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Space Stories 2018 - Saturday, October 20

Space Stories is a day devoted to the exploration of space, in all its facets. With interviews and presentations from Greg Olsen, Geoffrey Notkin, Les Guthman, Kim Arcand, Dafydd Rhys "Dave" Williams, Paul Hildebrandt, Grigorij Richters, and a live recording of StarTalk All-Stars hosted by Astrobiologist David Grinspoon. Admission includes lunch and a light breakfast.

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Public Lecture Series with Ryan Pyle - "Chinese Turkestan" - Monday, October 22

Sparsely populated and spanning more than 1.6 million square kilometers of desert, river basins, mountains, and grasslands, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has had a turbulent history. Many of the events that have occurred there during the last 2500 years have been inextricably associated with its geographical position in northwest China, at a crossroads linking Europe and Asia. Traversed by branches of the series of trade routes that formed the ancient Silk Road, the region has been fought over and controlled by a succession of warlords and empires. Join Ryan as he spends nearly a decade exploring AND documenting the ancient footsteps in shifting sands in China’s remote northwest.

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"The Long Path to Wisdom" - Burmese Stories and Legends - Tuesday, October 23

Lorie Karnath approached German novelist Jan-Philipp Sendker about her idea of recording some of the stories she had collected over the past two decades from her travels to Myanmar. Sendker had also spent time in this mystical country and had written two novels based there. Liking the idea, the pair then set about writing the The Long Path to Wisdom, Sendker’s son Jonathan who had recently spent some time to Burma also contributed a number of the tales to the publication. The result is a book of Burmese stories and legends some of which may have never been recorded in English.

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"Under An Arctic Sky" - Film Screening with Chris Burkard - Wednesday, October 24

Under An Arctic Sky follows six surfers along with adventure photographer Chris Burkard and filmmaker Ben Weiland as they seek out unknown swell in the remote fjords of Iceland's Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Chartering a boat, they depart from Isafjordur on the cusp of the largest storm to make landfall in twenty-five years. Despite setbacks the team pushes on and finds that uncertainty is the best ingredient for discovering the unimaginable.

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Public Lecture Series with George Kourounis - Monday, October 29

Mother Nature’s Bad Moods: 20 Years Of Documenting Extreme Forces of Nature and Climate Change - For twenty years, George Kourounis has been documenting extreme forces of nature around the world and sharing his findings via the internet, public talks, assisting scientists, and by hosting numerous television programs. In this lecture, he’ll be sharing some of his most exciting, dramatic, and sometimes hilarious and harrowing experiences that span 65 countries.

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Public Lecture Series with Virginia E. Miller - Monday, November 5

Skeletons, Skulls, and Bones in the Art of Chichén Itzá - The Aztecs considered the bones of slain captives to be powerful, a belief probably shared by the earlier Maya: one Maya hieroglyph for “captive” translates as “bone”, for example. Captives are sometimes represented in Maya art during the Classic period (300-900 C.E.), and skulls and bones may be secondary motifs, particularly on portable objects like painted pottery. Nevertheless, it is only during the Terminal Classic period (800-1000 C.E.), and in the northern Maya area, that vivid images of decapitation, heart sacrifice, skulls, and bones become common in monumental art.

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Visiting Explorer Program with Dr. Laura Tedesco & Robert Nickelsberg - Tuesday, November 6

In a recently published book, "Afghanistan’s Heritage: Restoring Spirit and Stone," photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg captures images of prominent heritage sites and scenes of daily life. The monuments and local traditions featured in the photographs have all benefited from support from the United States Embassy in Kabul for their preservation. Laura Tedesco, Cultural Heritage Program Manager for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, is an archaeologist who worked in Afghanistan for two years surveying to help preserve art in the area.

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Visiting Explorer Program with Mark Wood - Wednesday, November 7

Mark Wood, Chair of the Club's Great Britain & Ireland Chapter, is an established polar explorer and adventurer operating within the extremes of our planet. With over 35 expeditions to date, including the Magnetic North Pole, the Geomagnetic North Pole twice, solo expeditions to both the Geographic North and South Poles, along with a military expedition as part of a documentary to the Geographic North pole, Mark also has been a part of major BBC and Channel 5 documentaries. Operating in areas such as the Arctic Circle, the Himalayas, Antarctica, Alaska along with the Norwegian and Canadian high Arctic, he developed an intense passion for exploration.

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Visiting Explorer Program with Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher - Thursday, November 8

For the last fifteen years world-renowned photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have continued their four decades of fieldwork across Africa by working in increasingly remote and inaccessible areas. Hear directly from the artists as they recount the exhilarating encounters and adventures that resulted in the making of African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent.

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Sea Stories 2018 - Saturday, November 10

Sea Stories is day focused on exploration, conservation, scuba diving, shipwrecks and marine life. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the ocean to interact. Tickets will NOT be sold at door. Speakers and topics coming soon!

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Club Closed for Veterans Day

The Explorers Club will be closed on Monday, November 12th in honor of Veterans Day. We will open again on Tuesday, November 13th at 9:00 am. Our public lecture with Adrian Hayes - "One Man's Climb - A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2" will begin at 6:00 pm on Tuesday evening, Nov. 13. Click here to purchase tickets online for that event.

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One Man's Climb - A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2 - Tuesday, November 13th

Explorers Club Public Lecture Series with Adrian Hayes - British adventurer, mountaineer, and polar explorer Adrian Hayes tells the deeply moving story of his two attempts on K2 – the savage mountain. Located in the Karakorum Himalayas on the borders of Pakistan and China, the world’s second tallest mountain has a tortuous history, which has resulted in less than 400 climbers reaching the top in the 64 years since its first ascent – compared to over 5,000 summits of Mt. Everest in the same period. Known as the ‘Mountaineers Mountain,’ K2 is the ultimate prize in mountaineering. Aside from so few people achieving the goal, its fatality rate – a sobering summit to death ratio of 25% - has left scores of climbers paying the ultimate price.

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Frontline Conservation: Sketching out a Future for Endangered Species - Wednesday, November 14

Frontline Conservation: Sketching out a Future for Endangered Species - News and views from the front line in the battle to stop species extinction, from the deployment of anti-poaching dogs to the role of technology, telling first-hand accounts of those who risk their lives every day fighting poachers. On display will be a selection of 450 sketches donated by leading artists, all drawn in 26 minutes, the length of time in takes for an elephant to be poached for its ivory.

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Public Lecture Series with David Grann - “The White Darkness” - Monday, November 26

“The White Darkness” is a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic. Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed with Ernest Shackleton. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton’s crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine.

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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 10

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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Public Lecture Series with Dan Stone - "The Food Explorer" - Monday, December 17

The Food Explorers: The Botanists Who Roamed the Planet To Find Our Everyday Foods - In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Along with his team of USDA botanists, Fairchild transformed the American diet. Join Fairchild’s adventures with National Geographic writer Daniel Stone, author of “The Food Explorer.”

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President’s Video Report - Fall 2018

The coming of Fall signals the unveiling of another exciting year of Explorers Club special events - lectures and programs that utilize the very latest in technology and innovation.

Explorers Club President Richard Wiese hosts our latest edition of THE PRESIDENT’S VIDEO REPORT, featuring major upcoming Club activities and an all-important look at our worldwide Chapters.

And a special “shout-out” to our Explorers Club Volunteer Video Production Team -Marcelo Mendez, Luis Muga, and Alex Serrano for their continued efforts in making these Video Reports possible.

The Rolex Explorers Club Grants

The Explorers Club and Rolex share a common vision – supporting and fostering emerging young explorers. As a result of this shared vision, we are pleased to announce the third installment of The Rolex Explorers Club Grants program. The Rolex Explorers Club Grants will send extraordinary young explorers into the field and promote the significant role that exploration plays in addressing cutting-edge scientific questions, understanding our environment and the world we live in, and learning more about our history. In 2019 up to five $10,000 grants will be awarded to young explorers.

This program is open to all field science disciplines. Proposals must contain a field science exploration component and address a novel scientific, environmental, or historic question. In addition to demonstrating a spirit of exploration, candidates must put forward a project or research proposal that has a clear scientific rationale, represents original work, and has the potential for significant impact or new understanding. Fieldwork must be completed by February 14, 2020.

New Membership Announcement - September 2018

Greetings Members,

We are pleased to report that, at the last Board of Directors meeting, another 91 explorers were approved to join our ranks.

As stipulated in the bylaws, a list of the current candidates will be posted in the Members Lounge for thirty days before the candidates are invited to accept this honor. This email is an opportunity to extend that posting globally.

Please find that list in the Members Area by clicking here.

Members are strongly encouraged to comment on these candidates with supporting or pertinent information by October 10th. To do so, please contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

We would also like to take a moment to thank all the sponsors of these candidates. The continuing vitality of our club depends upon qualified new members joining us and these sponsors have delivered that.

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