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New Discoveries from the Kingdom of Kush: Reclaiming Africa’s Ancient Heritage From the Shadow of Egypt - Monday, February 25

Public Lecture Series with Dr. Kathryn Howley - Sub-Saharan Africa has traditionally been known as a “land without history”, and its archaeological heritage is far less known than other areas of the world. But following the Nile south beyond Egypt and back to the second millennium BC, in the territory of modern-day Sudan one can find the home of sub-Saharan Africa’s oldest known kingdom, Kush. The kings of Kush conquered large swathes of north Africa and Middle East and are mentioned in the Bible; these powerful rulers and their successors were able to hold off both Roman and Arab invaders for centuries.

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The Black Market World of Rhino Poaching Kingpins with Kathi Lynn Austin - Monday, March 11

Kathi Lynn Austin will take guests on an intrepid journey into a three-year, six-country investigation of a global gunrunning network that helped launch and fuel industrial-level rhino poaching in Southern Africa. Along the way, guests will discover the black market tricks of the trade allowing wildlife crime villains to flourish. New light will be shed on the causes and potential solutions for what has become a full-fledged rhino crisis as guests are drawn into the shadowy world of gunrunners and wildlife smugglers operating much closer to home than imagined.

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Sailing Stories 2019 - Saturday, April 6

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Trilogy of Nations: Japan, Korea, and China with Sam Mehta - Monday April 8, 2019

Public Lecture Series with Sam MehtaDuring the last ice age, the sea level was low enough to expose Japan, Korea and China as a part of the single landmass. The story of these East Asian countries has been interlinked ever since. China of course is the largest and had the most influence on Japan and Korea. The Chinese-influenced cultures have evolved differently based on their unique geography, history and culture. However, they are many similarities, thus appropriately the three great economies of Japan, Korea and China are often referred to as a trilogy of nations.

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BBC Features The Explorers Club

We are delighted to share with you a recent in-depth look at The Explorers Club written for the BBC.

Published worldwide, the report centers on the pillars of the Club’s strategic building blocks as outlined at the last TEC Board meeting by Club President Richard Wiese - “Inspiration” and “Camaraderie.”

It discusses our mission, our focus, our extraordinary history, and our accomplished membership.

Please click here to read this impressive look at The Explorers Club as the BBC takes you inside our extraordinary headquarters building on E. 70th St. in New York.


Bill Liss
Communications Chair
Member of the Board of Directors

Milbry Polk Wins Sweeney Medal - ECAD 2019

We are proud to announce Milbry Polk FR’95 as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Sweeney Medal. Awarded annually to a Club Member in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to the welfare and objectives of The Explorers Club, she joins the incredible legacy of the eponymous President Edward C. Sweeney (1968).

Milbry C. Polk has served the Club as an elected Member of the Board of Directors since 2016, co-chaired multiple Annual Dinners, served as Reviews and Contributing Editor of The Explorers Journal since 1998, co-chaired multiple committees, and co-organized multiple successful Club events and programs, including our Polar Film Festival and our Young Explorers Grant program. 

New Horizons Reaches “Ultima Thule”

It is with great pride that we join in congratulating our distinguished colleague and Lowell Thomas Award Winner Dr. Alan Stern FN’17, on leading the NASA New Horizons team that directed the spacecraft first to Pluto in 2015, and then on a historic 30,000 miles-an-hour flyby of the tiny world Ultima Thule (lit. “beyond the known world”) on 1 Jan 2019.

This Kuiper Belt object is 4 billion miles beyond the Sun—the farthest flyby exploration of a planetary body in the history of space exploration. Photographs and scientific data are still coming back to Earth, unveiling the mysteries of the ancient planetesimal Ultima Thule for some 20 more months.

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