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NY WILD Film Festival Option 2

NY WILD Film Festival Option 2

NY WILD Film Festival Option 2

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Sea Stories 2015

Sea Stories is 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. Tickets will NOT be sold at door.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

9 AM - 7:00 PM

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

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Public Lecture Series feat. Lee Durrell

Saving Species from Extinction

Past, Present and Future of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

With Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust well into its second half century, Lee Durrell reflects on the past, present and future of this remarkable institution. It was founded in Jersey, an island in the English Channel, by Gerald Durrell, the popular nature writer and Lee’s late husband, with the mission to save species from extinction.

The Trust began as a modest zoo, but became a pioneer in approaches and techniques to restore endangered species and their habitats, working with local communities. It has rescued dozens of species from the brink of extinction and trains conservation professionals from all over the world to do the same. It is now recognized as a world leader in biodiversity conservation

Lee will tell the story from the earliest successes to the latest endeavors, from the Mauritius kestrel, reduced to four birds in the 1970s, to the Montserrat mountain chicken, not a chicken, but a giant frog, which plummeted to near extinction in 2009. She will speak about Durrell’s own staff currently undertaking 50 projects in a dozen countries and the thousands of graduates of Durrell Conservation Academy, who are now saving species in their home countries in a network known as Durrell’s Army.

Lee McGeorge Durrell was born in 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee. She received a BA in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in zoology from Duke University.

Lee married Gerald Durrell, founder of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, in 1979. She was instrumental in re-opening Madagascar to western scientists during the early 1980’s. She influenced the development of the Trust’s field projects, particularly in Madagascar where she launched a recovery programme for the world's rarest tortoise. Lee’s first book, The State of the Ark (1986), was a comprehensive review of species conservation.

Lee and Gerald wrote books and presented several television series together, including Ark on the Move, The Amateur Naturalist and Durrell in Russia. Their four-month expedition to Madagascar in 1990 to collect endangered species for breeding programs resulted in a television documentary To the Island of the Aye-Aye, which won the Gold Award at the New York International Film and Television Festival.

In 1995 Lee succeeded Gerald as Honorary Director of the Trust, playing an important role as ambassador and fund-raiser. In 1999 she learned to fly light aeroplanes and assisted the Trust for a number of years by flying animals to and from Jersey for breeding programs. In 2014 she set up a support group in the US called American Friends of Durrell.

In 2011 Lee was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her services to biodiversity conservation.

Lee looks forward to speaking at The Explorers Club, where she will continue the story her late husband told there more than 40 years ago.

Date: November 9th, 2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ 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).

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The 4th Annual Polar Film Festival

Call for Entires!

The Explorers Club is proud to announce our fourth annual Polar Film Festival.

The time has come to start the search for this year's films, falling under the following catagories:

• Conservation
• Adventure
• Environment
• Human interest
• Expeditions

We are accepting feature length to short films.

The due date for submissions is Thursday, July 30th, 2015.

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).

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Date: 11-07-15

The 4th Annual Polar Film Festival

Call for Entires!

The Explorers Club is proud to announce our fourth annual Polar Film Festival.

The time has come to start the search for this year's films, falling under the following catagories:

• Conservation
• Adventure
• Environment
• Human interest
• Expeditions

We are accepting feature length to short films.

The due date for submissions is Thursday, July 30th, 2015.

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).

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Date: 11/6/2015

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Public Lecture Series feat. Alfred McLaren

Silent and Unseen:
On Submarine Patrol During the Cold War

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

In this beautifully illustrated presentation, veteran submarine commander Captain Alfred S. McLaren will describe the most significant events that occurred in the Arctic and other regions during the Cold War years, 1958 to 1973, on board five attack submarines: USS Greenfish (SS-351), USS Seadragon (SSN-584), USS Skipjack (SSN 585), USS Greenling (SSN-614), and USS Queenfish (SSN-651). His seven years aboard the first three boats are the subject of his most recent book, Silent and Unseen, and the remaining eight, the subject of an earlier book Unknown Waters and a third book yet to come.

This talk will focus on the development of attack-boat tactics, Cold War missions, and under-ice exploration techniques and achievements, such as surfacing at the North Pole and the historic first surveys of the Northwest Passage and the entire Siberian Continental Shelf.

The talk will also describe how the commanding officers that a young submarine officer served with will determine how well he is prepared to assume his own command years later, This was particularly true in attack submarines during the high-risk years of the Cold War, when attack submarines were continually at sea and each reconnaissance and intelligence collection mission was of potentially great, and sometimes extraordinary, value to the government of the United States of America. The missions more often than not required closing on a potential enemy to collect the intelligence required, generally within weapons range. They required, unlike a war patrol, the U.S. attack boat to remain completely undetected, and then to withdraw as silently and unseen as it approached.

The success of all Cold War missions depended heavily on accurate intelligence, geographical positioning of the boat, and the readiness of the individual attack-boat team. It will be seen how the speaker learned very early that the latter was forged from three inseparable parts: material readiness of the boat, training and deployment readiness of the crew, and the knowledge, experience, and physical and psychological readiness of the commanding officer.

Captain Alfred Scott McLaren, USN (Ret.), Ph.D., MED ’71, is a former President of The Explorers Club and currently President of the 80-year-old American Polar Society. He is also a Director of Sub Aviator Systems LLC and Senior Pilot of the Super Aviator submersible. As a career nuclear attack submarine officer, he made three Arctic expeditions: the first submerged transit of the Northwest Passage, a Baffin Bay expedition, and, as Commander of USS Queenfish (SSN-651), a North Pole expedition that completed the first survey of the entire Siberian Continental Shelf. Honors include The Explorers Club’s Lowell Thomas Medal for Ocean Exploration in 2000 and its highest honor, “The Explorers Club Medal” in 2012 for “ His extraordinary contributions to Arctic exploration and deep sea research, including the first survey of the entire Siberian Continental Shelf.” He has also received ”The Societe de Geographic Paris" Medal and La Medaille de La Ville De Paris for Polar exploration.

Awards as a Cold War Submarine Commander include: the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and four Navy Unit Commendations. A deep sea explorer and scientist, he completed dives to: RMS Titanic, Mid-Atlantic Ridge hydrothermal vents, and the first manned dives to the German battleship Bismarck. His first book, Unknown Waters, A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under-Ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651) (University of Alabama Press, 2008), was judged a “Notable Naval Book of 2008” by the U.S. Naval Institute. His second book, Silent and Unseen, On Patrol in Three Cold War Attack Submarines (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2015) was released in May 2015. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval War College. He holds graduate degrees from George Washington, Cambridge, and Colorado Universities.

Date: October 19th, 2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC student members, $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).

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Public Lecture Series featuring Annie Nocenti

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Public Lecture Series feat. Russell Heath


An Errant Circumnavigation

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

This is the story, in part, of a four year, 37,000 mile circumnavigation. Except for two passages, Russell Heath sailed alone on a 25 foot wooden Vertue—a classic design from the 1930s—named Kainui. He sailed without electronics, an inboard engine, and with never more than a few thousand dollars at hand. When he left, his only experience on a sailboat was keeping out of the way. He did not know how to reef a sail, set an anchor, or navigate.

There were adventures, near misses, lonely times under the night sky and, also, times of wonder, of exultation, of being touched by the beauty of the sea, the sky, and the kindness of strangers. The five or six stories that Heath will share are the stories that, in the round of a journey, define that journey and shape who he, the traveler, became.

There is the story of the first day, being tossed by a gale and retching over the rail, yet continuing on; of traversing the intertropical convergence zone that was this sailor’s rite of passage; of the run from the Galapagos down to Pitcairn Island with still shaky celestial navigation skills and learning the joy given by the daily tasks of living; of desolate months in Fiji and New Zealand empty of purpose and ready to quit; of being knocked down crossing the Tasman Sea; of beating off the night coast of Spain exhausted and frightened because his judgment was so shot that he could not keep safe; of the day he came home, late on a summer evening, Venus brilliant in a burgundy sky; and of setting, with the traveler’s ambivalence of one journey finished and the next one yet unknown, Kainui’s anchor in good American mud.

Russell Heath has been in the thick of the action since he was a kid—in his teens he hitchhiked to Alaska and lived in a cabin on the banks of the Tanana River; in his twenties, he lived in Italy, crossed the Sahara and the jungles and savannas of Africa and then traveled south and east through Asia; in his thirties, he sailed around the world (alone); in his forties, he wrote novels no one would publish; and in his fifties he bicycled the spine of the Rockies from Alaska to Mexico. He worked on the Alaska Pipeline, as an environmental lobbyist in the Alaska Legislature, and ran a storied environmental organization fighting (successfully) to protect Alaska’s rainforests. Several years ago, he moved to New York City to dig deep into leadership development and coaching. He now coaches business and non-profit leaders as well as people who want to live rich, zesty, hand-crafted lives.

Date: October 5th, 2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ 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).

Public Lecture Series featuring Jack Turner

Ansel & Ansel: Points of Inspiration

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

Yosemite National Park (circa 1916) ignited the passion of two of the most influential voices in the conservation movement. Only 22 years old, Ansel Hall would rise through the ranks to become the first Chief Naturalist and Chief Forester for the newly formed National Park Service. The man who would become America’s iconic and most famous wilderness photographer, Ansel Adams, was only a teenager. Points of Inspiration is an account from the families of Ansel & Ansel and a tribute to their legacy of adventure, innovation, preservation, and interpretation of wild America.

The story is told by Ansel Hall’s grandson, Jack Turner, a world traveler, speaker, and television commentator. His book, Landscapes On Glass won first place in the Colorado Book Awards for his pictorial documentary about historic lantern slides and the six-year mission of Ansel Hall’s Rainbow Bridge / Monument Valley Expedition (1933-38).

Points of Inspiration includes fascinating personal stories, historical images, photographs, and important events that shaped much of America’s commitment to the environment and conservation. It’s also a story of adventure, struggle, determination, ingenuity, and amazing circumstances that still impact the National Park Service and all public lands.

Ansel Hall and Ansel Adams had more in common than their first names. They were born at the turn of the 20th century in the San Francisco Bay area and survived the great earthquake of 1906. Both were just teenagers when they first visited Yosemite Valley, an event so inspirational that both men would find a way to make the national park a focus of their livelihood.

Ansel Hall graduated with the first forestry major offered by the University of California Berkeley in 1917, one year after Congress authorized the establishment of the National Park Service. He was immediately hired as a backcountry ranger and assigned to Sequoia National Park for a year before shipping off to serve in the U.S. Army in World War I. Upon returning from the war in 1919 he was reassigned to Yosemite.

Ansel Adams was only 18 years old in 1920 when he joined the Sierra Club and spent the first of four summers in Yosemite Valley, as “keeper” of the club’s LeConte Memorial Lodge. He was an aspiring musician at the time with the intent of playing professionally. It was during this time that he began experimenting with his Brownie box camera during his frequent explorations of the Yosemite Valley and the backcountry.

Their paths crossed when Ansel Adams met Park Ranger Ansel Hall and inquired to the possibility of a piano somewhere in the area. Ranger Hall introduced Ansel Adams to Harry Best, a local artist who had a piano in his studio. Mr. Best also had a daughter, Virginia, who would eventually marry Adams. She would be his anchor to the park and their family, and supported him during the uncertainty of his early pursuit of professional photography

In the ensuing decades, both would be on the front lines to preserve and interpret America’s wild places. Ansel Hall would affect change from within the National Park Service, developing everything from the Bureau of Information to the first museums. He organized numerous field studies and expeditions in the United States and abroad.

Ansel Adams’ photographic images became the symbols, the authentic icons, of wild America. He was an unrelenting activist for the cause of wilderness and the environment. Over the years he attended innumerable meetings and wrote thousands of letters in support the conservation movement on behalf of the Sierra Club and Wilderness Society. He lobbied colleagues, government bureaucrats, and politicians, but his greatest influence came from his photography.

Their journeys took them across America and overseas in times without jet travel and modern conveniences. From the Big Sur Coast to the Great Pyramids of Egypt, from Washington, D.C. to Utah’s Monument Valley, Ansel and Ansel traveled paths like no others before them. Their legacies are honored many places including the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area (CA), The Ansel Hall Indian Ruin (Dolores, CO), and even a dinosaur species (Segisaurus Halli) discovered during the Rainbow Bridge / Monument Valley Expedition.


"Half Dome, Apple Orchard, Yosemite" by Ansel Adams for the National Parks Service

Date: 9.28.2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ 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).

Public Lecture Series featuring Mark Evans


Arabia Felix – on the trail of a forgotten explorer

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

In the 1930s, thanks to the exploits of Lowell Thomas and T E Lawrence of Arabia, the western world was obsessed with Arabia; the Rub Al Khali, or Empty Quarter, was considered the largest expanse of unexplored land outside of Antarctica. Setting off from Salalah in southern Oman, after a journey of 60 days, English explorer Bertram Thomas and his team of Bedouin companions finally reached Doha, the capital of Qatar. Unable to communicate his achievements, he then had to sail by Dhow to the Telegraph office in Bahrain to announce that the largest sand desert on earth had been crossed. Telegrams of congratulations came in from around the world, and the story was front page news in The Times in London, and The New York Times. Thomas was awarded the Cullum Medal in New York, and the Founders Medal in London at the Royal Geographical Society, and his book, Arabia Felix, told the tale of an extraordinary journey that contributed a great deal to science. The photographs and video footage shot by Thomas (and recently digitised) represent some of the earliest images of Arabia.

Thomas walked into terra incognita. He was about to be sacked for incompetence, had no funding, no map, and no way of communicating to anyone where he was for 60 days. Ask people today who is the first person the cross the great sand desert of Arabia, and the most common answer will be Wilfred Thesiger. Undoubtedly gifted with a pen, and a camera, but able to benefit from maps, the experiences of Thomas, and 18 years advance of technology, Thesiger has evolved into an iconic figure of desert exploration, and the exploits of Thomas have been forgotten.

In 1932, Bertram Thomas stood up in New York and addressed Explorers Club members on his successful crossing, a journey which is to be re-traced 85 years later by small team of Arabs and an Englishman later in 2015. The lecture will tell the tale of the original journey, and will share plans for the new, that begins in November 2015.

Mark Evans is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London, and an International Fellow of the Explorers Club. 54 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: September 21st, 2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC student members, $5 with a valid student ID

Reservation Notes:

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

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

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Date: 09-16-15

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Public Lecture Series featuring Zoltan Takacs


Nature-to-Medicine: In Search of Lifesaving Animals

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

Nature's deadliest animals — snakes, scorpions, spiders — take 100,000 human lives a year, 6 times more than landmines. Yet the very same creatures are also the biggest lifesavers of the Animal Kingdom. Taken by 40+ million people, 20 medicines are derived from animal venoms for heart attack, high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes, and cancer and HIV pain, etc. — including 2 of the top 3 heart attack medicines, as well as the #5 most-prescribed medicine in the U.S.

This presentation is a science-driven, adventure-packed, high-octane, around-the-world research journey that reveals what it takes to travel to the last frontiers on Earth, team up with exotic tribes, face the unforgivable elements and armed criminals, to find the deadliest (yet often stunningly beautiful) animals... and still walk out alive. From Sudan to Fiji, from Brazil to Nepal it is never-ending obstacle course for the sake of science.

Along the journey are the first-hand experiences in tropical clinics, U.S. research labs and hospitals that reveal how animal venoms can be turned into medicines, what is their impact to date, and what is the full potential ahead for nature's deadliest molecules to save human lives. The lecture is vividly illustrated by first class visuals that tell the story — Zoltan is an accomplished wildlife photographer and videographer with various National Geographic credits.



Dr. Zoltan Takacs is a pharmacologist specializing in drug discovery from animal venoms. He is the founder and president of the World Toxin Bank project. He is a co-inventor of the designer toxin technology, a toxin-genomics drug discovery platform developed at the University of Chicago, and holds patent rights to scorpion toxin-derived drug leads for autoimmune diseases. Passionate about snakes and exploration since childhood, Zoltan has traveled to 145 countries, is an aircraft pilot, scuba diver, and wildlife photographer. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, was a researcher at Rockefeller University and Yale University before joining as a faculty at the University of Chicago. He served as an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University, he is a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer. Zoltan's work has been featured in the National Geographic Magazine, on the National Geographic Channel, BBC, ABC, PBS/NOVA, Rai3, and RTL.

Date: September 14th, 2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC student members, $5 with a valid student ID

Reservation Notes:

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

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

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Date: 06-10-15

Public Lecture Series featuring Tashi Rabten

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

Tashi Rabten was born in Amdo, Tibet in what is now Qinhai Province. As a young man he studied Tibetan medicine. After the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989 many people in China, and especially Tibetans, lived under severe pressure from the Chinese Government. There were many arrests. Tashi, then working in a hospital, realized he could no longer stay in Tibet and decided he had to flee to the safety of India.

The only way to flee was to climb the Himalayas to get to Nepal. It was winter and the epic month-long trek changed his life. He will describe meeting foreign climbing expeditions fully outfitted while he and his wife only had sweaters and hardly enough food to eat let alone ropes, jackets and other gear. They managed to evade Chinese military patrols and eventually arrived in Dharamsala, India.

Tashi was determined to dedicate his life to helping the Tibetan people by uniting those inside Tibet with those outside. Eventually he came to America on a Fullbright Scholarship, and eventually became a US citizen. He has earned both an MBA and a law degree to enable him to work on diplomatic endeavors.

Tashi has since returned to Tibetan many times and is on improved terms with the Chinese government. He is now getting his PhD in Chinese law at China University in Beijing. He is the only Tibetan in the program. His heart remains in Tibet and his dream is to return to positively affect the lives of Tibetans. He and his wife established an orphanage in his home village in Qinghai called the Tibetan Home of Hope. They are now completely responsible for educating 140 children who live there permanently.

He will talk about his escape from Tibet over the Himalayas and his dreams for Tibet. His wife will bring some Tibetan food and he will share Tibet Tea, an enterprise he started with Stephen Lee, to raise funds for educational projects in Tibet and in the refugee community in India.

Date: June 8th, 2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ 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).

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Short Story Thursdays at The Explorers Club: Literary Carpetbaggers



Short Story Thursdays is a non-profit literature initiative that provides members all over the world with a single email per week, containing a classic short story, with an introduction by best-selling author Jacob Tomsky. Since its inception, the goal of SST has always been to coerce people into getting just a bit more literature into their life, once a week, in the most entertaining and accessible way possible.

“Short Story Thursdays at The Explorers Club: Literary Carpetbaggers” will be the first official event for this literary organization. Additionally, it will be the first time SST has ever presented a non-fiction selection, Charles Lindbergh’s “A Leap in the Dark,” which can be found in the publication As Told at the Explorers Club.

The event will be an unparalleled look at the link between exploring the world physically and exploring it through literature.

Jacob Tomsky, who has appeared on Good Morning America, Anderson Live and even survived a one-on-one interview with Barbara Walters, will be hosting the event and regaling those present with rapid fire tales from his own extensive exploration – eating a raw cobra’s heart in Vietnam, sailing ten days over the Atlantic on a container ship, and running from a hippo in Africa.



The event will begin with drinks in the library and adjacent terrace. A tour of the club will be offered for those who are interested. Tomsky will then take the mic in the historic Clark Room and lay out the origins of SST, and how it has arrived at this pivotal moment in its history. Tomsky will also invite members of his organization, world travelers themselves, to present single sentence stories to the gathered audience, allowing others the opportunity to share tales gleaned from their lifetime of adventures. Following a brief intermission, including a toast, Tomsky will read the text of the Charles Lindbergh story “A Leap in the Dark,” just as Lindbergh himself did in 1931. The reading, only a short seven minutes, will be followed by an extended reception and a chance for all those in attendance to celebrate this perfectly wonderful partnership between Short Story Thursdays and The Explorers Club.

It will be a night of great adventure. An unforgettable event.

Join us.

Date: June 4th, 2015

Time: 6:00 - 10:00 pm

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

Reservation Notes:

Tickets are free for Explorers Club Members, $5 for Members of Short Story Thursdays (password required), and $20 for the General Public.

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a reservation, please call us a 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Public Lecture Series featuring Sam Mehta


The Silk Road: Modern Iran and Ancient Persia

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

The Silk Road, often referred to as the backbone of history, was a nexus of trade routes that ran from Western China into the Middle East, through Persia and into the Mediterranean. The 5,000-mile route of the ancient Silk Road traveled through more than a dozen countries, crossing some of the most spectacular and inaccessible regions on earth. Sam will cover one of those countries in his presentation: Ancient Persia and modern Iran.

Mehta will share images of his journey along the Silk Road in Iran including Teheran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd and Persepolis. Iran effectively controlled the overland Silk Road. No one could travel its length without crossing the Iranian plateau, and Iran got rich by taxing the goods passing through. But sometimes, the Persians themselves became invaders using the Royal Road built by Darius. Parthian and Sassanid successors continued to improve the infrastructure of the Silk Road. Eventually the Arab conquest brought Islam. Later, Turks, Assassins and Mongols ravaged Persia for centuries until the stability of the Ottoman Empire and its Persian counterparts – the Safavids – brought an age of enlightenment.

Specifically, Sam will transport you to Iran through his incredible images with intellectually stimulating narration and experience…

Modern Iran – Teheran and its surrounding areas. Teheran is a relatively modern city with many world-class museums and sites. You will experience life on the street, as well.

Caravan Desert City – Yazd and the surrounding areas. Yazd is in a remote area relatively protected from Arab and Mongol invasions. Life and culture have prospered despite the harsh desert conditions, partly thanks to the caravan route of the Silk Road.

Ancient Persia – Shiraz and the surrounding areas. This region was home to the Achaemenid and the Sassinid empires, and it reflects their architecture, art and glory. Nearby, nomad tribes living as they have done for centuries, have made Bishapur their home. The rich history of Ancient Persia will make you appreciate why the Persian Empire became the first superpower of the civilized world.

The Golden Age of Islamic Culture – Isfahan and the surrounding areas. Isfahan became one of the most celebrated and beautiful cities of the world in the 16th century. You will experience the best bazaars, extraordinary architecture and art, as well as life in Jewish and Armenian Quarters.

Current Affairs – Iran’s Theocracy. Sam’s assessment of the situation is based on interviews on the ground, supported by published research. He will share how the current government policies have affected life in Iran and the outlook.

Sam’s presentation will deepen your understanding of one of the more difficult-to-travel places in the world in a way that will further stimulate your curiosity.

Date: 6/1/2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

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

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

Atlas Obscura Tour

As Told At The Explorers Club

Success dictates that we once again revive The Long Table Dinner at The Explorers Club!

Join us for an evening of storytelling and fellowship, food and drink.

This is a venerable tradition of the Explorers Club which goes back to the founding of our club and a fine history of it can be found in the forward that George Plimpton wrote for “As Told At The Explorers Club”.

Bring your story and be prepared to tell it with no live-streaming, video or tape recorder present. And, what is a story? You needed to be there last April to hear of the bear on the Cree garbage heap and the landing of a plane caught in dense clouds with no flight instruments!

Doc Hermalyn is our MC and members will regale us for about 8 minutes each - (with novel penalties for going overtime) wielded by our timekeeper, Steve Nagiewicz. We turn off the electric lights and the only illumination in the room will be from flickering candles and the fireplace all aglow…the perfect atmosphere to just relax and let the stories flow!

Members will gather first for cocktails in the Trophy Room, another tradition we are reviving.

We will enjoy hearty, rustic fare in the Clark Room, where the dining table will be in a horseshoe configuration with seating on both sides and facing the fireplace – all the better for members to chat across the table.

Utensils/dishes will be provided but, keeping with tradition, you can bring your favorite chili mug and spoon. Wine and beer and sodas provided.

New and old members will mingle and the stories will flow along with good cheer.

Date: May 28th, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm Cocktails, 7:00 pm Rustic Dinner

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

Member Ticket price: $39 (includes dinner)

Reservation Notes:

Approximately eight Explorers Club members will regale us for about 8 minutes each. If you wish to speak, put in your name with Reservations (in writing) when you reserve your ticket for the dinner. Names will be selected on a lottery basis and you will be contacted if your name is chosen.

Sign Up Now! Space Is Limited!

For Reservations, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 212.628.8383.

All cancellations are required to be reported 2 days before the event or they will not be granted.

Bartle Bull Lunch 12-2

Club Closed - Memorial Day

The Explorers Club will be closed today, Monday, May 25th, in honor of Memorial Day. There will be no public lecture. We will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday May 26th, at 9:00 am, and the next public lecture will follow the next Monday June 1st.

Date: 5/25/2015

Hold - A Room for 10 Guests - Brianna Rowe Graduation Suare - Evening

Hold - W. Medical Strategy group - Clark Room - 1-4pm

Hey Kevin,

Please put a room hold on May 21st for the Clark Room from 1-4 PM for the W. Medical Strategy group.

Thank you,
Mimi

Yak Tea & Reception to Benefit Victims of the Nepal Earthquake

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m.

at The Explorers Club, 46 E. 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

The Explorers Club, Dooley Intermed International, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Wilderness Medicine Fellowship cordially invite you to a Yak Tea & cocktail reception to benefit victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Honored guests

Dr. Verne Chaney,
recipient of The Explorers Club Sir Edmund Hillary
Humanitarian Award, and Founder, Dooley Intermed International

N. Stuart Harris MD MFA FRCP Edin.
Chief, MGH Dept of EM, Division of Wilderness Medicine
Fellowship Director, MGH Wilderness Medicine Fellowship

Ted Janulis, President, The Explorers Club

Special prayer ceremony by Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Buddhist monk and founder of the Pema Ts’al Sakya Monastic Institute, Pokhara, Nepal

$100 min. donation per ticket

100 percent of all ticket sales will go to help rebuild homes and lives in Nepal, divided evenly between Dooley Intermed and MGH Wilderness Medicine Fellowship.

In appreciation of their support all guests will receive a ceremonial kata scarf. An early sellout is expected, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 212.628.8383. Please note, payment must be rendered before the event. Credit cards will be charged before the event as prerequisite for entry.

Unable to attend? Donations gratefully accepted at dooleyintermed.org and massgeneral.org.

Photo via Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Hold - Trophy Room for Randell Dinner - Evening

Hold - Trophy Room for Randell Dinner - Evening

Per Will request, guy who used to be associated with Man of the World magazine, 5/1

Film Screening - Wonders of the Arctic

Wonders of the Arctic (2015) Directed by David Lickley

Dr Josephine Tan of the UN's Indigenous Peoples Committee and Dr. Martin Nweeia will be present at the screening, which is presented as a part of Sustainability Week NYC

The Explorers Club cordially invites you to the New York premiere screening of Wonders of the Arctic, a documentary film about troubling impacts of human activities on this fragile and largely uninhabited frontier.

The Arctic has always been a place of mystery, myth and fascination. The Inuit and their predecessors adapted and thrived for thousands of years in what is arguably the harshest environment on earth. Today, the Arctic is the focus of intense research. Instead of seeking to conquer the north, scientist pioneers are searching for answers to some troubling questions about the impacts of human activities around the world on this fragile and largely uninhabited frontier.

Wonders of the Arctic centers on our ongoing mission to explore and come to terms with the Arctic, and the compelling stories of our many forays into this captivating place will be interwoven to create a unifying message about the state of the Arctic today. Underlying all these tales is the crucial role that ice plays in the northern environment and the changes that are quickly overtaking the people and animals who have adapted to this land of ice and snow.

Dr. Nweeia is the leading Narwhal expert who integrates the voices of the Inuit in his scientific research results. He has completed seven successful expeditions, including the Amazon and the Arctic.

Pamela Peeters, environmental economist and founder of "Sustainability Week NYC," will introduce the speakers, share the mission of this international initiative and will moderate the Q&A.



Running Time: 40 min

Date: 5/19/2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ 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 - Film Screening - Wonders of the Arctic

Hold - Film Screening - Wonders of the Arctic, per Ross von Burg on 4/10/2015

NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Dr. George Veni


Karst: Explore the Hidden Quarter of Planet Earth

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

Perhaps the most fascinating, weirdly beautiful, and least known landscape on Earth, karst covers about 25% of the globe’s land area but few have heard of it. Fewer know what it is. Karst is a strange landscape, and much of it hides underground as caves. Karst swallows the flows of rivers and gushes them back to the surface far away. Karst is home to unique and bizarre life forms. Karst holds the biggest keys to unlocking the mysteries of past climates to best predict future climate. Karst protects one-of-kind artifacts from long-ago peoples. Karst is the holy land, not just physically but also spiritually to past and present cultures. Karst is the most vulnerable terrain on Earth to environmental problems—changes in one area can literally cause the ground to fall out from beneath your feet in another.

Dr. George Veni is the Executive Director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) and an internationally recognized hydrogeologist specializing in caves and karst terrains. Prior to NCKRI, for more than 20 years he owned George Veni and Associates, a karst environmental consulting firm. He has conducted extensive karst research and explored caves throughout the United States and in many other countries for nearly 40 years. His explorations include river caves, ice caves, thermal caves, bat caves, beautiful crystalline caves, dangerously polluted caves, mazes, deep shafts, huge chambers, and cave archaeological sites. He is the Vice President of Administration for the International Union of Speleology. Three cave-dwelling species have been named in his honor. He has published and presented 210 papers, including four books, on hydrogeology, biology, and environmental management in karst terrains, and lectures internationally on the topics.

Date: 05/18/2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-served 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)

7th Explorers Club Film Festival



Opening Night

6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening
The 7th Explorers Club Film Festival opens with the beautifully restored "The Epic of Everest," the legendary 1924 film of George Mallory's fatal Everest expedition, introduced by Tim McHenry, Director of Public Programs and Performance for the Rubin Museum, who will stay for a Q&A after the film. The festival is also proud to feature on Opening Night the short film of Will Gadd's spectacular first ice climb of Niagara Falls just two months ago.


Saturday Morning

9:00 am Coffee and Pastries, 9:30 am Presentation
For the entire family -- students and children FREE - a celebration of "Born to Explore," former Club president Richard Wiese's hit television series for young explorers, which was nominated for five daytime Emmy Awards last month, including Outstanding Host, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Music and Outstanding Travel Program.


Saturday Afternoon

12:45 pm Afternoon Reception,
1:30 pm Screening with 15 min break between films

The festival's afternoon program begins with the New York premiere of Steve Fisher's epic kayak expedition down the Congo River and first descent of the world's biggest rapids: "Congo: The Grand Inga Project." Fisher, a team member of the Lowell Thomas Award-winning first descent of the Tsangpo Gorge in 2002, will introduce the film. The second feature documentary is "Bidder 70," George and Beth Gage's multiple award-winning environmental film on Tim Christopher, the University of Utah student who attended a highly disputed federal oil and gas lease auction, bid on and bought land worth $1.7 million and effectively safeguarded 22,000 acres of pristine Utah land adjacent to Canyonlands National Park. Selected short films will also be shown.


Closing Night

6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening
The festival will close Saturday night with an exclusive Explorers Club Members-Only screening of George Butler and Caroline Alexander's eagerly anticipated documentary, "TIGER TIGER," which will take us into the ancient, threatened kingdom of the Royal Bengal Tiger of the Sundarbans at the southernmost edge of the Bengal Delta. Alexander and Butler will introduce the film and answers questions afterward.


Tickets

Opening Night, Friday May 15: $50
All Day Saturday, May 16: $40
Saturday Morning: $20 adults, students, children free.
Saturday Afternoon: $30
Closing Night: Saturday, May 16: $50 (Club Members Only)
Festival pass: $125 (Club Members Only)

Online Ticketing Now Closed. Walk-In tickets for all sessions still available.

For information contact: Les Guthman and Bartle Bull, festival directors: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Epic of Everest (1924)



Ice Climbing Frozen Niagara Falls -
Will Gadd's First Ascent



Born to Explore with Richard Wiese



Congo: The Grand Inga Project



Bidder 70



TIGER, TIGER

Breezy Rehearsal Dinner_Trophy Dinner

7th Explorers Club Film Festival



Opening Night

6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening
The 7th Explorers Club Film Festival opens with the beautifully restored "The Epic of Everest," the legendary 1924 film of George Mallory's fatal Everest expedition, introduced by Tim McHenry, Director of Public Programs and Performance for the Rubin Museum, who will stay for a Q&A after the film. The festival is also proud to feature on Opening Night the short film of Will Gadd's spectacular first ice climb of Niagara Falls just two months ago.


Saturday Morning

9:00 am Coffee and Pastries, 9:30 am Presentation
For the entire family -- students and children FREE - a celebration of "Born to Explore," former Club president Richard Wiese's hit television series for young explorers, which was nominated for five daytime Emmy Awards last month, including Outstanding Host, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Music and Outstanding Travel Program.


Saturday Afternoon

12:45 pm Afternoon Reception,
1:30 pm Screening with 15 min break between films

The festival's afternoon program begins with the New York premiere of Steve Fisher's epic kayak expedition down the Congo River and first descent of the world's biggest rapids: "Congo: The Grand Inga Project." Fisher, a team member of the Lowell Thomas Award-winning first descent of the Tsangpo Gorge in 2002, will introduce the film. The second feature documentary is "Bidder 70," George and Beth Gage's multiple award-winning environmental film on Tim Christopher, the University of Utah student who attended a highly disputed federal oil and gas lease auction, bid on and bought land worth $1.7 million and effectively safeguarded 22,000 acres of pristine Utah land adjacent to Canyonlands National Park. Selected short films will also be shown, including a piece by Club Fellow Gaelin Rosenwaks.


Closing Night

6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening
The festival will close Saturday night with an exclusive Explorers Club Members-Only screening of George Butler and Caroline Alexander's eagerly anticipated documentary, "TIGER TIGER," which will take us into the ancient, threatened kingdom of the Royal Bengal Tiger of the Sundarbans at the southernmost edge of the Bengal Delta. Alexander and Butler will introduce the film and answers questions afterward.


Tickets

Opening Night, Friday May 15: $50
All Day Saturday, May 16: $40
Saturday Morning: $20 adults, students, children free.
Saturday Afternoon: $30
Closing Night: Saturday, May 16: $50 (Club Members Only)
Festival pass: $125 (Club Members Only)

Online Ticketing Now Closed. Walk-In tickets for all sessions still available.

For information contact: Les Guthman and Bartle Bull, festival directors: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Epic of Everest (1924)



Ice Climbing Frozen Niagara Falls -
Will Gadd's First Ascent



Born to Explore with Richard Wiese



Congo: The Grand Inga Project



Bidder 70



TIGER, TIGER

Hold - Oksana Pidhoreckyj Fundraiser Event - 2nd FL - Evening

Hold - Oksana Pidhoreckyj Fundraiser Event - 2nd FL - Evening, per email chain from Will on 2/3

D HOLD President's Office & Roosevelt Room for PLUTOPALOOZA

D HOLD President's Office & Roosevelt Room for PLUTOPALOOZA

Date: 05-13-15

Pluto-Palooza - NASA's New Horizons Mission to Pluto

NASA’s NEW HORIZONS
The First-Ever Mission to the Pluto System and the Kuiper Belt

Wednesday May 13th, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the presentation for free.

Pluto-Palooza New York at The Explorers Club features Principal Investigator Dr. Alan Stern, leader of the mission team; Cathy Olkin, Deputy Project Scientist; Marc Buie, New Horizons Co-Investigator; and Tiffany Finley, who as a graduate student helped design, build and test the Student Dust Counter and is now a member of the Science Operations Team. Together they will present a dynamic and richly-illustrated overview of the mission and the men and women who make it possible, leaving time for interaction and one-on-one encounters.

The New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the Pluto system and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation. New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007, and began a six-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in early 2015. Pluto closest approach occurs on July 14, 2015. If NASA approves an extended mission, the spacecraft could head farther into the Kuiper Belt to examine one or two of the ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region, at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit.




Sending a spacecraft on this long journey will help answer basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres on these bodies. The National Academy of Sciences ranked the exploration of the Kuiper Belt – including Pluto – as being of the highest priority for solar system research. New Horizons seeks to understand where Pluto and its moons “fit in” with the other objects in the solar system, such as the inner rocky or “terrestrial” planets (Earth, Mars, Venus and Mercury) and the outer gas giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune). Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, belong to a third category known as “ice dwarfs.” They have solid surfaces but, unlike the terrestrial planets, a significant portion of their mass is icy material.

Using Hubble Space Telescope images, New Horizons team members such as Principal Investigator Alan Stern (Southwest Research Institute, SwRI), Project Scientist Hal Weaver (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory) and Co-Investigator Mark Showalter (SETI Institute) have discovered four previously unknown moons of Pluto: Nix, Hydra, Styx and Kerberos. And in the last few months before Close Approach the team will be on the lookout for possible new moons and even a ring system that may prove a threat to the spacecraft.

A close-up look at these worlds from the spacecraft promises to reveal an incredible story about the origins and outskirts of our solar system. New Horizons also will explore – for the first time – how ice dwarf planets like Pluto and Kuiper Belt bodies have evolved over time.

New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever launched, is traveling the farthest to reach its primary target, and is the first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. The United States has been the first nation to reach every planet from Mercury to Neptune with a space probe. If New Horizons is successful, it will allow the U.S. to complete the initial reconnaissance of the solar system.



Dr. Alan Stern is the New Horizons Principal Investigator, leading the mission team and serving as PI of two instruments aboard the craft: the Alice UV spectrometer and the Ralph Visible Imager/IR Spectrometer. A planetary scientist, space program executive, author and aerospace consultant whose clients include Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Naveen Jain’s Moon Express Google Lunar X-Prize team, Dr. Stern has a storied career in space exploration and commercial space flight. His academic focus is on studies of our solar system’s Kuiper belt and Oort cloud, comets, the satellites of the outer planets, the Pluto system and the search for evidence of solar systems around other stars, and he has over 25 years of experience developing space instruments. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Stern served as NASA’s chief of all science missions, overseeing a record 10 major new flight projects and the implementation of NASA’s education and public outreach programs; in 2007, he was named to Time’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Dr. Stern’s work has taken him from the South Pole to the upper atmosphere. Currently an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO, he is training to fly a series of suborbital space research missions with Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace later this year and into 2016.

Cathy Olkin is a New Horizons Deputy Project Scientist and a member of the Pluto Encounter Planning team, and works in the Office of the Principal Investigator at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. Cathy is a planetary scientist with interest in the icy worlds of the outer solar system. She’s deeply committed to education and outreach and has been a coach in FIRST Lego League robotics competitions, and mentors both undergraduates and younger students.

Marc Buie is a New Horizons Co-Investigator, currently working at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. Pluto has been a major focus of Marc’s research since 1983, and he was a founding member of the so-called “Pluto Underground” that has been promoting America’s first mission to the 9th. planet, starting in 1989. More recently he discovered the Kuiper Belt Objects that New Horizons might fly on to after the Pluto encounter, if NASA approves an extended mission. He also has a project (tnorecon.net) that is enlisting students to help measure the sizes of many objects in the Kuiper Belt. Marc is also interested in protecting Earth from asteroids and is part of a team attempting the first privately funded deep-space survey mission (b612foundation.org). Says Marc, “I may be thin-blooded transplant from Louisiana but my imagination always runs away with me when thinking about the super cold and complex environment on Pluto.”

Tiffany Finley is a Principal Engineer in the Space Operations Department, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder CO. After studying at MIT as an undergraduate, she earned her MS degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder, and was a member of the team that designed, built and tested the “Venetia Burney Student Dust Counter” (VBSDC), currently the only student-built instrument on a major NASA mission. (Venetia Burney was the English schoolgirl who proposed the name “Pluto” when the planet was discovered in 1930.) Tiffany is now Manager of the “Tombaugh Science Operations Center” at SwRI, and a member of the sequencing team working with the LORRI camera that is taking long range images of the Pluto system for both scientific and navigation purposes. Tiffany also continues working with the Student Dust Counter.



Tickets for the evening are Free for Explorers Club Members and $20 for non-members.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm, followed by the presentation at 7:00pm. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A session, with the New Horizons team fielding questions from those in attendance.

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

You can learn more about the New Horizons Mission here.

Follow the team on twitter and get the latest updates on the spacecraft here!

For more information about Pluto-Palooza please contact:

Geoff Haines-Stiles or Erna Akuginow, 973.656.9403
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Date: 5/13/2015

NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. William Grassie


Our Common Story: An Introduction to Big History


Typically, science is taught as separate specializations, and history is divided into different time periods and geographic regions. Big History is unique in the integration of all these different specializations, periods, and regions into a single narrative account of the 13.8 billion-year history of our universe, the 4.5 billion-year evolution of our planet, the 6 million-year rise of our species, and the 10,000-year accelerating drama of human civilization. For the first time, humans now have a common story that transcends all of our ethnic, linguistic, religious, and ideological differences. The meaning of this new Big History, however, is an open question. This lecture is an introduction to Big History and an exploration of what it might mean for humanity in the Anthropocene, the new era in which human activity begins to dominate evolutionary and geological processes on the planet.


Photo courtesy of anthropocene.info

Our guide is William Grassie, a student of Big History for over twenty years. Grassie is an interdisciplinary scholar, academic entrepreneur, social activist, and accomplished author. During his school years, he hitchhiked some 30,000 kilometers throughout North America and Europe. He has worked as a newspaper boy, farm hand, house painter, dish washer, janitor, night watchman, caddy, caretaker of multiply handicapped children, apprentice in a ceramic studio, camp counselor, beekeeper, computer consultant, real estate manager, and general contractor, among other jobs. Billy received a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College, and then worked for ten years on nuclear disarmament, citizen diplomacy, community organizing, and sustainability issues in Washington, D.C, Jerusalem, Philadelphia, and West Berlin. He completed a Ph.D. in Religion from Temple University, where he wrote a dissertation entitled Reinventing Nature: Science Narratives as Myths for an Endangered Planet (1994). He has taught at Temple University, as well as at Swarthmore College, Pendle Hill, and the University of Pennsylvania. A recipient of academic awards and grants from the American Friends Service Committee, the Roothbert Fellowship, and the John Templeton Foundation, Billy served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow in the Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 2007–2008. He was the founding director of the Metanexus Institute, which promotes scientifically rigorous and philosophically open-ended exploration of foundational questions. Metanexus has worked with partners at some 400 universities in 45 countries and publishes an online journal. He has authored The New Sciences of Religion: Exploring Spirituality from the Outside In and Bottom Up (2010) and a collection of essays, Politics by Other Means: Science and Religion in the 21st Century (2010). Billy enjoys many sports, including hiking, skiing, sailing, scuba, tennis, yoga, and dance.

For more information, visit grassie.net.

Photo courtesy of bighistoryproject.com

Date: 05/11/2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

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

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

T-hold Lesley Goldberg

Hold - Milbry Polk Board Office Meeting on 3 1/2 - 1pm - 4pm

Around and Over with Erden Eruç

Erden Eruç is the leading ocean rower in the world today. He is the recipient of the 2013 Citation of Merit from The Explorers Club, and one of the 2013 Adventurers of the Year – “nine individuals changing the face of global adventure” selected by the Outside Magazine. He is already listed in the 2009, 2012 and 2014 Guinness books of World Records.

Among his records are:
•   The first to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world by human power
•   The first to row the three oceans: Atlantic, Pacific and Indian
•   The first to row across an ocean from southern hemisphere to northern
•   The longest distance rowed across the Atlantic Ocean
•   The most experienced ocean rower alive with a career total of 876 days
•   The longest career distance rowed on oceans by nearly 29,000 nautical miles
•   The longest nonstop time at sea for a solo ocean rower by 312 days

He is a long-time Seattle resident and founder of the Seattle based 501(c)(3) nonprofit Around-n-Over with a mission to educate and inspire children. Human powered journeys are the source of their dispatches from the field. To date, Around-n-Over has raised and applied over $100k toward educational projects.

Erden recently completed the first solo circumnavigation by human power which took 5 years and 11 days. What started as a simple idea in 1997, tracing his finger across a world map hanging on the wall while working in a software development lab, would become his quiet obsession. An unfortunate accident which claimed the life of Göran Kropp while rock climbing together in eastern Washington in September of 2002, finally put him in motion. “Life is short, get on with it” was the message.

IN MEMORIAM – Six Summits Project

In memory of Göran Kropp, Erden decided to reach the highest summit on different continents except Antarctica. He would do so by human power as had Göran in his 1996 bicycle trip to climb Everest. In 2003, Erden summited Mt. McKinley after bicycling to Alaska towing his climbing gear like Göran and walking the length of the Kahiltna Glacier. During his circumnavigation by human power, he summited Kosciuszko in 2010 and Kilimanjaro in 2011. Aconcagua, Elbrus and Everest remain on Erden’s list of priorities over the coming years.

A TIMELY PROJECT – Row for Peace

Erden is teaming up with Australian and British partners in May 2015 to take his rowboat from New York to Gallipoli in Turkey. This will commemorate the Centenary of Gallipoli Campaign. Multiple flags will be flown on the rowboat to honor shared sacrifices, to celebrate reconciliation and to emphasize value of peace. By the summer of 2016, this memorial project may be over unless further funding enables rowing the boat back to the USA. Each of these rows will establish historic firsts and break existing Guinness records, making them worthwhile endeavors.

For more information visit Around-n-Over.org.

Date: May 6th, 2015

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

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

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).

Member Tickets: Free

Guest Tickets: $20

Hold - Carrie Manfrino - Central Carribean Marine Institute Event - Luncheon

Hold - Carrie Manfrino - Central Carribean Marine Institute Event Luncheon

Hold - George Gowen Event - Clark Room - 6-8pm

Hi Kevin,

George Gowen would like to reserve the Clark Room on May 5 form 6-8 PM. He'll be in touch with NY Catering later but wants to make sure the room is booked.

Thanks,
Mimi

NYC - Public Lecture Series featuring Shannon Galpin


Mountain to Mountain -
A Journey Through Afghanistan



National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Shannon Galpin has spent the past six years working and exploring Afghanistan by bike, motorcycle, horse, skis, and by foot. A full time activist and humanitarian Shannon has visited Afghanistan 19 times to work on projectswith local photographers, artists, athletes, and activists on a variety of projects to empower the voice of women and girls. Sparked by a desire to understand women’s rights in a country mostly portrayed by war, terrorism, poverty and oppression in the media. Shannon has recently published a memoir, Mountain to Mountain, about her experiences in Afghanistan, and her journey to becoming an activist.

An avid mountain biker in Colorado, she was the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan in 2009, a country that where cycling is taboo for women and girls. She continued to ride in various areas of the country and found the bike to be an incredible icebreaker for authentic conversations and cultural exchanges. Believing that the bicycle is a vehicle for social justice and a symbol of freedom, she now supports the first generation of women to ride as part of the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team. The bike was integral part of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States and many other countries, and controversial because it allowed women independent mobility.

Shannon founded her non profit, Mountain2Mountain in 2006 with the vision of empowering women and girls in conflict zones. Her work across Afghanistan includes supporting education initiatives, working in the women’s prisons, supporting workshops for graffiti artists, creating computers labs, and the creation of a deaf school in Kabul. Her work is now soley focused on supporting the burgeoning cycling movement in Afghanistan.

She is producing a documentary film about these women, Afghan Cycles, to release in 2016. Her groundbreaking Streets of Afghanistan street art exhibition combined the work of Afghan and Western photographers in a life size pop up installation that was set up in the villages and public spaces around the country. A frequent TEDx speaker, Shannon’s overarching belief is in the power of voice and individual action to create change. Shannon has been featured in New York Times, BBC World, CNN, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, ESPN, NPR, Outside Magazine, among others.

Shannon is the author of the photography book, Streets of Afghanistan, and her recently published memoir, Mountain to Mountain, both of which will be available for sale and signing after her lecture.

Date: 05/04/2015

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

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

Member Ticket price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-served 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)

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Saturday Science for Students with Dr. Betty Borowsky


From Jamaica Bay, New York, to Frasassi Caves, Italy: How I Learned That Animals Without Eyes Can Detect Light


Dr. Betty Borowsky earned her Ph.D. in Physiological Ecology of Marine Invertebrates at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She was awarded a Jesse Smith Noyes Post-Doctoral Fellowship to continue her studies at the New York Aquarium. After that, she joined the Nassau County Health Department as the Director of Planning and Data Management, then joined Nassau Community College, where she is Associate Professor of Biology. Dr. Borowsky is very active in environmental education activities in Nassau County. She is currently the President of the South Shore Audubon Society, and a member of the Boards of the Friends of Tackapausha Preserve, the Friends of Hempstead Plains, and the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Oyster Bay.

Breakfast will be served before the lecture.

Date: 05-02-15

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: The Explorers Club (Trophy Room), 46 E. 70th Street, New York, NY 10021

Member Ticket price: FREE

Guest Ticket Price: $10

Student Ticket Price:

FREE with a valid (academic) student ID

Reservation Notes:

Seats are secured on a first come, first served basis. For reservations, please contact 212.628.8383; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)







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