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Debra Teramo Private Event_Second Floor_Evening

Arizona State University_Julie Russ_Second Floor

Carl Safina_Second Floor_Evening

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Kids Halloween_See Ann P

World 50x Summit_All Day_All Rooms

World 50x Summit_All Day_All Rooms

American Friends Of Attingham_Second Floor and Gallery_Evening

Columbus Day_Club Closed

Lowell Thomas Weekend

Lowell Thomas Weekend

Lowell Thomas Weekend

Richard Bangs_Private Event_Second Floor

Climate Week

Climate Week

Fergus Beley_Second Floor_Ann P

Climate Week

Climate Week

Fergus Beley_Second Floor_Ann P

Climate Week

Paul Rosolie Lecture

T-Hold - Ann Passer - Welcome Back

T-Hold - Ann Passer - Welcome Back

Lacey Tour_10:30am

Squirrel Census

Squirrel Census

Rhinos and Elephants_Alan Kisner

Glass John Stuart Gordon

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Young Explorers Program

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Cornell Neurology_Second Floor_Evening_Ashley Aaroe

Christopher Heinz_Private Event_Second Floor

Young Explorers Program

Summit 50x_All Rooms_All Day

Summit 50x_All Rooms_All Day

National Museums Scotland_Private Event_Second Floor_Evening

Hold - Ann Holocaust Archaeologist

Saturday Science

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Hold - Bugs or Monkeys

Hold - Greely Lecture

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Rick Sharp_Second Floor

Erling Cragge_Ann P_Second Floor_Evening

Erling Cragge_Ann P_Second Floor_Evening

Public Lecture Series with David Rothenberg

Saturday Science

Young Explorers Program

Summit 50x - NY Catering

Summit 50x - NY Catering

Club Closed - Easter Weekend

Easter Sunday 2019

Elena_Clark Art Event_Second Floor_Evening

Hold - Edelman / North Face / Emily Chen - 2nd FL Evening

Possible Presidential Dinner_Ann Passer

Steven Schwankert

Rolex - OWUSS Symposium

Annual OWUSS Symposium
2nd floor
Morning /afternoon event
Request by Dustin Longest on 4/4/18

Empowers Africa Event_Member’s Lounge and Second Floor

Brittany Badik_Second Floor

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Trilogy of Nations: Japan, Korea, and China with Sam Mehta

Public Lecture Series with Sam Mehta

During the last ice age, the sea level was low enough to expose Japan, Korea and China as a part of the single landmass. The story of these East Asian countries has been interlinked ever since. China of course is the largest and had the most influence on Japan and Korea. The Chinese-influenced cultures have evolved differently based on their unique geography, history and culture. However, they are many similarities, thus appropriately the three great economies of Japan, Korea and China are often referred to as a trilogy of nations.

Throughout the history of Japan, Korea and China, a cultural legacy of Confucianism was infused into each country’s respective societies and had a profound effect on all aspects of life. Buddhism spread from China to Korea and Japan that helped shape spiritual codes of the societies. Contacts with European traders and missionaries shaped developments in the later centuries leading to a dramatic period of WWII. Since then the three great nations have chosen to shed feudal or imperial systems of government and experimented with communism or capitalism. Japan, Korea and China represent three good examples of modern economic miracles that have lifted millions of people out of poverty. However, they all have unique challenges as the 21st century unfolds and are pursuing different course for continued prosperity.

Sam Mehta’s presentation will take a deeper view of Japan. Japan’s influence from the Mainland China shaped foundations of the Japanese culture. However, because of Japan’s relative isolation of the archipelago gave rise a very distinct character found nowhere else in the region. Japan’s history is marked by an alternating period isolation from and connection with the neighbors with dramatic transformation of nation after WW II. Sam Mehta aims to show through his lens and narration, the character of this cultural Galapagos full of contracts between modern and traditional. Sam hopes to present diversity of Japanese landscapes, sites, architecture, arts and crafts, costumes, tea ceremony, exotic foods, pop culture, festivals and lingering legacy of Shintoism, Buddhism and Confucianism that continue to shape the Japanese way of life.

Through his images and words Sam will attempt to share fascinating people and places of Japan and highlight cultural elements that bind the trilogy together and self-interests and contractions that pull them apart. Sam will paint the state of current affairs. Japan is facing an aging and a declining population over the next few decades. Sam will share his views on Japan’s other key challenges ahead as the 21st century unfolds. Japan is nation in search of a new path since its progress is at standstill for the last two decades.

There are lesson to be learned from the West and West too has lessons to learn from Japan’s experiences. The story of Japan has implications of all with accelerating forces of globalization and mind-blowing technological changes and that is why this presentation is relevant for all.



Sam Mehta is a retired corporate executive with a life-long passion for exploration, photography, outdoors and adventure travels. He has travelled the world to many exotic destinations. The content of today’s lecture will be included in Sam’s third coffee-table book titled “The Trilogy of Nations: Japan, Korea and China”.

Sam donates 100% of the proceeds from the sale of his books to the American Himalayan Foundation’s STOP Girl Trafficking program.

Sam has been a photo enthusiast all his adult life. He shoots in digital format using Canon 5D cameras with various Canon lenses. He is an active member of the The Explorers Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

He is a graduate of New York Institute of Photography. His formal education includes an MBA from Columbia University, New York and a BS in Engineering from BITS, India.

Date: Monday April 8, 2019

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

Reservation Notes:

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Sailing Stories 2019

Sailing Stories is day focused on sailing-based exploration and conservation. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

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

Speakers, their topics, a full schedule, and ticketing will all be available soon! Follow us here online, and on our social media, for the latest updates!

Date: Saturday, April 6

Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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

Hold - Sailing Stories

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Benjamin Ringe - Mowlgis Annual Event

UN Event_Second Floor

Tartan Night

Saturday Science

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Voice Experience_Faanya Rose_Second Floor

Darrell Hartman_Film_Second Floor

Rebecca Gardner

All Hands and Hearts_Second Floor_Evening

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ECAD Sunday 2019

The 115th Explorers Club Annual Dinner



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As the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 fast approaches, we find ourselves with a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the pioneers of the space program. The 115th Explorers Club Annual Dinner will be a extraordinary gathering and fitting toast to all living Apollo Moonwalkers, Astronauts, and Engineers, alongside our incredible Awardees, and all those they inspired—in one room, on one night—in Times Square in New York City.

Friday, March 15

   5:00 - 6:00 pm - New Member Reception
   6:00 - 9:00 pm - Weekend Welcome Party for All Ticket Holders
      Explorers Club Headquarters

Saturday, March 16

   Morning - Saturday Activities Announcement Coming Soon!
   5:30 pm - VIP Cocktail Reception, early check-in
   6:15 pm - General Cocktail Reception, world-famous exotics & silent auction
   7:00 pm - Black Tie Awards Dinner, live auction, and surprises in store!
      The Broadway Lounge & Ballroom, Marriott Marquis Times Square

Sunday, March 17

   10:00 am - Annual Meeting - Open to Explorers Club Voting Members ONLY
   12:00 pm - Lunch
   1:00 pm - Sunday Presentations Begin
   5:00 pm - High Tea
      Explorers Club Headquarters


The Explorers Club Medal

Kenneth Lacovara, Ph.D., FN ‘03

Dr. Kenneth Lacovara has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk our planet, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus. In his quest to understand these titanic creatures, Lacovara blends exploration in remote locations across the globe with the latest imaging and modeling techniques from engineering to medicine. He is the founding Dean of the School of Earth & Environment at Rowan University and Director of the Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park.


The Citation of Merit

Michael Eliot Barth, MI ’12
& the RCA Centennial Expedition Team

The Roy Chapman Andrews Centennial Expedition to the Gobi Desert was conceived in the spirit of Roy Chapman Andrews’ original Central Asiatic Expedition. The 35-person multi-disciplinary team is credited as being the first to apply specific NASA imaging and mapping technologies to the work of paleontological fossil prospecting.

In addition to leading this expedition, Michael Barth is the founder and current chair of the Hong Kong Chapter. Since 2013 he has worked to expand the Club’s mission and base of operations in Asia.


The Finn Ronne Memorial Award

Dr. James B. McClintock, FN ‘16

Dr. McClintock’s research focuses on aspects of marine invertebrate nutrition, reproduction, and primarily Antarctic marine chemical ecology. He is also a world authority on the impacts of rapid climate change and ocean acidification on Antarctic marine algae and invertebrates. He is the Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy.


The Sweeney Medal

Milbry C. Polk, FR ‘95

Milbry C. Polk has served as an elected Member of the Board of Directors since 2016. She has co-chaired multiple Annual Dinners and acts as the Reviews and Contributing Editor of The Explorers Journal. She is also a co-organizer of the Polar Film Festival and helped to establish the Explorers Club-Adventure Canada Young Explorers Program. In addition to her work for the Club, Milbry co-founded and was Executive Director of Wings WorldQuest, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women at the leading edge of science and discovery. She is also a prolific author – among her writings are Women of Discovery and Egyptian Mummies.


The New Explorer Award

Ian R. Mangiardi, MN ‘12

Ian Mangiardi is a Wilderness-EMT, chef, writer, and producer. He is also the founder of The Dusty Camel, a non-profit organization that consults on expedition planning at all levels. His most recent project involved orchestrating a three-week scientific expedition across the Gobi Desert using multi-spectral imaging and drone technologies in collaboration with the Institute of Paleontology and Geology to lay the foundation for the next generation of Paleontology in Mongolia.













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ECAD Friday 2019

ECAD Thursday 2019

Chapter Chair Workshop

2nd Floor
10am Workshop start, 3pm end
Not sure if there's breakfast before.
See Synnove.

ECAD Wednesday 2019 - Edelman Press Event

ECAD Tuesday 2019

The Black Market World of Rhino Poaching Kingpins with Kathi Lynn Austin

Explorers Club Public Lecture Series with Kathi Lynn Austin

Kathi Lynn Austin will take guests on an intrepid journey into a three-year, six-country investigation of a global gunrunning network that helped launch and fuel industrial-level rhino poaching in Southern Africa. Along the way, guests will discover the black market tricks of the trade allowing wildlife crime villains to flourish. New light will be shed on the causes and potential solutions for what has become a full-fledged rhino crisis as guests are drawn into the shadowy world of gunrunners and wildlife smugglers operating much closer to home than imagined.

With 3 rhinos killed a day, the rhino species is nearing extinction. So rather than investigate each rhino murder in Africa as a separate case, Kathi Lynn Austin treated them as serial crimes. In a race against time, she tracked and traced the bullets and guns recovered at rhino poaching crime scenes same as if she were in hot pursuit of a serial killer.

Working her way from the African killing fields through Vietnamese and Czech Republic mafia circles to the illegal purchase of hunting rifles in Las Vegas, Ms. Austin collected evidence to build a dossier on each of the rhino poaching kingpins involved. Her findings are now at the heart of law enforcement and congressional investigations spanning three continents, including in the U.S. Her investigation was most recently broadcast in a TV documentary Follow The Guns and featured in a New York Times article: How Did Rifles With an American Stamp End Up in the Hands of African Poachers?



Kathi Lynn Austin is a former United Nations arms trafficking expert who exposed and help bring down one of the most notorious merchants of death—Viktor Bout—a Russian now serving prison time on terrorism charges in the U.S. She is the founder and current director of the Conflict Awareness Project, a non-governmental organization dedicated to investigating, documenting and bringing to justice major arms traffickers, war profiteering networks, and transnational criminal operations that fuel conflict, pillage and human rights abuses around the world.

For over 30 years, Ms. Austin has carried out precedent-setting field investigations spanning Africa, Latin America, East and Central Europe and South Asia. Her work has been featured on major media worldwide, including the New York Times, CNN, NPR, BBC, and Al Jazeera. Her award-winning documentaries include Follow The Guns (2018); Killing Tradition: The Arming of Africa (2002); Forsaken Cries: The Story of Rwanda (1997); and Africa: Environmental Degradation, Human Deprivation (1994). In 2012, she starred in A Short Film About Guns (winner, 2013 Tribeca Film Festival). In 2011, she was named Arms Control Association’s “Person of the Year.”

Ms. Austin has served as an arms trafficking expert for the United Nations Security Council as well as chief of analysis for United Nations peacekeeping operations. She has also been a lead investigator, senior advisor and expert consultant for a broad array of multi-lateral institutions and non-governmental organizations. Since she disappears on her investigations in global hot spots for long stretches of time, Ms. Austin’s mother blames her for putting all the grey hairs on her head.

Date: Monday, March 11

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 academic ID at door

Reservation Notes:

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You may also call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Endometreosis Foundation of America Conference_Second Floor_Evening

Lamont_Daytime

9am to 2pm

2nd fl

See Britt

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Tour_3pm

Hold - Patrick Morell - Tantric Heart

T-Hold - Jackson Hole FF

Atlas Obscura Tour_1pm

T-Hold - Jackson Hole FF

Young Explorers Program















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