The Explorers Club’s 2008
Exploration Lecture Series continues in March with three fascinating
On Monday, March 3, 2008, The Explorers Club will host a presentation entitled
Mission Extreme Deep: Exploring the Ends of the Earth-Neptune's Basement by
Club member Dave Gallo of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Gallo was one of
the first oceanographers to use a combination of manned submersibles and
robots to map the ocean world with unprecedented clarity and detail. He was a
co-expedition leader during an exploration of the RMS Titanic and the German
battleship Bismarck, using the Russian Mir subs. He has a passion for
encouraging young minds to look at this planet through their own eyes and to
pursue their own curiosity about what fantastic worlds might exist deep
beneath the waves.
On Monday, March 24, 2008, writer Matthew Parker will present a talk
entitled, PANAMA FEVER: The Epic History of One of the Greatest Engineering
Triumphs of All Time: The Building of the Panama Canal. Parker offers a
groundbreaking account of one of man’s greatest engineering feats and victory
over nature -- the building of the Panama Canal. This epic story takes in the
Spanish Conquistadors, the Darien Disaster, the often fraudulent explorations,
the ‘49 gold rush, the amazing story of the US-built Panama Railroad, the
French attempt to build a sea-level canal in the 1880s (history’s greatest
engineering disaster), and the American triumph, a victory of man over nature
not matched until the moon landings.
On Monday, March 31, 2008, the Club will host a lecture entitled My Yellow
Submarine, from Dream to Reality: A Love Story in Depth by Club member Alan
Winick. Starting with a brief survey of the history of underwater exploration,
Winick will share anecdotes from the 30-year saga that would culminate in the
successful launch of EXPLORER, his one-person submersible. The story explores
the challenges, technical, social, and fiscal, that face a city kid with a
crazy dream, and also examines the real science behind the design of
Tickets for all lectures are
$20 for the General Public, $5 for students with valid i.d.
Lectures are held at our
headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues (subway:
“6” train to 68th Street). Pre-lecture receptions begin at 6:30 pm, while the
talks themselves start at 7 pm. Lectures are open to the general public.
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