The Parthenon Enigma: A New Understanding of the World’s Most Iconic Building For more than two millennia, the Parthenon has been revered as the symbol of Western culture, the epitome of the ancient society from which we derive our highest ideals. It was understood to honor the city-state's patron deity Athena, and its intricately sculptured surface believed to depict a celebration of civic continuity in the birthplace of democracy. But through a close reading of a lost play by Euripides, accidentally discovered on a papyrus wrapping an Egyptian mummy, Joan Connelly began to develop a new theory that has sparked fierce controversy in the world of classics.More Details
This lecture focuses on one of Russia’s most endangered species – snow leopards – and efforts to combat the most serious threat to their existence: poaching with wire snares. Combatting snare poaching has involved sign surveys and camera-trapping, intensive snare removal and anti-poaching patrols, and a small business development program (primarily wool-based handicraft development) developed as an alternative to poaching. Together these activities have given real hope that a small group of snow leopards (at least 5-8 individuals) still resides that is capable of resurrecting Russia’s once primary snow leopard population.More Details
Alexander Bauer and Owen Doonan have led an international archaeological project around the important Greco-Roman port of Sinope, on the South coast of the Black Sea (ancient ‘Pontus Euxinus’) since 1996. This lecture will present results of the archaeological and environmental research spanning the 6th millennium BCE to 2nd millennium CE, present a short film that illustrates life on the project, and will then introduce a new proposal to excavate the ancient city center, site of the first concrete evidence of cross-Pontic settlement, birthplace of Mithridates VI (the ‘Poison King’) and Philosopher Diogenes the Cynic.More Details
This combined lecture and film program will celebrate Altai’s cultural and natural heritage, while describing efforts to expand conservation areas and block threatening large hydroelectric, gas pipeline, and mining projects. It will highlight efforts to save the last snow leopards in this remote and ruggedly beautiful, most northern segment of the snow leopard’s range. The evening will also screen (NY premiere) the 30-minute film, “Standing on Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Tourists,” about the Altaian people’s efforts to maintain a connection with their traditional lands and ways.More Details
Full Fathom Five: Global Warming and a Father’s Legacy A 50 year retrospective study of coral reef fishes in the Bahamas, using my ichthyologist father’s archives as a baseline. As a backdrop, I’ll screen his 1952 film, one of the first underwater films ever made.More Details
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.More Details
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.More Details
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.More Details
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.More Details
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.More Details
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.More Details
Stephen Hawking is the Founder of the Centre of Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge; he held the prestigious post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for thirty years. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s most brilliant theoretical physicists. Diagnosed with ALS in his early twenties and told he had only a few years to live, Hawking, now 72, is the longest survivor with this condition. Despite his disability, Hawking has travelled to every continent on the globe and currently has ambitions to go into space.
As the dinner fast approaches, we encourage all members and interested public to join us at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for what promises to be an unforgettable evening.Read More
Attention all members, as ECAD is fast approaching, so too are our annual elections! If you have yet to cast your ballot via the postal service, please log-in to the Members Area of the website and download the PDF of the ballot provided. Once inside the Members Area, simply click on the tile labelled “Elections of Directors Ballot” and follow the directions within. We’ve had a great year this year thanks to the retiring board, the committee chairs, the officers, the staff, the chapter chairs and their officers, our sponsors and expedition leaders, and the participation of you as Members. Please help us continue the grand traditions of The Explorers Club and cast your vote today!
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Club Fellows Tim Taylor FN’04 and Christine Dennison FR’03 continue their ongoing work chronicling the R12 submarine that was lost off Key West some 70 years ago with an interview on CBS New Orleans.
“It can be considered a storyline from a good fiction movie or novel—a submarine mysteriously sinks off the coast of Key West, Fla., during World War II, and after resting there for 70 years, it’s discovered by ocean explorers… Explorers and filmmakers Christine Dennison and Tim Taylor join the Eyewitness Morning News to talk more about the premiere of the documentary, Expedition R12: Discovering America’s Forgotten Submarine.”Read More
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.Read More.
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.
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.Read More
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*.Read More