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Presidential Dinner with Julian Monroe Fisher

"Fisher's expeditions across the planet have done far more than tick off feats of mega-trekking prowess, they are essential aspects of his ethnological and geographic research."

— National Geographic

Spanning three decades of exploration around the globe, Explorer and Anthropologist Julian Monroe Fisher has focused his attention in the last years on Africa where he conducted six Explorers Club Flag expeditions. His work has led him into interesting cultural and geographical corners of the continent while researching a wide range of complex and compelling topics.

The Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail is a 500 mile hiking trail established by Fisher during his '2012-2016 Great African Expedition'. The historical route leads village to village from the South Sudanese capital city of Juba into Uganda to the top of Murchison Falls. It connects fifteen geographic points along the route taken by the 19th century explorer Sir Samuel White Baker and his fellow explorer/wife during their search for Lake Albert. Fisher intent is to bring attention to the historically significant locations, the rich cultural diversity of the African kingdoms and a positive spin on an area that today is war torn and disregarded by the media. Since its inauguration in 2014, Fisher's Baker Trail has been highlighted in publications such as National Geographic, CNN Online and Red Bull Magazine.

Other feats of African exploration include the film entitled, 'Primate Questions of Conservation', produced by Fisher and his team in 2007, which explores the thin line between wildlife conservation, in particular that of the primates in Central Africa, and the preservation of the rights, the freedom and the survival of those indigenous people that share the same living space.

In 2008 Fisher was accredited by the Uganda Wildlife Authority for establishing a new trail route in the Rwenzori National Park, the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Fisher and a team of Ugandans explored the water flows from the Rwenzori glaciers to proof Fisher's theory that those glaciers are a source of the River Nile. The team followed the Lamia River successfully down to the Semliki River, on into Lake Albert and north to the River Nile.

Under an official mandate from the Congolese King of Katanga Mwami Mwenda Bantu M'siri Godefroid Munongo Jr., current President of the Forum of African Kings and Traditional chiefs, Fisher searched for the lost skull of King Msiri, the ancestor of King Mwami, during his 2009-2010 'Journey to Katanga' expedition. King Msiri was decapitated by the Captain William Grant Stair's Expedition to Katanga in 1890-91 when King Leopold II sent arguably a team of mercenaries into the Congolese province of Katanga to plant the Free State flag for Belgium. The results of the search for the lost skull of Msiri which were presented to the Kingdom of Katanga and to The Royal Geographical Society of Scotland, opened more questions than answers. Fisher continues to support the kingdom in establishing the Bunkeya Cultural Village to celebrate the rich history and cultural heritage of the Garanganze people of Katanga, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Fisher's most recent projects also include establishing a new hiking trail in the Karamoja region of northern Uganda as well as a new expedition retracing Henry Morton Stanley's last expeditionary route along the Aruwimi River through the Ituri Forest of the Congo.

Julian Monroe Fisher is a Fellow of The Explorers Club and a Fellow with The Royal Geographical Society and a member of the American Anthropological Association.

Date: June 2nd, 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, May 27th, 2016. Non-members are welcome to reserve a seat as the nominal guest of Daryl Hawk MR ’98, organizer of the Presidential Dinner.

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