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NYC - President's Dinner feat. Caroline Alexander


Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition
and the Shadow of the Great 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 the summer of 1914, the Norwegian-built barquentine Endurance headed south from England, carrying the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition under the leadership of renowned polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. With the race to the South Pole won by Norway, Shackleton had set his sights on another prize, the first crossing of the Antarctic continent. This dream was dashed when the Endurance was crushed by ice and Shackleton and his 27 men found themselves castaways in the most remote place on earth. Shackleton’s quest for glory became a fight merely to survive.

The Endurance had left British waters on August 8, 1914—four days after England declared war with Germany. The war flickers through the pages of the diaries the men kept on the ice, and was to impact their lives on their return. Illustrated by expeditionary photographer Frank Hurley's unrivaled images, this lecture will pay centenary tribute to this remarkable saga of survival, but as seen against the backdrop of the First World War.

Caroline Alexander is the author of seven books of non-fiction including the international best-sellers The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition and The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty, now under development for a TV mini-series. A contributing writer for National Geographic Magazine, Alexander has also written for The New Yorker, Smithsonian and Outside among other publications.

Between 1982-85, Alexander established a department of Classics at the University of Malawi, in Central-East Africa; her new translation of the Iliad is to be published by Harper Collins’ Ecco Press in September 2015.



A brief WWI Centennial Commemoration of Explorers Club servicemen will precede the lecture:

Lindley Young will present research on Explorers Club members who served in WWI. Rodney Hilton Brown will show us rare WWI artifacts from his important war collection. Helen Breen will lead us in a selection of popular WWI songs and Faanya Rose will explain the symbolic WWI importance of the red poppy and present rare images of WWI military men in the colorful, exotic, multifarious uniforms of the British empire. The ceremony will conclude with The Sounding of The Last Post and TAPS.

Date: 12/2/2014

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

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

Member Ticket Price: $65

Guest Ticket Price: $70

Reservation Notes:

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Cancellation/”No Show” Policy:
* If a reservation is canceled after Friday, November 28th, there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
* There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

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