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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

THE EXPLORERS CLUB ANNOUNCES MARCH EVENTS IN NEW YORK CITY




New York, NY (March 1, 2012) – Each month The Explorers Club features events open to the public with a chance to meet world class explorers and field scientists covering a variety of subjects in the world of exploration. Our weekly Public Lecture Series is held each Monday night, including a reception in the Club’s library preceding the lecture. 

“Our Explorers Club Lecture series continues to provide exciting presentations and an opportunity to meet some of the most interesting people on earth,” said Lorie Karnath, the Club’s 37th President. “Our lectures are particularly important mandate presenting The Explorers Club as one of the leading scientific and education venues in New York City.”



Galya Morrell's Uummannaq: Revival of the Aja Ajaja



On Monday, March 5th, join us in this rare opportunity with Galya Morrell to look into the lives and disappearing culture of the Inuit as they take part in Uummannami Nipi, a collaboration of native hunters, international artists and local children whose goals are to revive the spirit of the community,  protect the unique Greenlandic values that are disintegrating, and thereby prevent the epidemic of suicides among the region’s youth caused by the stresses of abrupt climate change and the advance of “consumer civilization.”



Julia Calfee's The last Songs of the Glaciers



On March 12th, multi-media artist, photographer, writer and animator Julia Calfee will share 800 photographs along with 200 recorded sounds of ice and glaciers melting away. These astonishing recordings contain sounds and rhythms reminiscent of helicopters and beating drums. The photographs are often abstract, emphasizing the natural universal forms found in the nature of the high alpine valleys and mountains. These elements have been combined with video for the presentation, which includes a film about the process.




Explorers Club Annual Dinner 2012 - How Far is Far: Remote Exploration


On Saturday, March 17th, The Explorers Club Annual Dinner presents How Far is Far: Remote Exploration with keynote speaker Ken Burns (The Civil War, Lewis and Clark, The National Parks), who has been named one of the most influential documentary filmmakers of all time by Realscreen Magazine. He will be joined by Robin Esrock, the creator, writer and host of World Travels, a 40-part adventure series seen in over 100 countries and 18 languages. This exclusive event will be held at the Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom.




Explorers Club Movie Night - Fraser Heston's The Search for Michael Rockefeller


Post ECAD on Monday, March 19th, The Explorers Club presents filmmaker Fraser Heston’s The Search for Michael Rockefeller. In 2007, Heston discovered a lost cache of unedited 1969 footage shot by adventure author Milt Machlin, during his expedition to the cannibal coast of New Guinea in search of the lost scion, Michael Rockefeller. The film includes previously unreleased footage and eyewitness interviews, including some startling revelations which shed new light on the unresolved mystery of Michael’s disappearance. In the tradition of Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man, director Fraser Heston, producers Alex Butler and Heather J. Thomas, along with editor Ted Hughes, have created an entirely new film from Milt Machlin’s unedited epic documentary.




David Haskell's The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature



The Lecture Series continues on March 26th with David George Haskell, who will describe the outcome of an unconventional experiment in scientific and aesthetic exploration: he watched one square meter of old growth forest for a year, using his skills as an ecologist and evolutionary biologist to understand the workings of the forest. This lecture illustrates the insights that he gained from this experiment. He discusses the nature of communication in the forest, explaining how quiet observation opened the acoustic and chemical “social network” among the living organisms in the forest. The emphasis of this talk is scientific, but Haskell also reflects on humanity’s relationship to forests, suggesting that contemplative practices in nature offer one way to integrate science and ethics.




For more information visit: www.explorers.org



About The Explorers Club
The Explorers Club was founded in New York City 1904 by a group of the world’s leading explorers of the time. It is a multidisciplinary, not for profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to 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. With 3,000 members worldwide, the organization is headquartered at 46 East 70th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021. Tel. 212 628 8383; explorers.org













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