Amundsen learns their unwritten language and get unique insight into the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the natives. Through film he has documented the clashes between a culture in demise and the outside world since 2004.

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Public Lecture Series with Michael Fishbach - Monday, December 5th

The Last Giants features stunning visuals, both stills and video, illustrating the majesty and beauty of the world’s giants — the great whales. Some acoustical recordings will be used as well as charts and maps as the viewer will be taken on a journey of discovery into the lives of the Blue and other great whales.

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Public Lecture Series with Ralph Naranjo - Monday, December 12th

Exploration Under Sail - Expeditionary voyaging in small craft still holds great promise, and Ralph Naranjo, author of The Art of Seamanship, raises compelling reasons to follow in the wake of Cook, Wilkes and Darwin. But he also alludes to the three big challenges inherent in small craft voyaging—a need to balance crew skill, enhance the seaworthiness of your vessel and understand the constraints posed by the sea.

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MC Announced for Lowell Thomas Dinner!

Nina Burleigh FR ‘08!

Award winning journalist and lecturer, Nina Burleigh is known for her pithy, take-no-prisoners investigative writing and reporting style.  She can often be found, out along the ragged edge, gathering hard facts or exploring some nether region.  Nina joins a hallowed tradition at the Club, which has long celebrated journalists and news correspondents in its midst and as MCs of its gatherings; the intrepid Lowell Thomas being amongst the very first! 

Please join us for this wonderful dinner, honoring four giants of conservation, made even better by Nina Burleigh’s intelligent and entertaining hosting of the evening’s events. Tickets are selling fast, and PLEASE NOTE: the specially negotiated hotel rates EXPIRE AT MIDNIGHT SEPTEMBER 14 so don’t procrastinate.  If you miss that deadline, however, fret not! Check the Lowell Thomas event page for a list of several great lodging options.

Details about Ms. Burleigh’s accomplishments can be found below.

See you soon!

Photographer Jamie Unwin receives the 2016 Scott Pearlman Field Award for Project Kenya

Jamie Unwin, a 21 year-old student at the University of Exeter, will be filming an expedition led by fellow co-founder and student, Hannah Pollock, across Kenya to discover why some local communities embrace, conserve, and take ownership of Kenya’s wildlife and other communities don’t. How are these people different? Why, in the midst of much poverty, hunger, and civil unrest, have they decided to selflessly conserve wildlife, and how can their actions be replicated across Kenya and throughout Africa? The second phase of Project Kenya, in 2017, will communicate their conclusions in a film that will be shown at wildlife-human conflict hotspots in Kenya using a bicycle powered cinema designed and constructed by Jamie. For more informations about Jamie, go to

Exploration and field research requires a high level of dedication and enormous commitment of personal time and financial resources. The 2016 Scott Pearlman Field Award Committee and The Explorers Club are proud to support “Project Kenya” with a grant of $10,000. Jamie has applied for student membership of The Explorers Club’s British Chapter.

Be sure to follow the expedition—

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Club Fellow finds 2nd-oldest confirmed shipwreck in Great Lakes

Club Fellow Jim Kennard, along with fellow explorers Roger Pawlowski and Roland “Chip” Stevens, have announced the discovery of a rare 18th century sloop discovered in Lake Ontario. Jim’s team discovered the shipwreck this summer in water off Oswego, New York. Images captured by the team’s ROV has confirmed the vessel is the Washington, sank during a storm in 1803. As reported by Kennard on his website, “The sloop was enroute from Kingston, Ontario to Niagara, Ontario, Canada with a full cargo when it foundered during a gale on Lake Ontario in 1803.  The Washington is believed to be the oldest confirmed commercial sailing ship to exist in the Great Lakes.  It was the first sloop built on Lake Erie and the first to sail in both Lakes Erie and Ontario.”

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