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Public Lecture Series with Mark Siddall - Monday, April 30

The Bloodsucker Proxy: Terrestrial Leeches and Revolutionary New Techniques For Genetic Forest Sampling - Use of leeches in medicine has advanced beyond its thousands-year old Ayurvedic origins in bloodletting. Oddly, the last 200 years have seen leeches intersecting with numerous significant advances in medical sciences including clinical medicine, the invention of dialysis, reconstructive surgery and even microsurgery. Beyond mere medical utility, recent advances from Mark Siddall’s international field program has led to the development of leeches as a tool for studying biodiversity.

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Sneak Preview Screening - "Mountain" - Tuesday, May 1

Mountain is a vertiginous juxtaposition of image and music that explores the powerful force that mountains hold over our imaginations. Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros, and helicopters, the filmmakers have fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heli-skiers, wingsuiters snowboarders and parachuting mountain bikers. Willem Dafoe provides a narration sampled from British mountaineer Robert Macfarlane's acclaimed memoir Mountains of the Mind. A classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra accompanies this majestic cinematic experience.

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Explorers Club Roundtable: "Rewilding" America - Thursday, May 3

As economic patterns shift, land use is changing and human populations are abandoning vast regions of the planet. These redistributions have created space for a relatively new idea in conservation: “rewilding,” whose advocates have pushed for the active return of land once used for farming, ranching, and other human purposes to a more ‘natural,’ pre-industrial state. “Rewilding” is redefining 21st-century frontiers, both physically and philosophically. But it is also controversial, especially when the subject is the reintroduction of wolves—as happened in Yellowstone in the nineties—and other predators. The Explorers Club is proud to have the participation of two leading authorities in the “rewilding” debate: Dr. Kyran Kunkel and Maggie Howell

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Chasing New Horizons with Alan Stern and David Grinspoon - Saturday, May 5

Join us for the up close, inside story of the greatest space exploration project of our time, New Horizons’ mission to Pluto. On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than 3 billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per hour, focusing its instruments on the long mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then, just as quickly, continued on its journey out into the beyond. This is the story of the men and women behind this amazing mission, the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, and fly it, and of the plans for New Horizons’ next encounter, 1 billion miles past Pluto in 2019. Told from the insider’s perspective of mission leader and Explorers Club Fellow Dr. Alan Stern, this event is a riveting account of scientific discovery, and of how much we humans can achieve when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal.

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Presidential Dinner - Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcast News - Tuesday, May 15

The Explorers Club Film Committee invites you to a special Presidential Dinner and screening of the feature documentary Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcast News. Join us for a rich evening devoted to this globetrotting writer, broadcaster, and distinguished member of The Explorers Club. If you watch a news video today, listen to a newscast or download a podcast, then you are benefiting from the work of Lowell Thomas. As Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Dalai Lama and many others explain in this lively film about a dynamo of a man, Lowell Thomas invented what is now often celebrated or disparaged as “traditional journalism.”

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Public Lecture Series with Steve Elkins "Lost City of the Monkey God" - Monday, May 21

The Lost City of the Monkey God: Legends, Discoveries, Consequences, and Legacy - Since 1526, when the conquistador, Hernan Cortes first wrote about the legends of a hidden civilization in the rainforest of what is now known as the Mosquitia in eastern Honduras, explorers have been trying to find it. The place had many names over time but the two most common are Ciudad Blanca and Lost City of the Monkey God. Up until 2012 when Elkins and his team used airborne LIDAR to survey specific target areas determined by his previous research, explorers only returned with scattered evidence, if any… and that is if they returned at all! The Mosquitia is one of the most difficult jungles in the world to navigate with its rugged terrain and 50 meter triple canopy.

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Film Screening - River of Gold - Wednesday, May 23

The Explorers Club Film Committee invites you to a screening of the new documentary film River of Gold and a post-screening discussion. Led by Peruvian biologist Enrique Ortiz, war journalists Ron Haviv and Donavan Webster bear witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the Amazon caused by illegal gold mining. River of Gold exposes this existential threat to thousand-year-old trees, native inhabitants, undiscovered species of plants and insects, and more. Four years after their initial trip, the Peruvian government stages a massive intervention. What will be the fate of the Madre de Rios, a region of priceless biodiversity, as its forests are systematically turned into a wasteland?

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Memorial Day - Club Closed

Explorers Club Headquarters will be closed today, Monday, May 28th, in honor of Memorial Day. We will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, May 29th, at 9:00 am.

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Public Lecture Series with Sean Ahearn - Monday, June 11

Tiger Sustainability: Movement, Interaction and Human Impact in Thailand and MyanmarThe ability to understand tigers and the relationship to their environment changed dramatically when Sean Ahearn and his team first put GPS collars on them in the year 2000. Details of their movement and how they relates to behavior, home range size, interaction within and between species, and their interaction with humans could suddenly be analyzed and quantified. This, combined with other field data from camera traps, occupancy surveys, and smart patrol enabled him to obtain a much more complete picture of tiger biology, the ecological systems they inhabit and human impact on them.

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Public Lecture Series with David Harrison - Monday, June 18

Indigenous peoples around the world are stewards of most of the planet’s biodiversity, and also possess the greatest linguistic and cultural diversity. These three domains—Environment, Language, Culture—are critically interconnected. As entire domains of knowledge about the natural world vanish with disappearing languages, humanity’s ability to sustainably manage diverse ecosystems diminishes. Plant and animal species that are well known to local people but not yet known to science enter a twilight of extinction risk. As a Linguist and Anthropologist, David Harrison spent the last two decades working closely with indigenous communities to help sustain their languages and knowledge.

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The 2018 Lowell Thomas Awards - Call to Nominations

Engineering Exploration

October 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts

As a community dedicated to preserving the instinct to explore, we have always valued curiosity, determination, and ingenuity. For the 2018 Lowell Thomas Awards, we will celebrate individuals who have demonstrated the skills necessary to engineer a successful expedition.

The term “engineer” is derived from the Latin ingenium, meaning “cleverness” and ingeniare, meaning to “contrive or devise.” Therefore a qualified candidate should possess the ability to orchestrate and execute noteworthy field expeditions. A nominee may be a technical engineer or coordinator, but he or she may also be an invaluable participant or someone without whom the logistics or success of an expedition would not be possible.

Candidates could include, for example:

•   Field scientists crafting unique solutions to complex problems;
•   Educators or explorers who highlight the importance of mechanical and procedural innovation;
•   Individuals who, by their work, have inspired exploration (including, but not limited to conservation, anthropology, archeology, or any of the other field sciences);
•   Artists, photographers, and documentary filmmakers whose work utilizes or highlights a genuine sense of invention in applied science.

ECAD 2018 Photos

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We are happy to share photo galleries from our 114th Annual Dinner, held last month at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Celebrating Next Generation Exploration, the dinner was a tremendous success - honoring the best and brightest in exploration.

The galleries are broken into 3 folders, each named after the photographer who took the photos. All photos are available for download directly off the google drive folder.

Please feel free to download and share the photos on your personal social media pages, and with your friends! If you have any interest in using the photos for media or commercial purposes, please direct inquiries to Kevin Murphy at Club Headquarters - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check-out our latest President’s Video Report, highlighting the Club’s ECAD weekend along with our latest activities and a “video look” at our Chapters around the world, click here to launch the video.

Lastly, if you’d like to see some of the tremendous press coverage of the dinner, please click here to download a PDF of coverage, compiled by Edelman PR.

President’s Video Report

Fellow Explorers:

It is an exciting time at The Explorers Club, coupling our highly successful ECAD and other significant Club programs with welcoming our 44th President, Richard Wiese.

Please join us now for our latest PRESIDENT’S VIDEO REPORT, highlighting the Club’s latest activities with a “video look” at our Chapters around the world.

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