859th Harvard Travellers Club Meeting

The fifth meeting of the 2016-2017 season will be held in the Massachusetts Room of the Harvard Club on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Cocktails are served at 6:00 p.m., dinner is at 6:45 p.m., and the meetings begin about 8:00 p.m. The price is $71 each for members and guests. The deadline for dinner reservations is noon of the preceding Friday, Feb 10th. Please notify Club VP Tamara Busch using email (preferred), a postcard, or by telephone. Reservations received after the deadline may not be accepted or could incur a $10 late fee. Members and guests who fail to attend without canceling their reservation prior to the above deadline may be liable for the dinner charge.

Annual Members Night

Members Night presentations are always one of the highlights of the year. This year we will once again be treated to presentations from four of our members.

Rob Stephenson: Landmarking in England, Scotland and Italy
With ‘hard travel’ behind him, Rob Stephenson has travelled comfortably from landmark to landmark over the past dozen years. You can too!

Tamara Busch: Camping on the Ice Floe North of Baffin Island
Tamara will relive her 10 days camping on the ice floe between Baffin and Bylot Islands. After flying to Pond Inlet, the northern-most point on Baffin Island, she travelled east for over 4 hours by sled until reaching the edge of where the frozen Atlantic Ocean once more became open water. Tamara and her fellow travelers spent the following week kayaking among the ice, cross-country skiing, hiking on Bylot Island (a bird sanctuary), and keeping a sharp eye out for shifting ice, polar bears, narwhals, bow head whales, seals, and numerous migratory birds

Diana Fischer: MBA Trip to Singapore and Malaysia: A Tale of Two Countries
Tag along on a dynamic academic journey to the Asia Pacific with Boston University’s EMBA class of 2016. Follow them as they travel (many for the first time) to Singapore and Malaysia in March of 2016 to analyze and compare their very dynamic economic, social, and political systems. Explore the highly successful, developed, and disciplined economy of Singapore and experience the rapidly growing and evolving country of Malaysia. Learn how these nations’ very different economic, social, and political policies have shaped their vibrant nations and see how they have impacted their populations for generations.

Marilyn Stempler: My Second Life as an Observer of Foreign Elections on Behalf of the US State Department
Bullets to Ballots: An extraordinary transition! Explore the highlights of my observation of elections from 1996-1998 in the war torn county of Bosnia/Herzegovina and also after the war in Kosovo 2000-2001, to the Ukraine Orange Revolution in 2004, the Kazakhstan elections of 2007 and 2015, and the Georgia elections of 2008 and 2016.

The 2016-2017 Season at a Glance

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  • October 11, 2016 Tonya & Brad Clement: The Everest Peace Project

  • November 9, 2016 Jon Turk: Crocodiles and Ice

  • December 13, 2016 Elissa Landre: Bonelli's Eagle and Bull Jumpers - Nature and Culture of Crete

  • January 10, 2017 Robert Breyer: Admiral Byrd's Polar Expedition - A Narrative by His Grandson

  • February 14, 2017 Members' Night: Four Short Presentations by Club Members

  • March 14, 2017 Daryl Hawk: Distant Journeys - Places Where Time Stands Still

  • April 11, 2017 Mark Richey: Exploring the Kishtwar Valley of Kashmir

  • May 16, 2017 Christopher Golden: Surprising Connections between the Environment and Humans


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    • May 2016 William Barton: Exploring Sable Island

    • April 2016 George Trumbull: Rabat & Meknes - Pirates and Potentates

    • March 2016 Timothy Walker & Daniela Melo: Cochin, Goa and Diu - The Past Hidden in Plain Sight

    • February 2016 Members' Night: Four Short Presentations by Club Members Edward Wendell, Jenifer Craig, Susan Holcombe, and Madelon Bures & Diane Wenckebach

    • January 2016 Wendy Booker: 90 Degrees Latitude and Longitude… Incredible!

    • December 2015 Carl Safina: Beyond Words - How Killer Whales, Elephants and Wolves Think and Feel

    • November 2015 Polly Mahoney & Kevin Slater: Canoeing with the Cree

    • October 2015 Nils Navarro: Cuba, the Queen of the Caribbean

    • June 2015 Members' Night: Four Short Presentations by Club Members Jo-Del Gaeth (China), Judy Gregg (Antarctica), Eli Dow (Burma) and Nils Bonde-Henriksen (Iceland)

    • May 2015 Cheryl Knott: Borneo, Orangutans in the Wild

    • April 2015 Patricia Glyn: A Journey of Discovery, Trekking with the Khomani San/Bushmen of the Kalahari

    • March 2015 Curt DiCamillo: Magnificence, Marriage & Murder – The Story of Scotland's Brodick Castle

    • January 2015 Sarah Garlick: Wild Stone – Big Wall Climbing in Greenland and a Climbing-Science-Conservation Project in Mozambique

    • December 2014 Joseph A. Greene: Travellers in the Holy Land – From the Siege of Acre to the Wilderness of Zin

    • November 2014 Nathan Benn: Peru and the Royal Tombs of the Moche Culture

    • October 2014 Matt Gross: Why I Can't Make Sense of Turkey, But Love It Anyway

    • May 2014 John King: Close Encounters Of The Wild Kind - Adventures At The Top Of The Food Chain

    • April 2014 Shawn Carey: Epic Journeys - Tracking The Migrations Of Shorebirds In The Western Hemisphere

    • March 2014 Joseph Schuldenrein: Afghanistan The Glory Of Mes Aynak - Past Magnificence, Future Threats

    • February 2014 Members' Night: Four Presentations by Club Members

    • January 2014 Freddie Wilkinson: Mountain/Story

    • December 2013 Dr. Jerry Vanek: Serum Run '25 - The Great Race Against Death

    • November 2013 Deborah Hoard: They Call It Myanmar - Lifting The Curtain

    • October 8, 2013 Don Gurewitz: Bhutan - Inside The "Land Of The Thunder Dragon"

    • May 2013 Greg Child: K2, A Very Hard Way

    • April 2013 Jennifer Berglund: Defending Eden – The Waorani Student Project

    • March 2013 Christina Thompson: The Discovery and Settling of Polynesia

    • February 2013 Members' Night: Four Presentations by Club Members

    • January 2013 Janet Bergman Wilkinson, Freddie Wilkinson & Mark Richey: Indian Summer - 6 First Ascents in the Eastern Karakoram

    • December 2012 Stephen Loutrel: Sailing and Mountaineering in Northern Labrador

    • October 2012 Rosemary Mahoney: Down the Nile; Alone on a Fisherman's Skiff

    • May 2012 Alex S. MacLean: Aerial Reflections

    • April 2012 Mitchell Zuckoff: Lost In Shangra-la

    • March 2012 Christina Thompson: The Maori People of New Zealand

    • February 2012 Members' Night: Four Presentations by Club Members

    • January 2012 Donald Freeman: Venice - Saving A World Heritage Site

    • December 2011 Alan Hoffman: The Yukon Quest

    • November 2011 Dr. Wouter van Hoven: Operation Noah's Ark - Restoring Angola's Wildlife

    • October 2011 David Roberts & Ed Ward: The Southeast Face of Mt. Dickey, Alaska

    • May 2011 Rich Wilson: Race France To France, Leave Antarctic To Starboard

    • April 2011 Kathryn Bard: Mersa/Wadi Gawasis - A Pharaonic Harbor On The Red Sea

    • March 2011 Alex Honnold: Alone On The Wall

    • February 2011 Members' Night: Four Presentations By Club Members

    • January 2011 Chris Leahy: Mongolia - The Last Wilderness Nation Faces The Global Market Economy

    • December 2010 Mark W. Moffett: Adventures Among Ants

    • November 2010 Alice DeLana: Provence - A Love Affair

    • October 2010 Jon Bowermaster: One Ocean

    • May 2010 Dr. Isobel Williams: Edward Wilson, Life and Times

    • April 2010 Patricia Glyn: Footing with Sir Richard's Ghost

    • March 2010 Tina Ramme: African Lions and Maasai Nomads

    • February 2010 Members' Night: Four Presentations by Club Members

    • January 2010 Peter Athans: Secrets of Shangra-La: Re-Discovering the Caves of Mustang

    • December 2009 Delafield DuBois: Back Roads: A 24-Day Journey Through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    • November 2009 Conrad Anker: The Shark's Fin

    • October 2009 Geoffrey Clark: Abandoned in the Arctic

    • May 2009 Lou Jones: Travel + Photography: Off The Charts

    • April 2009 Dr. Lucy Der Manuelian: Armenia - Mountains, Monuments, Manuscripts And Miracles

    • March 2009 Mark Richey: Climbing And Exploring Around The World

    • February 2009 Members' Night: Five Presentations by Club Members

    • January 2009 Wayne Petersen: Svalbard – An Arctic Naturalist's Paradise

    • December 2008 Chris Davenport: Skiing Colorado's 14ers And Beyond – Ski Mountaineering The World's Great Mountains

    • November 2008 Sebastian Junger: A Journalist In The World's War Zones – Report From The War In Afghanistan

    • October 2008 Anita Klaussen & Bud Collins : Bhutan, The Happy, Sleepy Himalayan Kingdom