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Public Lecture Series featuring John Frederick Walker - Monday, November 30th

Nearly a century ago, the giant sable antelope of Angola was the last great African quadruped to become known to the outside world. The males of this critically endangered sable subspecies carry breath-taking five-foot-long curved horns. Angola’s national animal has managed to survive decades of trophy hunting and a devastating 27-year-long civil war only to now fall under threats from poaching, habitat loss and disease, as John Frederick Walker recently reported for National Geographic News. Walker returns to the Club with spectacular images and rare film clips to share news of on-going conservation efforts to ensure a future for this magnificent walking emblem.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Jack Turner - December 7th, 2015

Ansel & Ansel: Points of Inspiration — Yosemite National Park (circa 1916) ignited the passion of two of the most influential voices in the conservation movement. Only 22 years old, Ansel Hall rose through the ranks to become the first Chief Naturalist and Chief Forester for the newly formed National Park Service. The man who would become America’s iconic and most famous wilderness photographer, Ansel Adams, was only a teenager. “Points of Inspiration” is an account from the families of Ansel & Ansel and a tribute to their legacy of adventure, innovation, preservation, and interpretation of wild America.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Thomas Mangelsen & Todd Wilkinson - December 14, 2015

Internationally-renowned wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen and noted American environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson present an evening with the most famous Grizzly Bear Mama in the world: Will Grizzly 399 Survive? This lecture will present the harrowing life and death saga of humans and grizzly bears in America's most iconic ecosystem. A book signing of "GRIZZLY: The Bears of Greater Yellowstone" will follow lecture.

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Public Lecture Series with Joseph Dituri - Monday, December 21st

Extreme Diving Exploration: The lecture details results from an ongoing expedition to the endo pacific rim's deepest diving locations and discusses new species of fishes and corals found and technology to get to sub 500 feet of sea water dives.

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Public Lecture Series with Dr. James Raffan - Monday, January 11th

Circling the Midnight Sun Over three years, one of Canada’s most experienced backcountry travelers James Raffan FI ’07, circumnavigated the globe at the Arctic Circle producing an acclaimed new book called Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and change in the invisible Arctic. With sounds, images and stories from this grand expedition, his presentation about the journey has engaged audiences around the circumpolar world with deeply affecting stories of societies and landscapes in the throes of enormous change. Called “compelling and utterly original” this is both an adventure story and a talk that will affect and change your view of the north forever.

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Club Closed - MLK Day

The Explorers Club will be closed today, Monday January 18th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will resume regular operating hours tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th at 9:00 am.

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Presidential Dinner with Gordon Wiltsie - Thursday, January 21st

Veteran explorer and photographer Gordon Wiltsie sometimes laments magazines like National Geographic usually sent him on assignments that were cold, miserable or dangerous. But he was the person for the job. By combining photographic talent with a natural aptitude for mountaineering, skiing and other adventure skills he quickly evolved into a leader who could organize and photograph over a hundred foreign treks and expeditions to some of the wildest places on earth. Join us for a dinner and presentation for one of this generation’s preeminent expedition photographers.

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Public Lecture Series feat. John Vincent Bellezza - January 25, 2016

Long before lamas, monasteries and Buddhism came to Tibet, the highest plateau on earth was home to a sophisticated civilization. Hidden away in the highest and remotest reaches of Tibet are remarkably well preserved citadels, temples, necropolises and rock art that tell its story. John Vincent Bellezza regales us with gripping tales of his latest discoveries and sheds light on the mysterious people who built these great monuments.

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Public Lecture Series with Robin Bell - Monday, February 1st

Bringing together 7 nations, airdrops, survey airplanes and traverse vehicles, Robin Bell's team made several discoveries during the recent International Polar Year in East Antarctica. She led a major expedition to explore the last unknown mountain range on Earth, the Gamburtsev Mountains - completely covered with ice - where the Team discovered that water hidden beneath the ice sheet runs uphill. Using the new IcePod and gravity technologies, Bell’s team will soon be heading to map the Ross Ice Shelf, a floating piece of ice the size of France that covers the least known piece of ocean floor on Earth.

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Public Lecture Series with Edith Mirante - Monday, February 8th

Author/activist Edith Mirante presents a slideshow based on her latest book, “The Wind in the Bamboo: A Journey in Search of Asia’s ‘Negrito’ Indigenous People” about the survival of Asian ethnic groups which had been classified as a separate race because of their “African” appearance and considered doomed to vanish. Called “savage pygmies” and “hideous dwarfs,” sold into slavery, exhibited at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, nearly exterminated by disease and a cataclysmic volcano, these extraordinary people now survive as forest hunter gatherers in a few places: mainland Malaysia, the Philippines and India’s Andaman Islands.

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Public Lecture Series with John Gimlette - Tuesday, February 16th

John Gimlette describes his travels through post-war Sri Lanka, trying to make sense of an island that is wild, beautiful and occasionally bloody. Few places are as contradictory. The island is home to over 5,800 wild elephants and yet it’s only the size of Ireland. It’s rich in culture and resources, and yet it’s given to moments of inexplicable rage. For the last three decades, it’s hosted not only an alluring tourist industry but also the most savage civil war Asia has ever known (1983-2009). Along the way, we’ll meet terrorists, test cricketers, a former president, ancient tribesmen, the victims of great massacres and perhaps even the perpetrators.

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Public Lecture Series featuring Annie Nocenti - March 28th, 2016

Documentary Adventures in Haiti and Pakistan — Making documentary films in troubled countries isn’t easy, but it is a fascinating challenge. After the earthquake that devastated Haiti, Annie Nocenti taught filmmaking out of a tent. In Baluchistan, a tribal province of Pakistan, she made two films, one about a tribal insurgency, and one about hunting with falcons. Filming tribal lords under a veil, and later in the desert with men that normally live in Purda (separation of men and women), ended up being an amazing sharing experience. The same was true in Haiti. Adventure travel can be dangerous and challenging, but what she learned to treasure most was how disparate cultures can come to a better understanding of one another.

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Public Lecture Series with Harriet Tuckey - Monday, April 25th

The conquest of Everest by a British team in 1953 has always been celebrated as a triumph of heroic leadership, team work, courageous climbing and a little bit of luck with the weather. The key role that science played in the Everest success has never been properly acknowledged. Now, for the first time Harriet Tuckey tells the remarkable story of her eccentric and difficult father, Griffith Pugh, doctor and physiologist, the forgotten team member whose scientific breakthroughs enabled Hillary and Tenzing to reach the summit and revolutionized high altitude climbing from that day forward

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Announcing the 2015 Lowell Thomas Awardees

The Explorers Club proudly presents the 2015 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner, Visionaries of Conservation: Paradigm Shifts in Protecting the Planet. This year, the Lowell Thomas Awards celebrate explorers who exhibit excellence and innovation in conservation, with emphasis on emerging techniques and technologies that meaningfully contribute to our knowledge of the world and how we protect it.

First awarded on the occasion of the Club’s 75th anniversary in 1980, this year the 22nd edition will honor the following individuals at the forefront of conservation science:

Announcing The Explorers Club 2016 Youth Activity Fund and Exploration Fund Grants

Deadline for applications is 5:00 PM EST, October 19, 2015

The Explorers Club is proud of its history but also looks toward the future, recognizing the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration. The Club is deeply committed to supporting the fieldwork of serious researchers and, as part of its public service commitment, is currently accepting applications for the following grants:

The Youth Activity Fund Grant supports high school students and college undergraduates. Its goal is to foster a new generation of explorers dedicated to the advancement of the scientific knowledge of our world.

The Exploration Fund Grant is for graduate, post-graduate, doctorate and early career post-doctoral students. It provides grants in support of exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers.

Awards for both grants range from $500 to $5,000. We recommend keeping your budget realistic. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level. The deadline for the applications will be 5:00 PM EST, October 19, 2015. Please check our Student Grants page for guidelines and requirements that must be met in order for a submission to be considered.

The application is now available at Please note, all applications must be submitted through the online system. If you have trouble with registration, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dust and Dancing to Celebrate Indigenous Australia

Guided only by traditional navigation techniques, Club Fellow Dan Lin FN’ 14 and members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society are participating in a five year journey toward a more sustainable future. While aboard the Hawaiian voyaging vessel Hōkūle’a, Lin and the Polynesian Voyaging Society are promoting conservation of both environmental and cultural resources. A recent stop placed them in the North Queensland region of Australia - just in time for the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.

In addition to the stunning performances and landscape, the festival is rooted in ideas of cultural conservation. Many of the dances are believed to be tens of thousands of years old, stemming from traditional practices, spiritual beliefs, or local legends. In his own words, Lin explained, “Our voyage, much like this dance festival, believes in building a better future for the next generation to inherit.”

Click here to learn more about his experience at the festival in a piece he wrote for National Geographic, featuring captivating photography of the dancers in action.

For more updates on their voyage, you can follow Dan and the crew of the Hōkūle’a on twitter.

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