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Don Hartzell’s Daughter’s Wedding Second Floor

Tristan & Sadie’s Wedding

Don Hartzell’s Daughter’s Wedding Second Floor

Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation - 2nd floor

Hold - Bonnie Wyper Event - 2nd Fl

Hold - Bonnie Wyper Event - 2nd Fl, per Will request 8/5/16

SATURDAY SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS

Per John Tanacredi

Date: 05-06-2017

Hold - Bonnie Wyper Event - 2nd Fl

Hold - Bonnie Wyper Event - 2nd Fl

Hold - Bonnie Wyper Event - 2nd Fl, per Will request on 8/5/16

Duncan Burke Tea_The Gallery

Empowers Africa

SATURDAY SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS

Per John Tanacredi

Date: 04-15-2017

Tour - Linda Edelman

10AM & 2PM
50 people in both sessions
See Lacey

Hold - Concert

Hold - Concert, per Will request

The 113th Explorers Club Annual Dinner on Ellis Island


3 . 25 . 17

The Explorers Club is proud to play host to world's largest gathering of explorers, with this the 113th edition of our historic Explorers Club Annual Dinner. Honoring the world’s leading explorers and field scientists since 1904, more than 1,200 explorers and guests will gather at New York's Ellis Island on March 25th, 2017.

This year, the focus is on COLD PLACES—environments that fundamentally shape our inner spirit, outer limits, and enable human stories that drive us all. We connect our guests to their passions through risk takers, innovators, and the visionaries of our time—those who persevere and persist through the unthinkable. We share the stories that make people feel something—tales that shape our perception of what’s possible.

Ticket prices, lodging information, and additional announcements coming soon!

Photo courtesy of Martin Hartley

Hold - Potential ECAD Edelman Event

Hold - Potential ECAD Edelman Event

Hold - Potential ECAD Edelman Event

T-Hold - Trophy Room - Ira Haupt - Archaeological Institute Event

SATURDAY SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS

Per John Tanacredi

Date: 03-11-17

Hold - Concannon Event - Camp Mowglis Reunion

Syracuse University

NY Wild Film Festival

NY Wild Film Festival

NY Wild Film Festival

NY Wild Film Festival

JCC Tour

10:30 AM
20-30 people
See Lacey.

SATURDAY SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS

Per John Tanacredi

Date: 02-18-2017

Hold - Milnes event

Hold - Milnes event

Hold - Milnes event

Hold - Milnes event

Hold - Milnes Event

Hold - Milnes event

Hold - Milnes event

Hold - Milnes event

Hold - Milnes event

Syracuse University

Public Lecture Series with Scott Solomon

Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution

What is the future of human evolution? Once considered the exclusive domain of science fiction, recent scientific advances now make it possible to combine knowledge of our past with recent trends to make meaningful predictions about our evolutionary future. Evolutionary biologist Scott Solomon draws on the explosion of discoveries in recent years to examine the future evolution of our species.

How is modernization—including longer lifespans, changing diets, global travel, and widespread use of medicine and contraceptives—affecting our ongoing evolution? Dr. Solomon makes surprising insights, on topics ranging from the rise of online dating and Cesarean sections to the spread of diseases such as Ebola and Zika, to suggest that we are entering a new phase in human evolutionary history—one that makes the future less predictable and more interesting than ever before.

The ultimate fate of our species may depend on whether we are successful at establishing permanent colonies on Mars or other planets. Yet, while helping increase our chances of long-term survival, becoming a multi-planetary species makes it more likely that a new species of human could evolve, better adapted to life outside of Earth.

Scott Solomon is an evolutionary biologist, science writer, and university professor. He earned a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, and behavior from the University of Texas at Austin where his dissertation research examined the evolutionary basis of biological diversity in the Amazon Basin. He has worked as a visiting researcher with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and São Paulo, Brazil and has conducted fieldwork around the world, including much of Central and South America, Cocos Island (Costa Rica), and Fiji. He has authored more than two dozen scientific and popular articles on topics ranging from how fossils are used to study human ancestors to the evolution of agriculture in ants and slime molds. He is the author of Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution (Yale University Press, 2016). He currently teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication at Rice University where he is a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Teaching Excellence, a Faculty Fellow and Resident Associate at Baker College, and part of the Baker Institute's Civic Scientist Outreach Program. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Click here to learn more about Future Humans

Date: January 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid academic ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To secure a reservation, you may also call us at 212.628.8383 x.10 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

NY Wild Film Festival

NY Wild Film Festival

NY Wild Film Festival

NY Wild Film Festival

NY Wild Film Festival

Hold - Concert

Hold - Concert, per Will request

Hold - Clark Room for a Henson Dinner

Christopher Heintz Second Floor

Scott Mitchell Presentation_Second Floor

Hold - University Club Group Tour w/ Lacey - 4pm

Public Lecture Series with Ralph Naranjo

Exploration Under Sail


This lecture focuses on vessels, voyagers and the very essence of seaworthy small craft. The program opens with a look at two expeditionary cultures, the Vikings and the canoe builders of Polynesia. Each devised sailing craft that answered the challenge of local sea conditions and climate.

From the Fjords of Norway, attention turns to tropical trade wind voyaging. Ralph Naranjo will recount the challenges and rewards involved in mounting his own five year cruise around the world—a family voyage with a well-focused interest in boat building tradition and the natural history aspects of remote landfalls. He will delve into the challenges involved in matching the seaworthiness of small craft with the skills of the crew. “Exploring Under Sail” is a visual experience that depicts the outposts of Oceania—and as action fills the screen, the author reveals “how and why” setting sail remains a viable approach to exploration.

Ralph Naranjo, a member of the Washington DC chapter, has been an authoritative voice in the marine community for more than 30 years. He continues his sailor advocacy as the technical editor of Practical Sailor and is a regular contributor to Cruising World magazine. His new book The Art of Seamanship, published by McGraw Hill, covers key aspects of offshore voyaging. During Naranjo’s 10 years as the Vanderstar Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy he helped guide safety and seamanship training and played a key role in the development of the navy's new 44-foot sail-training sloops. His sailing background includes a five-year family voyage around the world, which was documented in his first book Wind Shadow West.

Date: Monday, December 12th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To secure a reservation, you may also call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hold - Young Explorers Program

Carl Birthday

See Lacey
Second Floor

SATURDAY SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS

Per John Tanacredi

Date: 12-10-2016

Holiday Party

Ted/Turtles

Possible Turtle Event - Ted

Public Lecture Series with Michael Fishbach

The Last Giants

The Magnificent and Endangered Blue Whales

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.

24 years of fieldwork in some of the world’s finest regions to encounter these animals will offer up exciting firsthand stories to go with the visuals. The audience will learn how whales positively affect the global economy and how in the course of their lives they help both enrich the world’s oxygen supply and assist in the fight against global climate change.

In 2011, Fishbach and a small group of boat mates saved the life of a young Humpback whale which was imprisoned in a large fishing net. Highlights of this rescue will be shown and discussed. He also appeared on television around the globe, discussing this life changing event which has now been viewed as the film “Saving Valentina” over 40 million times on You Tube!

Mr. Fishbach’s presentation leads the viewer to the inevitable conclusion that having masses of large whales swimming in the world’s oceans is not only a moral imperative, but a physical necessity.

Former professional tennis player Michael Fishbach, a native New Yorker, has spent the last 24 years of his life studying, learning from and working to protect the world’s great whales. He currently works the large whale field season in the Gulf of California and has done so for the past 20 years consecutively. He also is the Executive Director of the Great Whale Conservancy, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping the plight of the world’s great whales with a special emphasis on the endangered Blue whale.

Date: Monday, December 5th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To secure a reservation, you may also call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hold - Sea Gypsies Event - Renata Rojas

Hold - Faanya Tribute Dinner Event

Public Lecture Series with Audun Amundsen

Utopian Fruits of the Jungle


Audun Amundsen started out as a birdwatcher in his childhood, continued to research bird migration and population through bird-ringing and became at one point one of the youngest persons in Norway having seen most bird species in the country.

His endeavors led him to the art of bird identification drawing, which further expanded into photography and filmmaking.

In 2004, after two years of traveling around Asia with his Hasselblad-camera, Audun came across a traditional culture living in a neolithic past on the island of Siberut, west of Sumatra in Indonesia. At the time he ended up living there for over one month, but this immersive experience led him to an all-encompassing project; the documentary The Jungle.

From 2009 after recovering from a stroke and a heart operation, he left Norway again, and this time he stayed with the jungle people for three years. In The Jungle he documents the clashes between their traditional lifestyle and the outside world. Having learned their unwritten language he had the privilege to get unique insight into their hopes, dreams and aspirations. The film has been funded by the Norwegian Art Council, Midnordic Filmcenter and The Norwegian Filminstitute, and has an estimated premiere in the start of 2018. Audun has produced over 300 hours of spontaneous footage from a culture in demise.

In this lecture you will see exclusive clips from the coming film. The life and mindset of the indigenous people will be demystified and we will look at an intricate economical system having existed for millenias. Can we learn something from these traditional cultures, and do we have something to give them?

At the time of writing, multinational plantation companies are again threatening their land. In July-August 2016 Audun sets out to do his last shooting period for his film. He is now trying to initiate a project to save the rainforest and provide solar electricity for the people. For the lecture he will bring back fresh information directly from the field. Until then you can follow the project at sunpowcharity.org.

Date: November 28th, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To secure a reservation, you may also call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Public Lecture Series with Nate Dominy

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. Their remains are displayed prominently in a popular diorama at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, and they are the subjects of three Hollywood films as well as numerous books and articles. The fearful reality of cooperative, systematic man-eating has evidently left a lasting impression on our collective psyche. Yet many unanswered questions remain. Why did the two lions pursue human prey? And why did first-hand accounts describe differential prey selection? These idiosyncrasies of lion behavior invite study, and here Dominy will describe the results of collaborative research based on a stable isotope analysis of the Tsavo man-eaters and their prey.

Nathaniel Dominy FN'10 is a Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College. His field research is focused on the evolution and dietary ecology of humans and nonhuman primates, with a particular emphasis on living populations in East Africa and Southeast Asia. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Geographic Society, the Leakey Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. As a result of this funding, he has published over 100 articles in books or journals since receiving his PhD in 2001, including papers in Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

Professor Dominy has been honored by faculties at the University of Hong Kong (the Dr. K. P. Stephen Chang Gold Medal in 2001 and the Li Ka-Shing Prize in 2002) and Dartmouth College (the Karen E. Wetterhahn Award in 2012, the Friedman Family Fellowship in 2012, the John M. Manley Huntington Award in 2015, and the C. Troy Shaver 1969 Fellowship in 2015). In addition to the Explorers Club, he is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Royal Geographic Society, and the Linnean Society of London. Other distinctions are hyperbolic but generous, including profiles as a ‘Brilliant Ten’ scientist under the age of 40 (in 2009 by Popular Science magazine) and as one of '100 Most Influential People in the Upcoming Decade' (in 2011 by Channel Young, a Shanghai-based media group).

Date: Monday, November 21st

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To secure a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hold - Young Explorers Program

SATURDAY SCIENCE FOR STUDENTS

Per John Tanacredi

Date: 11-19-2016

Tour for ART Metro

2pm
See Lacey

Black Rock Day Meeting_ Second Floor

Carl Safina Dinner Second Floor

Larry Huntington Trophy Room

Hold - Kirkpatrick book

Will request on 8/23

Jen Clancy

Public Lecture Series with Tom Fremantle

FOLLOW THE FRONTIER

A 1000 mile walk along the USA-Mexico Border

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.

The lecture will also include his experiences living on the US-Mexico border, especially Ciudad Juárez, where he worked for a spell as an English teacher and a volunteer at a refuge for the homeless and the drug-addicted on the fringes of the Chihuahua Desert.

In 2010, the year he arrived in Juárez, the city suffered over 3,000 gangland killings and was described as - controversially - ‘the world’s most dangerous place.’ During his time in Juárez he met, and will describe many extraordinary and inspiring people, prepared to take a stand against all the violence and corruption, including ex-gang leaders and a drug smuggler in Los Angeles, who now devote all their time to helping the most vulnerable in Juárez, many of them ex-gang members.

Date: Monday, November 14th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To secure a reservation, you may also call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hold - Sea Stories 2016

Sea Stories 2016

Sea Stories is a day focused on exploration, conservation, scuba diving, shipwrecks, nautical history and marine life. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the ocean to interact. Speakers and their topics will be posted later. Tickets will be available for purchase then, and will NOT be sold at door.

9:00 AM Registration – coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Arizona State University Second Floor

Black Rock Day Meeting_ Second Floor

Hold - Concert

Hold - Concert, Will request

Kathi Lynn Austin at The Explorers Club

Lecture and film on the second floor. Per Andrew, Will, Brian Gaisford and Mark Fowler. 6-9pm.

Black Rock Day Meeting_ Second Floor

Public Lecture Series with Wade and Robyn Hughes

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.

The title ‘A Curious Secret’ derives from a comment made by the first serious scientific observer of sperm whales, Thomas Beale, in 1839. Beale also expressed “a matter of astonishment” that humans know so little about them. Drawing on the work of a large body of dedicated scientists as well as their own photographic work, Wade and Robyn Hughes will aim to lessen that gap in our knowledge.

Internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and author, Richard Ellis, has described the Hughes’ images as “some of the best sperm whale photography I’ve ever seen,” while pre-eminent researcher and author, Dr. Hal Whitehead, has commented that “a few sperm whale enthusiasts are giving us extraordinary new views of this most magnificent animal. Wade Hughes’ images are amongst the finest.”

Date: Monday, November 7th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To secure a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hold - Milnes Event

Hold - Milnes Event, per Will request

Polar Film Festival 2016

The time has come to start the search for this year's films, falling under the following categories of polar interest:

• Conservation
• Adventure
• Environment
• Human interest
• Expeditions

We are accepting feature length to short films.

The due date for submissions is August 31st, 2016.

Please mail DVD entries to:
The Explorers Club
c/o Stefan Kindberg
46 East 70th Street,
New York, NY, 10021

For digital entries, upload to Vimeo. Enable "add to" feature and email:
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hold - Polar Film Festival

Polar Film Festival 2016

The time has come to start the search for this year's films, falling under the following categories of polar interest:

• Conservation
• Adventure
• Environment
• Human interest
• Expeditions

We are accepting feature length to short films.

The due date for submissions is August 31st, 2016.

Please mail DVD entries to:
The Explorers Club
c/o Stefan Kindberg
46 East 70th Street,
New York, NY, 10021

For digital entries, upload to Vimeo. Enable "add to" feature and email:
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hold - Polar Film Festival

Richard Bangs Event

Josh Bernstein

Public Lecture Series with Mark Evans

Crossing the Abode of Death

Following Flag 160 on a 49 day, 1,300 km journey on foot and by camel across the biggest sand desert on earth

This is 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.

Until 2016, all requests to repeat the historic first crossing &mash; which took place in 1930/31 — had been denied by the Saudi Arabian government. Thanks to high level patronage, Explorers Club Fellow Mark Evans was able to secure the support of King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and by Royal Command was allowed to enter and cross Saudi Arabia at a remote border crossing, and so complete the first ever crossing of the largest sand desert on earth since the original expedition 85 years prior.

The original expedition, undertaken by British Explorer Bertram Thomas — who addressed the Explorers Club in February 1932 before being made an Honorary Member — described the central part of the Empty Quarter as an ‘Abode of Death’. In 2016, no rain had fallen for seven years, but thankfully the ancient wells remained full.

The 2016 expedition set off from Salalah in southern Oman on the same date, December 10th, as the original journey in 1931. Travelling on foot and by camel, the team spent 49 nights sleeping out under the desert stars, with no tents or shelter. Initially travelling through frankincense covered hills, after two weeks the journey reached the southern edge of the sands, where they met their camels, before entering the abode of death. The team survived sandstorms, rain and temperatures that dropped to zero degrees as they followed the wells used by Thomas and the 1931 expedition, chronicling a rapidly changing landscape and people as they went. Scientific research was undertaken for the archaeological Green Arabia project, and research was also undertaken into Extreme Environment Psychology.

Using satellite communication technology, the expedition used social media and traditional websites and blogs to communicate key values, and reconnect young people in Arabia to their rich culture and heritage. In doing so, an audience of more than 170 million people from 180 nations followed their progress across the sands.

Mark Evans is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London, and an International Fellow of The Explorers Club. 55 years old, Evans is the Executive Director of Outward Bound Oman, the only Outward Bound School in the Arab world. He has a passion for historical exploration; recent expeditions have seen him leading a two man crossing the Greenland Ice-Cap on the trail of Nansen, being surrounded by Arctic Wolves on the uninhabited Melville Island in the NWT of Canada, on the trail of the first ever overland journey in the Arctic by the British Navy in 1827, an spending a year, including 4 months of total darkness living in small tents on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, home to the largest population of Polar Bears. For the past 20 years Evans has lived in the Middle East, where he has explored and travelled extensively in Saudi Arabia, on in Oman, where he recently completed a 55 day solo kayak journey along the coast from Musandam, near Iran, to the border with Yemen.

Date: Monday, October 31st

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Click here to purchase tickets online

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To secure a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Space Stories 2016

Out Of This World!

Come to Space Stories, a special all-day event at The Explorers Club, on Saturday, Oct. 29. All things space will be featured including:

8 - 9 a.m. Breakfast

9 - 10 a.m. Shuttle astronaut and Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo pilot CJ Sturckow lecturing about suborbital flight

10 - 11 a.m.
Virgin Galactic ticket-holder Jim Clash interviewed by Olympian Sasha Cohen

11 a.m - 12 p.m. Shuttle astronaut Leroy Chiao discussing his numerous flights to ISS

12 - 1 p.m. Lunch

1 - 3 p.m. Screening a new movie about NASA called "Mission Control"

3 - 4 p.m. Richard Garriott presenting on his Soyuz flight to ISS

4 - 5 p.m. Jan Harzan, Executive Director of Mufon, discusses UFOs

5 - 6 p.m Applied Physics Lab's Alice Bowman on the New Horizons Pluto mission.

Some surprise aero guests will be on hand as well. It's going to be out of this world!

Price: $50, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Reservation Notes:

Click here to purchase tickets online

For reservations, you can also email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call us at 212-628-8383.

• If a reservation is canceled after October 21st, there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
• There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

Christina Henson

T-Hold - YPO Clara Bowe Event

Presidential Dinner with Ian Baker

The Geography of Paradise

Hidden Lands in Himalayan Myth and History

‘Hidden-Lands’, or beyul in Tibetan, refer to remote regions of the Himalayas designated as places of spiritual accomplishment and cultural renewal. This ancient textual and oral tradition entered Western imagination as the legend of Shangri-La, but the coordinates of these elusive sanctuaries have directed Himalayan Buddhists on the path of enlightenment for more than a millennium and they continue to actively inform environmental policy in India, Bhutan, and Nepal.

In this illustrated talk with video clips and photographs, author and anthropologist Ian Baker will share perspectives on the role of hidden-lands in both Eastern and Western imagination with a focus on Beyul Pemako, the ‘Hidden-Land Arrayed like Lotuses’, in the Tsangpo Gorge region of southern Tibet. Apart from its importance to Tibetan Buddhists as an envisioned paradise, this biologically and geologically dynamic region at the eastern edge of the Himalayan range was the focus of Royal Geographical Society efforts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to locate the fabled ‘Falls of the Tsangpo’.

The reality, and nature, of this waterfall remained an unresolved geographical riddle until 1998 when Ian Baker reached the base of the falls in the depths of the Tsangpo Gorge – an area that had been, until then, a blank spot on the map of world exploration. Ian’s series of expeditions exploring the myth and reality of Tibet’s 'hidden-lands', and their significance today, are chronicled in his book The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place (Penguin Press, 2003), copies of which will be available at this talk. Ian will also speak about his current work in Beyul Pemako, adapting indigenous cultural practices and environmental narratives into locally sustainable ecological policies.



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.

He has also written and photographed for National Geographic Magazine who named him in 2000 as one of seven ‘Explorers for the Millennium’ for his ground-breaking field research in the Tsangpo gorges and discovery of a waterfall that had been "the source of mystery and geographical speculation for more than a century”. In 2015 – 2016, Ian served as lead curator for the London Wellcome Trust’s exhibition entitled ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple: Body, Mind and Meditation in Tantric Buddhism’. He is an advisory board member of the International Association of Bhutan Studies and works internationally in support of cultural and environmental preservation.

Date: October 27, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Dinner, 8:00 pm Presentation

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $70

Guest Ticket Price: $80

Reservation Notes:

Reservations must be procured in advance for a catered dinner, and payment must accompany reservation. There will be no cancellations allowed after Friday, October 21st, 2016. Non-members may attend as nominal guests of Daryl Hawk MR’98.

To secure a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hold - Clark Room for Wings Forum

Hold - Clark Room for Wings Forum, Will email request on 1/25

Hold - Potential Event - Clark Art Foundation - Clark Room Evening

Hold - Elena Clark Foundation Event - Trophy Room

Date: October 25th

Hold - Sven Lindblad shoot for Jeopardy! - daytime

Sailing Stories 2016

Continuing the tradition of our 'Stories' event series, Sailing Stories is day focused on sailing-based exploration and conservation.

9:00 AM Registration – coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion

Speakers to include:

Laurence Bergreen FR ’03 – “Over the Edge of the World: How Magellan (Almost) Did It."

Explorer and author of Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, Mr. Bergreen will discuss Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan’s obsessive 16th-century quest and the first circumnavigation of the Earth. This novel is a New York Times “Notable Book” and is now in its 31st printing.

Mr. Bergreen is an award-winning biographer, historian, and chronicler of exploration. His books have been translated into 25 languages worldwide.

Mr. Bergreen has written for many national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Details, Prologue, The Chicago Tribune, and Military History Quarterly. He taught at the New School for Social Research and served as Assistant to the President of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. He served as a Featured Historian for the History Channel.

Dr. Marcus Eriksen – “Exploring the Distribution of Microplastics in the Surface Waters of the Arctic Near Greenland and the Northwest Passage.”

Dr. Eriksen is the Director of Research and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He recently returned from a two week expedition researching how plastics permeated the global ocean as well as the ecological and social impact of waste to understand the ultimate fate of ocean waste affecting everyone and the entire biosphere.

His research has taken him 50,000 miles sailing the globe, including a couple of homemade rafting voyages down the Mississippi and across the North Pacific Dr. Eriksen’s work on microplastics, including finding microbeads in the Great Lakes and providing estimates of microplastic loads in our oceans conveys the ubiquity of degraded plastic.

Daniel Forster – “From a Swiss Lake to the High Seas - A Year in the Life of a Yachting Photographer.”

Swiss born photographer Daniel Forster started his photography career at the Olympic Games after an apprenticeship in a photography studio in Berne, Switzerland.

He photographed 12 America's Cups and 12 Olympic Games. He is a correspondent for Yachting magazine in the U.S., Australia, Germany and his photograph of Dennis Conner winning the America’s Cup in Perth, Australia appeared on TIME’s cover.

Mr. Forster observes and captures yachts in their element, showing the crew-work and displaying the water flow in all its diverse forms like rain, fog and ice in sailing missions ranging from the Volvo Ocean Race to New York Yacht Club events.

Maxi yacht owners like Bill Koch - Matador, Larry Ellison – Sayonara, and Jim Dolan - Sagamore, have commissioned Mr. Forster to document in book format their yacht's participation at major sailing events.

John Kretschmer – “Force 10 - Storm Sailing Strategies.”

Mr. Kretschmer examines different techniques for handling severe weather in sailboats including his three voyages in Force 10 storms. In addition to the physical and meteorological aspects of storm management, his experiences emphasize the need to stay mentally engaged in the moment.

Mr. Kretschmer logged more than 325,000 offshore sailing miles, made 21 Atlantic crossings, sailed from New York to San Francisco around Cape Horn against the wind in a 32 foot sloop and crossed the Pacific from Panama to Japan.

Mr. Kretschmer is the author of: Sailing a Serious Ocean, At the Mercy of the Sea, Flirting with Mermaids and Cape Horn to Starboard. He won two Boating Writing International awards.

Mr. Kretschmer was a travel/boating columnist for the Miami Herald for 10 years and has been a contributing editor for Sailing Magazine for 26 years. He published hundreds of articles in magazines including cover stories in Islands, Sky (Delta’s inflight), European Travel, Life, and the LA Times magazine. His sail-training business on his beloved Quetzal provides the opportunity for sailors to cast off, sailing beyond their limited views of themselves and their capacities.

Dr. Sanford Low – “Sailing Polynesian Starpaths - Ancient Pacific Voyaging and Navigation.”


Writer, anthropologist and filmmaker Dr. Low sailed aboard Hokule’a - a replica of an ancient vessel used by Polynesians to explore one-third of earth’s surface. He will reveal how ancient canoe navigators found their way by natural signs – the flight of birds, the winds, waves and stars – to navigate vast ocean distances without instruments or charts and settled the islands of Polynesia long before the arrival of the first Europeans.

Dr. Low served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific and earned a Ph.D. degree from Harvard (in anthropology).

Dr. Low produced his award winning film, The Navigators – Pathfinders of the Pacific, which told the story of the Polynesian settlement of the Pacific on PBS and on television venues throughout the world. He has sailed aboard Hokule’a on three voyages.

He is the author of Hawaiki Rising, Hokule’a, Nainoa Thompson and the Hawaiian Renaissance and many articles on Hokule’a and her meaning to Polynesians.

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes:

Ticket Price: $75, Tickets purchased after October 17: $80
Student Member Ticket Price: $35

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• If a reservation is canceled after October 14th, there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
• There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

Image © Daniel Forster

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Carlton Ward Jr. Rolex Artist-in-Exploration Award Reception and Film Screening

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.

Co-Presented with the New York WILD Film Festival, the evening will also showcase the New York premiere of The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida, a documentary film featuring Carlton and two friends on a rugged thousand-mile journey by foot, paddle, and bike traversing Florida's vast and seldom seen "Forgotten Coast." The expedition encounters stunning and rare wildlife including black bears, manatees, alligators, ancient river fish, and endangered woodpeckers - all living within a fragile wildlife corridor stretching from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border. The documentary is slated for national broadcast on PBS in 2017. A Q&A with Ward and filmmaker Eric Bendick will follow the screening.

“Each photograph,” Carlton writes, “is a window of discovery, celebrating the little-known people, places and wildlife that make up the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Subjects include ancient pine forests, deep river swamps, freshwater springs, surprising wildlife, mysterious ravines, wild rivers and forgotten coastlines…in the millions of acres of ‘Florida Wild,’ where panthers still stalk deer through the forests and black bears forage among palmettos as old as bristlecone pines.”



The Flag expedition began in the Everglades headwaters near Orlando, and continued west and north of Tampa, around the Gulf of Mexico, through the forests and swamps of the Florida Panhandle to the Gulf Islands National Seashore at the Florida-Alabama border. The 2015 Expedition built on the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, a 1,000-mile trek completed by the same team, from the Everglades to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia. The two expeditions drew attention to a statewide wildlife corridor network and vision to “Keep Florida Wild.”

Club Fellow Carlton Ward Jr.‘s award-winning photographs are exhibited widely and published in magazines including Audubon, Smithsonian, Geo, Africa Geographic, Nature Conservancy and National Geographic. He began his career with six expeditions to the Congo rainforests of Gabon with the Smithsonian Institution, resulting in his first book, The Edge of Africa, and an exhibit at the United Nations in New York. He is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and in 2007 wrote Conservation Photography, the first thesis on the emerging field. Carlton received National Geographic grants for the Florida Wildlife Corridor expeditions and is currently working with National Geographic to tell the story of the Florida panther.



Schedule
6:00 Artists Reception
7:15 Slideshow and comments by Carlton Ward
7:35 Film intro by Carlton & Eric
7:40 Film Screening – The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida
8:30 Film Q&A
8:40 Post-reception and conversation

Date: Wednesday, October 19

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid academic ID

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Public Lecture Series with Don Young

The Elephant Singers of Kenya’s Kerio Valley

and other discoveries

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 (estimated to be 500 - 600), asking them not to destroy their fields, and to bless their children to be "as good as the elephant." The ultimate compliment is to be told you have the “Soul of the Elephant.”

Don and William believe this ancient ritual can be a foundation to save wilderness and wildlife in the spectacularly beautiful Kerio Valley. Intertwined with the story of the Elephant Singers will be Don’s other adventures researching the explorer Captain Richard F. Burton, and Don’s discovery of an important fossil site in northern Kenya.

Donald Young is an unusual combination of outdoorsman and scholar; artist and adventurer. A professional safari guide with over 30 years experience in Africa and Asia, Don is the owner of Newland, Tarlton & Co. – the safari company of Roosevelt.

As a naturalist and conservationist, Don has traveled widely in Africa and Asia, promoting education and conservation for endangered species. As a scholar, Don is regarded as one of the world’s authorities on African explorers and has published several academic works including “The Search for the Source of the Nile.” As an artist, Don designed The Explorers Club Safari Furniture Collection and is working with legendary Explorers Club member Burt Avedon to design the ultimate Safari Jacket. Don is also a trained forensic osteologist in the field of paleo-anthropology and he discovered an important human pre-historic site in northern Kenya.

Date: Monday, October 17th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid Student ID

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The 2016 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner - Schedule of Events

Celebrating the Legacy of Open Spaces



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   As explorers of the world, we frequently have the pleasure and privilege of moving through landscapes of amazing beauty, to witness pristine ecosystems, and to experience the overwhelming stillness found in earth’s wild and wide-open spaces. Whether we immerse ourselves in these places to conduct research or to find renewal, we know the supreme importance of these open lands to our own well-being and to the survival of all life forms. Thoreau said it like this: "In Wildness is the preservation of the world." Yet, as much as we explorers depend on these places, we often lose sight of the significant efforts and dedication required to keep these places intact and safe from development and degradation.

   For the 2016 Lowell Thomas Awards, we honor the champions of wild and open lands. Our awardees have dedicated themselves to the preservation of wild places, intact ecosystems, and open lands; they are the guardians of places that inspire us to roam, get lost and explore. It is our particular pleasure to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of these four stellar individuals. We hope you will join us in Santa Barbara to help pay tribute to their wonderfulness.

Join us October 14, 15, and 16

in Beautiful Santa Barbara by-the-sea

   Santa Barbara, California in October! A more fitting backdrop for the celebration of natural beauty and open lands could hardly be found. Being hemmed in by rugged peaks on one side and the dazzling Pacific Ocean on the other, allows this California Shangri-La to offer up unparalleled opportunities for experiencing an array of outdoor activities and natural beauty rarely found in a single locale. The geography is also conducive to limiting sprawl and for attracting a population that cares about conservation and preservation. It is thus a perfect milieu for this special event.

   For the 2016 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner, we put together a number of events and activities that showcase the best this region has to offer. From our exquisite Natural History Museum to the misty reaches of our Channel Islands, to the vineyards of our famed Santa Rita Hills AVA, and many points in between, we guarantee that this weekend will inspire you and live long in your memories.

   A note about getting to Santa Barbara, CA: if you are driving up from or through the Los Angeles region, allow plenty of time. Friday afternoon traffic can delay your trip by many hours. For this reason, we also recommend for those coming by plane to fly directly into Santa Barbara airport. It costs a little more but the “puddle-jumper” flights from LA or SF not only give you fantastic views, doing so will also allow you to forego the pain of sitting in traffic. If you do decide to fly into LAX on Friday, try to arrive by noon or 1pm and consider taking the “Airbus” shuttle service, which will deposit you within a block of our reserved hotels (Fess Parker Resort and Wayfarer).
Schedule of Events

Friday, October 14

Evening Reception, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

   For those choosing to stay for the weekend, your Lowell Thomas celebration opens Friday evening with a private reception at one of the oldest natural history museums in America. This delightful and historic institution will be opened for the exclusive enjoyment of The Explorers Club members, our honorees and a host of special guests. Participants will be free to roam the museum’s hallowed halls munching on delicious delicacies and local beverages. Our guests will also be treated to a special wine tasting and lecture about the region’s unique geography, which allows for the production of world-class vintages, presented by Palmina, one of the region’s top producers. In addition to a warm opportunity to meet and greet your fellow explorers and our honorees in this congenial setting, the evening will also feature a flag expedition send-off, and will conclude early enough to allow guests to sample one of Santa Barbara’s many acclaimed eateries or watering holes. Van service to/from Fess Parker will be provided.

Location:Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Saturday Morning, October 15

Morning Awardees’ Symposium, 8:30am - 11:30am

   Consistent with The Explorers Club time-honored tradition of story-telling, the 2016 Lowell Thomas Awards weekend upholds that tradition with a symposium presented by our four outstanding awardees and moderated by Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner Chair, Alan Feldstein. Do not miss this opportunity to hear the personal narratives on how these four awardees came to their life’s work preserving millions of acres of key geographies and ecosystems on four different continents. This is the material of renowned TED talks! And made available in an intimate setting for our guests. Do not miss this session.

Location:Fess Parker Resort
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Saturday Afternoon, October 15

VIP Luncheon 11:30am - 1:00pm (Roraima Guests and Awardees only)

   Our Roraima guests will enjoy a special opportunity for close conversations with the awardees over lunch at one of the resort’s fine dining options. This will occur immediately following the symposium. Details will be announced.

Location:Fess Parker Resort
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Saturday Evening, October 15

Gala Reception & Awards Dinner, 5:30 – 10:30 pm

   The 2016 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner and Reception will be a spectacular visual treat showcasing wilderness and open spaces from around the world, including imagery from your fellow Explorers Club members, and multimedia presentations featuring our awardees. The evening will make your heart and soul soar and inspire the best in all of us to double down on our efforts to protect all the wild that remains. We will also feature a flag return, many special guests, a highly curated silent auction, and of course convivial conversation. An Après Dinner Mingle under the stars will ensure the inspiration continues well into the evening.

Location:Fess Parker Resort
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Sunday, October 16

Excursions

   Purchasers of the Weekend Pass and Tables will have the option of participating in one of several excursions on Sunday. They all feature transport to and from the Fess Parker hotel and each will finish up in the late afternoon or early evening. Thus, if you live in the region you can still return home Sunday evening. The sign-up for these excursions is on a first come; first served basis and there are limited number of slots, especially for the island trip. They all offer a wonderful opportunity to be with your friends and fellow-explorers in a place of beauty. For those who do not purchase a Weekend Pass or table, these excursions will be available on a “Space Available Basis” which will be announced Saturday evening. But why take a chance of missing out?


Excursion 1:
Voyage to Santa Cruz Island Nature Reserve


   In its vastness and variety of flora, fauna, and geology, Santa Cruz Island is unsurpassed. At over 96 square miles in size and the largest island in California, Santa Cruz contains two rugged mountain ranges and 77 miles of craggy coastline cliffs, giant sea caves, pristine tidepools, and expansive beaches. The island is also rich in cultural history with over 10,000 years of American Indian habitation and over 150 years of European exploration and ranching. All of this natural and cultural history will be on display and highlighted in lectures provided by your guides.

   This excursion includes round-trip van transport from Fess Parker to Ventura Harbor, where you will embark on an Island Packers boat, From there you motor across the 30 mile Santa Barbara Channel, one of the richest and most productive marine areas in the world, where whales and dolphins of many species can be spotted year round. The boats are large and roomy with both indoor and outdoor seating areas (and good strong coffee!). After disembarking at Prisoners Harbor, you will be transported to Santa Cruz Island Reserve, an area of the island not open to the public, where you will enjoy several informative lectures by renowned experts, walking tours and a gourmet lunch.

   Dress warmly for this trip and wear good walking shoes. It is not a physically difficult excursion. Binoculars highly recommended.


Excursion 2:
Magic School Bus to California’s Acclaimed Vineyards


   Imagine hopping onto a magic bus with a group of your buddies, driving through paradise, sipping beautifully crafted (and world famous) wines, toasting “à ta santé” over a gourmet lunch set in vineyards tinged in autumn colors. Dreamy, eh? Well that is what we have designed for you! Santa Barbara wine country (approximately 45 minutes from Santa Barbara) is sandwiched between two mountain ranges with elevations ranging from 200 feet in the valley to 3400 feet. The unique East-West orientation of the region’s transverse mountains and valleys forms a collage of microclimates and soil types while keeping the region cooled by air drawn off the Pacific Ocean. Nature’s alchemy at its best!

   This excursion features the absolute best way to have fun with friends while visiting a number of wineries not open to the touring public. The bus, which will pickup and drop off at the Fess Parker, features open bay-style seating conducive to conversation and laughter, and is equipped with a top-of-the-line sound system and ambient lighting. The excursion will include three tastings in the famed Santa Rita Hills AVA and Santa Ynez Valley, with a special luncheon set amongst sweeping views of the region during harvest time; a most special time to be there.

   Dress casually for this trip. And be prepared to pace yourself. The wine is delicious!


Excursion 3:
Guided Hike through Shangri-La


   Spanning the short distance between the Pacific Ocean and the 4000 foot high point of La Cumbre Peak in the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara’s “front-country” boasts some of the most scenic day hikes in California. Standing atop these rugged peaks, you can gaze out over striking views of the city, the ocean, and the Channel Islands shimmering on the horizon. In shady canyons, swimming holes and soothing waterfalls make refreshing rest spots and picnic venues. Wildlife sightings are an added bonus.

   Join Kevin Condon & Darrow Feldstein, your expert guides for this adventure. They are founders of The Bird School Project, an organization created with a spirit similar to that of the Explorers Club. The Bird School Project visits schools in the Monterrey Bay area to foster awareness, knowledge and love for local natural places through bird watching and other out-of-doors activities. Taking a walk along one of Santa Barbara’s famed hiking trails with expert guides, knowledgeable about the flora and fauna will make for a delightful Sunday with fellow-explorers.

   This excursion includes round trip van transport to the trailhead with your guides starting at the Fess Parker and includes a gourmet box lunch. Be prepared to enjoy some exercise, learn about the region’s diverse ecology and develop the kind of good camaraderie that only a walk in the wilderness engenders.

   Dress in layers for this excursion. Daypack, water bottle, hiking boots and binoculars recommended (binoculars can also be provided by the guides). This hike will be moderate in difficulty with a few steep uphill sections on a maintained trail.


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