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Public Lecture Series with David Thoreson

OVER THE HORIZON: Exploring the Edges of a Changing Planet

David Thoreson FN ’16 will share stories of adventure as the first American to sail the Arctic’s Northwest Passage in both directions, including an eye-witness account of the climate change impacts to sensitive Arctic and ocean environments. His presentation includes visual stories of three Arctic expeditions aboard small sailboats. It stitches these voyages together with history, photography, trip planning, satellite data, wildlife, native villages, and changes in the environment which have contributed to loss of Arctic ice.

Thoreson seems to have been on adventures most of his life, whether bicycling around the United States, Canada and New Zealand or exploring the oceans and polar regions of the world. In 2007, David and the crew of Cloud Nine became the first American sailors in history to transit the Northwest Passage from the east to the west. In 2009, sailing aboard the scientifically-equipped, Ocean Watch, David became the only American sailor to ever navigate the Northwest Passage in both directions. In June of 2010, David completed the 28,000-mile circumnavigation by sail of the North and South American continents on the 64-foot Ocean Watch.

David's work has appeared across a broad spectrum of media from the National Park Service and Smithsonian to the Wall Street Journal and PBS.

With his unique education and experiences, David is speaking and presenting publicly about modern exploration and major environmental issues, such as climate change, ocean acidification, plastics in the ocean, arctic ice loss, energy and resource development. David has built dynamic presentations, exhibits and documentary films utilizing his adventures to bring these important issues into context.

Date: Monday, June 12

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

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

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price: $5 with a valid student ID at the door

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