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Dan Kobal Event

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World 50x Summit_All Day_All Rooms

World 50x Summit_All Day_All Rooms

American Friends Of Attingham_Second Floor and Gallery_Evening

Dan Kobal Event

Dan Kobal Event

Clark Art Institute_Second Floor_Evening

Columbus Day_Club Closed

Lowell Thomas Weekend

Lowell Thomas Weekend

Lowell Thomas Weekend

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Climate Week

Climate Week

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Climate Week

Climate Week

Fergus Beley_Second Floor_Ann P

Climate Week

Bridal Shower_Anne Stokes_Second Floor_Daytime

Clark Art Institute_Second Floor_Daytime

Paul Rosolie Lecture

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Oceana Board Meeting_Second Floor_Day & Evening

Oceana Board Meeting Set Up

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T-Hold - Ann Passer - Welcome Back

Lacey Tour_10:30am

Garrett Bowden_Private Event_Second Floor_Evening

Squirrel Census

Squirrel Census

Rhinos and Elephants_Alan Kisner

Portugal_Ann P

Glass John Stuart Gordon

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Young Explorers Program

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Oceans Week

Cornell Neurology_Second Floor_Evening_Ashley Aaroe

Steve Elkins_Honduras_Film

MEMORIAL DAY - CLUB CLOSED

Christopher Heinz_Private Event_Second Floor

Memorial Service_Charles Schwartz_Second Floor

Young Explorers Program

Summit 50x_All Rooms_All Day

Summit 50x_All Rooms_All Day

National Museums Scotland_Private Event_Second Floor_Evening

Hold - Ann Holocaust Archaeologist

Saturday Science

Axiom Space Event_Second Floor_Evening

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Mark Moffett_VE Program

Hold - Greely Lecture

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Rick Sharp_Second Floor

The Maiden_Film_Second Floor

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Nightingales in Berlin - Searching for the Perfect Sound

Public Lecture Series with David Rothenberg

A celebrated figure in myth, song, and story, the nightingale has captivated the imagination for millennia, its complex song evoking a prism of human emotions—from melancholy to joy, from the fear of death to the immortality of art.

But have you ever listened closely to a nightingale’s song? It’s a strange and unsettling sort of composition—an eclectic assortment of chirps, whirs, trills, clicks, whistles, twitters, and gurgles. At times it is mellifluous, at others downright guttural. It is a rhythmic assault, always eluding capture. What happens if you decide to join in?

As philosopher and musician David Rothenberg shows in this searching and personal new book, the nightingale’s song is so exceptional in part because it reflects our own cacophony back at us. As vocal learners, nightingales acquire their music through the world around them, singing amid the sounds of humanity in all its paradoxes of noise and beauty, hard machinery and soft melody. Rather than try to capture a sound not made for us to understand, Rothenberg seeks these musical creatures out, clarinet in tow, and makes a new music with them. He takes us to the urban landscape of Berlin—longtime home to nightingale colonies where the birds sing ever louder in order to be heard—and invites us to listen in on their remarkable collaboration as birds and instruments riff off of each other’s sounds.

Through dialogue, travel records, sonograms, tours of Berlin’s city parks, and musings on the place animal music occupies in our collective imagination, Rothenberg takes us on a quest for a new sonic alchemy, a music impossible for any one species to make alone. In the tradition of The Hidden Life of Trees and The Invention of Nature, Rothenberg has written a provocative and accessible book to attune us ever closer to the natural world around us.

David Rothenberg is distinguished professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is the author of many books investigating music in nature, including Why Birds Sing, Survival of the Beautiful, and Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise. His writings have been translated into more than eleven languages and among his twenty-one music CDs is One Dark Night I Left My Silent House, on ECM.

Date: Monday, April 29

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Presentation

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price: $5, valid academic ID required at the door

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Saturday Science

Young Explorers Program

Summit 50x - NY Catering

Summit 50x - NY Catering

Club Closed - Easter Weekend

The Explorers Club is closed today, Monday April 22nd, in observance of Easter Weekend. The Club will open again on Tuesday morning, April 23rd at 9:00am, and there is no public lecture this evening. Please check out calendar of events, or our relevant social media channels, for information on upcoming events and programs.

Easter Sunday 2019

Elena_Clark Art Event_Second Floor_Evening

Hold - Edelman / North Face / Emily Chen - 2nd FL Evening

Possible Presidential Dinner_Ann Passer

Visting Explorer with Peter van Ham

Gaelin Rosenwaks Lecture

Rolex - OWUSS Symposium

Annual OWUSS Symposium
2nd floor
Morning /afternoon event
Request by Dustin Longest on 4/4/18

Lacey Tour_10am

Damien Mander_Private Event

See Ann P

Empowers Africa Event_Member’s Lounge and Second Floor

Gerry Ohrstrom_Second Floor_Evening

Brittany Badik_Board Room_Evening

Brittany Badik_Second Floor

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Trilogy of Nations: Japan, Korea, and China with Sam Mehta

Public Lecture Series with Sam Mehta

During 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.

Throughout the history of Japan, Korea and China, a cultural legacy of Confucianism was infused into each country’s respective societies and had a profound effect on all aspects of life. Buddhism spread from China to Korea and Japan that helped shape spiritual codes of the societies. Contacts with European traders and missionaries shaped developments in the later centuries leading to a dramatic period of WWII. Since then the three great nations have chosen to shed feudal or imperial systems of government and experimented with communism or capitalism. Japan, Korea and China represent three good examples of modern economic miracles that have lifted millions of people out of poverty. However, they all have unique challenges as the 21st century unfolds and are pursuing different course for continued prosperity.

Through images and words, Mehta has attempted to capture the fascinating people and places of this trilogy of nations. He will highlight the elements that bind them together and the self-interest and individualities that pull them apart. In the narration, he will depict the current state of affairs in these countries and shares his views on the differing challenges ahead. Japan is a nation in search of a new path since its economic progress has been stagnant for the past two decades. South Korea is at a crossroads, having to chart a course that continues prosperity yet avoids the social and economic factors that beleaguer Japan. China continues its rapid growth, while trying to expand the consumer side of its economy and its military power.

Despite slower growth, Japan, Korea, and China are experiencing a steady improvement in Human Development Index. They continue to be on the leading edge of creativity and innovation. The vibrancy observed everywhere in the region surely validates the argument that GDP may no longer be the only way to measure growth.

There are lessons to be learned from the West, and the West, too, has lessons to learn from East Asia’s experiences with the accelerating forces of globalization and staggering technological change. This lecture is thus relevant for all.



Suresh (Sam) Mehta is a retired corporate executive with a life-long passion for photography, history, and adventure travel. He has traveled the world to many far-flung destinations. These journeys have inspired several books: Trilogy of Nations: Japan, Korea & China, Silk Road: People and Place and Himalayas: People and Places. All of Sam’s books are given as tokens of appreciation to donors of a designated charity, and they are not for sale. Sam’s last books raised money for the American Himalayan Foundation, which combats girl trafficking through education. For the latest book, topic of today’s lecture, Sam has selected another organization focused on educating underprivileged children: Pratham USA.

Sam takes his photographs in digital format with Canon 5D cameras and various Canon lenses. He is an active member of the famed The Explorers Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club and is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. His formal education includes an MBA from Columbia University in New York and a BS in engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.

Date: Monday April 8, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price: $5 with a valid student ID at the door

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Sailing Stories 2019

Sailing Stories is day focused on sailing-based exploration and conservation. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

9:00 AM Registration – coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion


Speakers —

Frank Blair, MN’18 – “The Schooner Maggie B. – a Southern Ocean Circumvention.”

A true Southern Ocean circumnavigation, around the great capes, Mr. Blair built a 63-foot wooden schooner in Nova Scotia and with an all-volunteer crew, set off on a two-year maiden voyage around the world. Mr. Blair will share his dream voyage aboard the schooner Maggie B; from breakdowns to recoveries, great ports, gales and the apprehension and joys of 4,000-mile blue water passage.

Mr. Blair served in the U.S. Navy for five years as a fighter pilot and received five Air Medals for low-level reconnaissance over North Vietnam. His love of sailing began in childhood and Mr. Blair worked Hurricane Island Outward Bound School for 20 years teaching seamanship. He lives in Maine and on his new schooner, Farfarer.

Tami Oldham Ashcraft – “ADRIFT, the Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea”

Ms. Oldham Ashcraft is an American blue water sailor, author and speaker. She has decades of sailing experience, having accumulated 50,000 offshore miles and is a one-hundred-ton licensed Captain. In 1983, she survived a category four hurricane and spent 41 days alone in the Pacific Ocean. Her book, New York bestseller Adrift (formally Red Sky in Mourning), tells of her terrifying ordeal which was the inspiration for the 2018 film “ADRIFT”. Ms. Oldham Ashcraft uses her story of survival as a foundation for her motivational speaking engagements. She continues to be an avid sailor and lives with her family in the beautiful San Juan Islands, Washington.

Captain Donna Lange – “Sail Twice Around: Inspired Insanity to Sanity: Sailing Stories of Two-time Solo Circumnavigator via the Roaring Forties.”

Captain Lange, along with her partner and Sail Twice Around team leader, Bob Philburn, will present about Captain Lange’s two-time solo circumnavigation. As a 55-year old, musician and registered nurse from the mountains of New York, a mother of four, grandmother of 11; Captain Lange heard destiny's call to offshore sail solo where she would find her inward healing path to overcoming challenges in her life by sailing around the world in her Southern Cross 28' double-ender.

She will share the spiritual growth she experienced alone with the sea, eight months non-stop offshore finally discovering that she has Asperger’s. An author of children’s stories, publishing her first book of her journey soon; Captain Lange produced several music CDs. She is a founder and past Chair of the Board of OceansWatch North America, an organization linking the yachting community with sustainable practice projects in developing island communities in Haiti and the Caribbean.

Dave Rearick – “The Solo Circumnavigation, Was It Worth It?

Mr. Rearick took his first sail on a Sunfish Sailboat on the southern shores of Lake Michigan at age 12 and dreamed of one day competing in a singlehanded race around the world. 40 years later, that day arrived. Onboard Bodacious Dream, a Class 40 commissioned in Wellington, New Zealand to compete in the Global Oceans Race, Mr. Rearick set from Jamestown, Rhode Island on an eight and a half month solo circumnavigation. Mr. Rearick competed in sailing events in the Great Lakes and raced on the Atlantic and Pacific including a series of Class 40 events in North America and Europe.

A recipient of Mike Silverthorne Award from the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society for exemplifying the spirit of singlehanded sailing, Mr. Rearick was inducted into the Great Lakes Sail Racing Hall of Fame in 2018. Off the water, Mr. Rearick coordinates The Atlantic Cup Kids Educational Outreach Program and is an Ambassador for 11th Hour Racing. He wrote for many sailing magazines and published his first book, Spirit of a Dream --A Sailors Ultimate Journey Around the World in October 2018.

John Rousmaniere – “The Golden Pastime: Sailing In Storms and In Glory.”

Author-sailor-lecturer Mr. Rousmaniere left more than 40,000 miles of blue water in his wake, including ocean passages and yacht races. His books about sailing history, the America’s Cup, maritime photography, yacht design, and storms have been widely praised as classics. His Fastnet, Force 10 (about a brutal killer storm in which he sailed) was hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “A gripping book of hair-raising, sometimes heartbreaking anecdote and cool analysis.” His Annapolis Book of Seamanship is a standard instructional manual.

Mr. Rousmaniere has written histories of the New York Yacht Club and other sailing organizations, and of the America’s Cup and Bermuda Race. Mystic Seaport presented him its W.P. Stephens Award “in recognition of a significant and enduring contribution to the history, preservation, progress, understanding, or appreciation of American yachting and boating.” Mr. Rousmaniere (whose last name is pronounced “Room-an-ear”) is an alumnus of Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary. He lives in New York City with his wife, Leah Ruth Robinson.

Date: Saturday, April 6

Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, NY, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes:

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Tickets are $75 for Members and Guests, and $35 for Students under the age of 16.  The price will rise to $80 after March 29, and will NOT be sold at the door. To secure a reservation, you may also email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 212.628.8383.

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