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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Russell Gammon

The people of Africa have always revered great storytellers, since they were the custodians of the continents rich and varied history. Russell Gammon has taken this tradition - of sharing history through epic storytelling - and bought it into the modern era and in so doing, has helped to preserve a dying art form. This epic tale will transport you through time, to travel with Livingstone every step of the way, from the dizzying heights of the discovery of the Victoria Falls, to the dark and harrowing days spent fighting against the slave traders in East Africa.

In an iconic career that spanned over 30 years on the African Continent, Livingstone traversed over 28,000 miles of uncharted territory, which he mapped by hand. He did this at a time when the average life expectancy for a European in the interior of Africa was 6 months. His first epic journey heralded the golden era of African Exploration and launched the career’s of Speke, Burton, Stanley, Baker, Cameroon and Grant. Born into poverty and obscurity, he would rise up to be eulogized upon his death as the most important man of his generation. From his discovery of Victoria Falls in 1855, to his final journey and ultimate sacrifice that would close the slave markets of East Africa forever, his is the most compelling and remarkable story in Africa’s recent history.

Russell Gammon traces his ancestry in Zimbabwe back over 100 years to his Great Grandfather, Jack Meikle, who first entered the country as a transport rider in 1892. Having inherited his ancestors wanderlust and love of the wilderness, Russell has spent the last 25 years as a Safari Guide leading small groups on private safari all over Southern and East Africa, and is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest Professional Guides on the continent today.

In November 2005, Gammon was invited to join an expedition led by the legendary British Polar Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, to retrace the last few days of Livingstone’s journey to Victoria Falls and commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the event. More recently, Russell was featured on a PBS & National Geographic documentary on Livingstone’s life.

Date: 10/20/2014

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 secured on a first-come, first-served basis.

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