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A Hemingway Night with Jim Clash FR '99 - 04/17/2014

Ernest Hemingway famously said: "Auto-racing, bull-fighting and mountain-climbing are the only real sports...all others are games." The great writer's point was that when genuine risk is involved, an experience becomes more meaningful. The quote has inspired countless explorers, adventurers and athletes over the decades. Come hear adventure journalist Jim Clash FR '99 discuss and dissect Hemingway's notion - and update it to include areas the author did not anticipate during his lifetime, including space travel and deep ocean exploration.

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NYC - Lecture Series w/ Frederick Lewis - 04/21/2014

Retracing Rockwell Kent — Rockwell Kent was an artist, illustrator, architect, adventurer, and social activist who seemed to cram several extraordinary lives into one: 1882-1971. He spent long periods of time living and painting in Greenland, and also traveled to remote locations such as Alaska and Tierra del Fuego in pursuit of personal challenges, recording his intrepid exploits in words and pictures and achieving celebrity status when they were published. Kent was also a member of The Explorers Club. Frederick Lewis is the producer, writer and director of “Retracing Rockwell Kent,” a definitive documentary on Kent’s life and times.

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NYC - Lecture Series w/ Mike Bond - 04/28/2014

Beloved, feared and sometimes hated, the wolf is the metaphor of wild America. Wolf numbers are now dropping fast in the lower 48 states -- we may soon find that our iconic symbol of wilderness is gone -- yet this magnificent animal is key to healthy ecosystems, and has a unique connection with human hearts. Not only are wolves “man’s best friend” on a DNA level, they have also helped to shape our diets, hunting strategies, territorial attitudes, family structures, spousal relations, even aided our survival, yet few animals have been so maligned, miscast, and slaughtered by humans.

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NYC - Lecture Series w/ Richard Easton - 05/05/2014

From Harrison to GPS – This lecture traces the development of navigation from the 18th century longitude problem to the invention of the Global Positioning System. Easton will describe the two major proposed solutions to the longitude problem: accurate clocks as developed by John Harrison and observations of celestial objects such as lunars and the Jovian moons. He will then trace the history of satellite navigation proposals culminating in GPS which combines the two 18th century proposals, putting accurate synchronized clocks in satellites which are artificial celestial objects.

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NYC - Exploring Legends Interview Series with the F1 Engine Recovery Team - 05/06/2014

The Bezos F-1 Apollo Engine Recovery Team was awarded The Explorers Club Citation of Merit on March 15 at ECAD. Accepting the award was founder Jeff Bezos (MN'14). But in the audience were other team and Explorers Club members including David Concannon (FN'96, Expedition Leader), Ken Kamler (FR'84, Expedition Doctor) and Josh Bernstein (FR'04, Expedition Photographer). Come hear a behind-the-scenes, no-holds-barred discussion with the three of them and Legends interviewer Jim Clash (FR'99) about the team's historic find last March.

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NYC - Lecture Series w/ Jason Kendall - 05/12/2014

In this talk, we'll learn the basics about the Big Bang, and the problems with it that forced us to consider the Inflationary scenario. Then, we'll see what this scenario predicted and how it was observed. This talk will lead you on the path to see and understand the mathematics that shows how such things were derived. Join Jason Kendall, WPU's Astronomy Liaison Coordinator, as he takes you on trip far down the rabbit hole, and gets a glimpse of what it was like near the birth of the Cosmos.

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NYC - Public Lecture Series w/ Dr. Laurie Marker - 05/14/2014

Join Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund and one of the world’s leading experts on cheetahs, for a discussion of her journey from the vineyards of Oregon to rural Namibia, all to secure a future for the world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah. In 1990, Dr. Marker sold everything she had and moved to the newly-independent nation of Namibia, and built there an extraordinary Research and Education Centre that is leading the way to the future for the cheetah. Meet Dr. Marker and hear the fascinating story of how she is helping the cheetah win the race against extinction.

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NYC - Members' Dinner w/ Katie Carpenter and John Heminway - 05/15/2014

For more than a decade, film makers (and explorer club members) Katie Carpenter and John Heminway have joined forced to document our planet on film, in ways original and soul-wrenching. Their best known works are Emmy-nominated “A Year On Earth” about three American kids, traveling between Africa, Asia and Latin America trying to save the planet. “Battle For The Elephants,” is the recent National Geographic/PBS Special that has had a profound effect around the world, changing minds and policy, regarding trade in ivory. 

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NYC - Lecture Series w/ Sam Mehta - 05/19/2014

The Silk Road was a nexus of trade routes that ran from western China, into Middle East through Persia and into Mediterranean. Sam will share images of his journey along the Silk Road in China including Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Urumqui, Turpan and Kashgar. He will show photos of the Buddhist caves with fantastic artwork that has survived for over 1500 years. You will see how caravans traversed Gobi and Taklamakan deserts on the way to and from Central Asia, and a tour of central Tibet.

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NYC - Film Screening - How Black Holes Shape Our Universe - 05/20/2014

How do you find the ghost of a supermassive black hole? And what can it tell us about the origin of galaxies? At the centers of almost all galaxies lurks a black hole with a mass a million to ten billion times the mass of our sun. And rather than quietly lurking, these black holes can turn - despite their sinister reputation - into the brightest objects in the universe. When gas and dust falls into such a monster, it can release more energy than the 100 billion stars in its host galaxy combined: we call this feeding black hole a quasar. The energy released is so huge that we suspect that growing black holes can fundamentally alter the evolutionary pathways of their host galaxies.

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NYC - Lecture Series w/ Alistair Carr - 5/26/2014

The Nomad’s Path: Travels in the Sahel – A lecture about a journey across the Manga, a mislaid region of the Sahel in the shadow of the Old Salt Road, with former Tubu rebels during the second Tuareg rebellion. At the time, no Caucasian had been seen in the area in living memory. The talk offers a portrait of the Tubu and their landscape, and addresses the 1885 disfranchisement of the Tuareg people that is the cause of on-going Tuareg unrest.

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NYC - Lecture Series w/ Asher Jay - 06/02/2014

A passion for all things wild inspires Asher Jay to lend a visual voice to help advance wildlife preservation initiatives across the world. Her campaigns and artworks empower the people who encounter them. She explores conservation agendas by cultivating unconventional relationships between the marginalized and the mainstream, to spread new perspectives on known stories. She has conceptualized and developed eloquent campaigns for numerous, well-reputed Organizations and is the founder of her very own country, Garbagea. Her most recent undertaking was a collaborative, global, educational art installation, Message In a Bottle.

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NYC - Members' Dinner with Jimmy Chin - 06/05/2014

Few photographers will attempt Pakistan’s precipitous K7 or ski from the summit of Everest just to frame a shot. So when world renowned mountaineer, Ed Viesturs, pushes for the summit of his final 8000m peak, or when alpinist Conrad Anker plans to put up a new route in the Himalayas, they call the same photographer and filmmaker: Jimmy Chin. Arguably one of the most sought after expedition photographers working today, Chin, a Minnesota native, is himself a professional climber, skier and ten year veteran of the North Face Athlete Team.

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NYC - Lecture Series feat. Mike Allsop - 06/09/2014

Mike Allsop presents a talk about inspiring others to live extraordinary lives, based on a philosophy that says if you truly believe you can accomplish something, then you will. Mike combines a career as a commercial airline pilot with an ongoing series of challenging adventures and expeditions designed to inspire other ordinary people to live extraordinary. His most recent exploit was running the world’s highest-ever marathon that started at 18,500ft at the top of Kalapatar, which is next to Everest, crossing over the Cho La pass. Mike’s message to them is get out there, challenge yourselves and succeed by breaking each task or feat into smaller steps.

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NYC - Public Lecture Series w/ Don Kaufman - 09/22/2014

The Elusive Nile - Explorers and the Changing Map of Africa - With close-up viewing of printed maps of the 16th to 19th century, the slide lecture provides a graphic overview of the changing depictions of the Nile and it’s sources, reflecting the various theories that existed starting with the ancient Greeks. Examples of each different representation are shown. Emphasized is the period of 19th century exploration as the findings of each explorer was reflected on the changing map of Africa until the cartographic delineation of the Nile’s origins reflected reality. Also highlighted is the beauty and charm of early artistic cartography.

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News / Blogs

Michael Rockefeller Lecture featured on CBS News

In A Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art, author Carl Hoffman traces the historic disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in the jungles of New Guinea. On March 24th, the Club hosted Hoffman as part of our public lecture series. CBS News has since run a feature on Rockefeller’s disappearance, with Hoffman’s lecture at the Club referenced in the piece.

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Seen in NY: The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club has been featured in the New Learning Times’ Seen in NY video series, which covers educational opportunities in New York City. NLT is a product of Columbia University’s Teachers College, who visited the Club during Sea Stories this past year. Featuring interviews with executive director Will Roseman MR ‘07, and Club Fellows Milbry Polk FR ‘95, Kristin Romey FR ‘05, and Dr. Edie Widder FN ‘99, the piece offers a snapshot of a day in the life at The Explorers Club and the opportunities it provides.

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Jeff Bezos congratulates the F-1 Engine Recovery Team for Citation of Merit

Jeff Bezos—leader of the F-1 Engine Recovery Team that was honored with the Citation of Merit at this year’s Annual Dinner—reflected on the evening and offered congratulations to the rest of the team on the official F-1 expedition blog:

“We were delighted and honored that Buzz Aldrin made the trip to present the award himself. It’s a big honor and well-deserved by a truly remarkable group of explorers. The search and recovery effort took years of work. All along the way, this team worked long, hard and smart, and we had a ton of fun. Thanks to the team, soon a whole new generation of young people will be able to see these amazing engines on display. A big congratulations to the whole expedition team!”

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About the Club

Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members.

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Capital Campaigns

Dedicate a Floor Tile on the Terrace of The Lowell Thomas Building

Join the over 100 “Explorers Immortals” who have already donated and engrave your name or create a dedication in stone on the terrace at The Explorers Club Headquarters. Adorn our landmark outdoor space and help fund the Phase II renovations by making a tax deductible donation of $2,500 per dedicated tile to our Lowell Thomas Building Fund.

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Adopt a Window Campaign

The Explorers Club Headquarters boasts 114 stained glass windows. They embody a stunning range of brilliantly colored panes, representing a number of heraldic shields, portraits and pastoral and classical scenes. These windows are in dire need of repair.

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The Lowell Thomas Building Capital Campaign Preserve a Brick Initiative

Each fifty dollars donated will help to preserve one brick from the Club's current facade. Your contributions both large and small are important in helping us restore the Explorers Club historic Lowell Thomas building brick by brick*.

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