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Public Lecture Series with Greg Warden - Monday, November 20

New Light on the Ancient Etruscans: Discoveries at the Sanctuary of Poggio Colla in Tuscany - The lecture concerns archaeological exploration on the Etruscans and the archaeological project at a site in northern Tuscany (8th-2"d centuries BCE) that has produced dramatic evidence of Etruscan ritual practice and religious belief as well as an extensive settlement that sheds new light on the life of non-elite Etruscans.

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Film Screening - "Sonic Sea" - Tuesday, November 21

Sonic Sea tells the story of Ken Balcomb, a former U.S. Navy officer who solved a tragic mystery involving a mass stranding of whales in the Bahamas, and changed the way we understand our impact on the ocean. In the darkness of the sea, whales depend on sound to mate, find food, migrate, raise their young, and defend against predators. Over the last century, however, human activity has transformed the ocean’s delicate acoustic habitat, challenging the ability of whales and other marine life to prosper, and ultimately to survive. Sonic Sea offers solutions and hope for a quieter ocean, and underscores that the ocean’s destiny is inextricably bound with our own.

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Public Lecture Series with Beverly Goodman - Monday, November 27

Today, the Roman harbor of Caesarea Maritima is sunken beneath the waterline as a massive rubbly field of encrusted blocks and debris. Underwater archaeological excavations and offshore coring campaigns have exposed natural disaster deposits that tell a story of multiple ancient tsunami events. This has led researchers and government officials to recognize the pending hazard that threatens this heavily populated coastline.

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Special Event: Safari Night at The Explorers Club - Wednesday, November 29

Safari is the Swahili word for Journey, and on Wednesday, November 29th, The Explorers Club will celebrate journeys throughout Africa in this unique cultural evening. Come and enjoy the sounds of singer and drummer Tina Kokulaki, expert safari presentations, and traditional foods of Tanzania and East Africa. Enjoy authentic Tanzanian cuisine by Tanzanian chefs, including Vitumbua (Fried rice cakes), Pilau wa kuku (seasoned rice with chicken), Garden salad w/ mangoes, Chapati (flat bread), Nyama ya mchuzi (meat stew), and Samosas (meat + veggie). From the heights of Kilimanjaro, to the villages and peoples of the bush, come along and join us on this Journey, for and exciting and educational evening on Safari at The Explorers Club.

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Public Lecture Series with Sam Mehta - Monday, December 4

Sam Mehta’s presentation will take a deeper view of Japan -- its 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. Sam aims to show through his lens and narration, the character of this cultural Galapagos full of contracts between modern and traditional. He 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.

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"Into the Amazon" - PBS American Experience - Tuesday, December 5

In conjunction with the American Experience and PBS, The Explorers Club in proud to present Into the Amazon. This film tells the remarkable story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s journey with legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. For 30 years, American Experience has been television’s most-watched history series.

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Public Lecture Series with Dr. Patricia Sutherland - Monday, December 11

A Meeting of Northern Worlds: Indigenous Peoples and the Norse in Arctic Canada - Recently identified archaeological finds from Canada’s eastern Arctic provide new evidence of a little known chapter in North American history. Artifacts resembling those used by Europeans of the Viking and Medieval periods have been recognized in several archaeological collections from Baffin Island and the adjacent regions of northern Labrador.

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Special Event - Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expedition, Asia Society Exhibit Preview - Friday, December 15

Paintings and Places: Giuseppe Tucci’s Travels in Tibet through Painting and Photography, by Adriana Proser, John H. Foster Senior Curator for Traditional Asian Art, Asia Society Museum In late February through May 2018, the Asia Society will feature the exhibition, "Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Buddhist Painting." Dr. Proser will introduce the story of Tucci and the eight major expeditions he made to Tibet between 1926 and 1948. Her presentation will include some of the extraordinary paintings collected by Tucci and expedition photographs shot by his expedition photographers.

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Public Lecture Series with David Good - Monday, December 18

A Yanomami Reunion - David Good is a Yanomami-American, and his story details a journey to find his long lost mother and indigenous roots. Through this lecture, he shares with the audience a personal insight into the world of the Yanomami and brings awareness to their contemporary, and global struggles.

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Public Lecture Series with Jan Reynolds - Monday, January 8

Ancient Himalayan Salt Trade: Exploring Indigenous Life - Join Jan as she solos the Himalaya, over the Nangpa La, 20,000', the highest trade pass on earth, while working for National Geographic magazine. Jan finds and travels with some of the last great yak caravans trading salt over this pass which leads into Nepal, and the origins of the Sherpas. Then travel with her as she searches to find the traditional Tuareg in the Sahara, the original "blue men" of Africa, the great salt traders of the desert.

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Visiting Explorer Program with Natalie Gibb - Tuesday, January 9

In 2015, underwater cave explorer Natalie L Gibb and her exploration partner Vincent Rouquette-Cathala dropped into coastal cave and found something totally unexpected. While most flooded caves in Mexico are filled with stone stalactites and stalagmites, the decorations in this cave appeared soft. They moved. The cave, which they named Pandora, is filled with a hydrogen sulfide-producing bacteria. The bacteria coats every surface of the Pandora, and grows into long, stalactite-like formations, sometimes meters long, which sway and drift with the smallest water movement. The unique environment of Pandora creates many challenges for exploration and scientific endeavors.

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Club Closed - MLK Day

The Explorers Club will be closed today, Monday January 15th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will resume our regular operating hours on Tuesday the 16th at 9am.

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Visiting Explorer Program with Leif Cocks - January 19, 2018

Orangutans: My Cousins, My FriendsCombined with his personal insights Leif shares the captivating and sometimes challenging stories of the many orangutans he was worked for over the years. And most importantly, he explains the key philosophies underpinning the work of his organization, The Orangutan Project, and outlines the fundamental shifts in thinking and behavior that we, as humans, must make if we are to avoid the imminent extinction of our majestic orange cousins.

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Public Lecture Series with Priya Natarajan - Monday, January 22nd

Mapping the heavens: how radical ideas have transformed our cosmic view - This lecture focuses on two radical ideas in cosmology that involve invisible entities - dark matter and black holes. The history of the discovery of dark matter and black holes as well as their current status including recent leaps in understanding from mapping dark matter and the discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes will be presented.

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Public Lecture Series with Nathaniel J. Dominy - Monday, January 29

Mummified baboons reveal the geographic location of Punt - The Holocene fossil record of Egypt is devoid of baboons, and yet baboons of a distinctive species (Papio hamadryas) were elevated into the pantheon of Ancient Egyptian gods. The deification of baboons is practically unique in Africa, and this talk will focus on the stable isotope composition of modern and mummified baboons to explain why, and from where, baboons were imported, revered, and mummified in Ancient Egypt.

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Himalaya Bound: One Family’s Quest to Save Their Animals & An Ancient Way of Life - Monday, February 5

In 2009, author and photojournalist Michael Benanav embedded himself with one Van Gujjar family – nomadic water buffalo herders who live in the forests and mountains of northern India – to document their annual spring migration. He lived with them for 44 days, walking with them, herding buffaloes with them, sharing their food, sleeping under their tents, and becoming much more a part of the family than he ever expected. He came to know them well – their joys and their troubles, their hopes and fears for the future, and their perspectives on their place in the world.

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The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Tale of Death and Treasure - Monday, March 5

Explorers Club Public Lecture Series with Carl Hoffman

To understand Michael Rockefeller’s disappearance in 1961 for his book Savage Harvest, Carl Hoffman went deeper than he’d ever gone before, making two journeys of several months, each to one of the remotest places on earth – the swamps of southwest New Guinea, home to the Asmat people. The experience culminated in his living with former headhunters in a two room wooden house without electricity or plumbing, in a village without a single store, and only reachable by boat.

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President’s Video Report - October 2017

Fellow Explorers:

With Fall in full swing, we are eager to share with you many of our exciting Explorers Club programs, both at Club Headquarters and at our Chapters around the globe.

Please take a moment and join us for our latest President’s Video Report. As always, we welcome your input and comments.

Ben Mirin Receives The Scott Pearlman Field Award

Ben Mirin, Wildlife DJ, sound artist, educator, and explorer, will receive the 2017 Scott Pearlman Field Award to support his expedition to record endemic frog species in Cusuco National Park in Honduras.

Ben Mirin MR’16, has been an expedition leader and team member on multiple acoustic research expeditions sponsored by The National Geographic Society, The Safina Center, and several other organizations that focused on collecting natural sound for research, conservation, and communicating science to diverse audiences. Ben’s team will also be publishing an editorial film about their expedition in bioGraphic Magazine, a publication of the California Academy of Sciences.

Announcing the 2017 Lowell Thomas Award Winners

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For the 2017 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, FI ‘14
Prince Albert II of Monaco has long been dedicated to the protection of the environment and focuses on fighting climate change, promoting renewable energy, combating the loss of biodiversity, and preserving water resources through his Prince Albert II Foundation. He has also participated in research expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, thus becoming the first head of state to reach both poles. He is a member of the Ocean Elders group and serves on the Advisory Committee for Students on Ice.

Donn Haglund, Ph.D., FE ‘72
Dr. Haglund is a Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Wisconsin, where he created and taught a pioneering Arctic wilderness field course for more than 40 years. He earned his Ph.D. in economic geography from the University of Pennsylvania, based on work done in Greenland. He is recognized internationally for his expertise in maritime transport in support of Arctic economic development, and for his dedication to scientific research in these areas.

Martin T. Nweeia D.M.D., D.D.S, FN ‘99
Dr. Martin Nweeia is a research scientist, explorer, professor and scholar on the functional significance of the narwhal tusk and Inuit knowledge. His landmark studies on narwhal tusk sensory function have earned him nine grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as awards from The National Geographic Society, Harvard University, and the Smithsonian Institution. He is currently lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, a clinical assistant professor at Case School of Dental Medicine, and a research associate in vertebrate zoology at the Smithsonian Institution.

Konrad Steffen
Dr. Konrad Steffen is Director, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research and Professor, Institute of Atmosphere & Climate, ETH-Zurich. Previously he was Director CIRES, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and Professor Emeritus of Geography, both positions at University of Colorado Boulder. His interests include climate and cryosphere interaction in polar and alpine regions. In particular he researches sea level changes sensitivity studies of large ice sheets using in situ and modeling results.

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