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The Future of Exploration (A Free, Virtual Lecture)

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


Registration Required. Go to: https://bit.ly/TerryGarciaTalk

On Wednesday, May 8th, from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, ET, Hamptons Observatory and co-host East Hampton Library are delighted to present a free, virtual lecture by Terry Garcia, former National Geographic Executive Vice President and Chief Science & Exploration Officer, who’ll discuss his new book, The Future of Exploration: Discovering the Uncharted Frontiers of Science, Technology, and Human Potential, an anthology by 36 of the world’s most renowned explorers and visionaries.

Exploration is as old as humankind, but there are still surprises that await us. With technology opening doors that once seemed permanently closed, the 21st century will be the greatest age of exploration in our history. Despite the impressive extent of our accumulated knowledge, we have barely scratched the surface of our understanding of our world, of our universe, and of ourselves.

Accompanied by awe-inspiring photographs by co-author Chris Rainier, each contributor to Garcia’s book shares their personal achievements and insights into what the future of exploration looks like from their respective fields, the challenges they face, and possible solutions. Whether delving into the terrestrial, oceanic, or cosmic frontiers, this discussion will take you on a journey into uncharted realms and inspire you to be a part of the future of exploration.

These first-hand accounts of adventure and discovery include Jane Goodall, Sylvia Earle, Bob Ballard, Sir Richard Branson, Louise Leakey, Zahi Hawass, Yvon Chouinard, Paula Kahumbu, Kris Tompkins, Kakenya Ntaiya, Wade Davis, Nemonte Nenquimo, Carolyn Porco (NASA’s Cassini/Saturn mission), Krithi Karanth, Nainoa Thompson, Wasfia Nazreen, Samuel Ramsey, Sven Lindblad, Lee Berger, and more.

Terry Garcia was the Executive Vice President and Chief Science & Exploration Officer for the National Geographic Society for 17 years. He was responsible for the Society’s core programs, which included more than 400 scientific field research, conservation, and exploration projects annually. Under his leadership, the Society’s programs experienced significant growth in both global impact and prominence. Prior to joining National Geographic, Terry was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He also served as NOAA’s General Counsel from 1994 to 1996. In June 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling where he investigated the root causes of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and made recommendations on how to prevent future incidents. In 2011, he received Peru’s highest civilian award, La Orden del Sol del Peru, for his role in helping repatriate a collection of ancient artifacts taken from Machu Picchu in 1912. Terry is currently president of Exploration Ventures, a company that provides strategic advice and counsel to global clients in a range of sectors.

Hamptons Observatory extends its deepest thanks to Terry for generously taking the time to share his expertise, and to co-host East Hampton Library for their kind collaboration.

Hamptons Observatory (HO), a 501(c)(3) New York State nonprofit, has served the community since 2005. Its mission: to foster interest in science, particularly astronomy, through educational programs. Lectures, star parties, portable planetarium shows and other events are held frequently and often in collaboration with other nonprofit organizations. HO has an observatory in East Hampton that it is renovating to make accessible (in-person and remotely) to students, researchers, educators and the general public. Hamptons Observatory offers all of its public programs free-of-charge (although donations are much appreciated) so that everyone can learn about and enjoy the wonders of their universe. Visit https://HamptonsObservatory.org to learn more and to join our email list for news and event notices. While this lecture is free, donations to support our work are deeply appreciated. To make a tax-deductible donation, please go to https://bit.ly/HO-Zeffy Thanks!


May 8
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


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