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Public Lecture Series with Mike Rampino - Monday, June 25

Did Comets Kill the Dinosaur? The Role of Geological Cataclysms in Earth’s History - Global catastrophes can apparently come from above (impacts) and below (massive volcanism). The global atmospheric effects of impacts (dust clouds, soot clouds from wildfires, sulfur aerosols) can cause abrupt darkness and severe cold conditions leading to mass extinctions of life. Massive flood basalt eruptions can release large amounts of carbon dioxide (and possibly methane)—greenhouse gases that can cause a severe global warming—and halogens that can destroy Earth’s protective ozone layer, also leading to mass extinctions. The close correlation of mass extinction events in Earth’s history with times of large impacts and flood basalt eruptions supports this hypothesis.

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Visiting Explorer Program with Damien Mander - Monday, July 9

From Zimbabwe: Akashinga – Nature Protected by Women - Frontline Conservationist & Club Member Damien Mander to present with the Women Warriors of Akashinga: Nyaradzo Hoto and Petronella Chigumbura. Akashinga (meaning the Brave One’s) is a new and innovative way of doing conservation in an industry where women are outnumbered on the frontlines to men by up to 100:1. The primary strategy of Akashinga is female empowerment. This generates the greatest leverage in family and community development and conservation becomes a direct beneficiary. The Nature Conservancy states: “A growing body of evidence suggests that empowering women is the single biggest force for positive change in the world today.”

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9th Annual Three Island BBQ - "The Journey Continues: Kon-Tiki" - Thursday, July 12

This year’s evening theme will be Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon Tiki journey to the Polynesian islands. Kon Tiki left Callao Peru on the afternoon of April 28, 1947 and arrived 101 days later traveling 4,300 miles to land at an islet off Raroia atoll in the Tuamotu group of Polynesian islands simulating what was believed to be pre-Columbian materials and technologies; the journey may have been the moon walk of its day. The Explorers Club flag was flown atop the balsa raft during its voyage. The Explorers Club 3 Island BBQ will celebrate this expedition featuring the food and drinks of a Polynesia BBQ.

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Public Lecture Series with Dr. Charles Peters - Monday, Sept. 17

Managing the Wild: Stories of People and Plants and Tropical Forests - For the past thirty-five years, Dr. Charles Peters has been involved in a variety of projects focused on the management of tropical forests in collaboration with local communities. This work has taken him to Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and tropical Africa, and to some of the largest and most remote tracts of tropical forest on the planet. In this lecture, he’ll be sharing the results from some of these projects and highlighting the utility of involving indigenous communities in the conservation and management of tropical forests.

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Public Lecture Series with Sarah Yeomans - "Exploring the Past with New Technology" - Monday, Oct. 15

Exploring the Past with New Technology: Climate, Epidemics and the Fall of an Empire - At its height, the Roman Empire stretched from Britain to Egypt, from Spain to Iraq. The western Roman Empire lasted almost a thousand years. How such a mighty civilization fell – and why – has been a preoccupation of historians since at least the 18th century. But today, as new technology develops that can be applied to the field science of archaeology, we are able to understand more about the past than ever before.

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Public Lecture Series with Anthony Watts - "Mountains in the Sea" - Monday, Dec. 3

The oceans make up 76% of Earth’s surface, yet we know little of the nature of the seafloor that lies beneath. This lecture will trace the history of seafloor exploration, from the 19th century, through World War II, to the present-day. Dr. Watts will show that mountains, the majority of which are volcanic in origin, litter the seafloor. He’ll use acoustic imagery to illustrate these mountains and the role they play as a recorder of tectonic plate movement and Earth’s magmatic pulse, then discussing their scientific and societal significance.

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Public Lecture Series with Dr. Patrick Hunt - "Tracking Hannibal" - Monday, December 17

Tracking Hannibal: From Carthage through Spain to the Alps, Italy and Beyond - Hannibal Barca's legendary march to wage the Second Punic War serves as the foundation of his historical legacy as Rome's greatest foe, yet the true route trod by his war elephants had never been confirmed. This lecture is not from an “armchair historian” but instead from “feet on the ground,” where Dr. Patrick Hunt led a ten-year National Geographic-sponsored field expedition to identify Hannibal’s actual trail.

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President’s Video Report - Live Stream How-To

Fellow Explorers,

Did you know that you could watch all our Club Lectures at home or in the field?

We’re thrilled to share our “how-to” video that will enable you to watch our live-streamed Lecture Series.  The Explorers Club has been hosting lectures since 1932, and some of the world’s most prominent men and women of science have lectured at our headquarters.  You can view these extraordinary lectures each Monday evening live-streamed right from your computer or smart phone.

Join us now as we take a closer look on how you can take part.

The 2018 Lowell Thomas Awards - Call to Nominations - Deadline Extended!

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

Click Here to View the Galleries

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.

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