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Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary
professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and
the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since
its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and
unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide.
The Club provides
assistance in expedition planning, awards fieldwork grants to
scientists, writers, and photographers, and at our famed annual
dinners, honors accomplishments in exploration. But probably the most
powerful resource available to those who join the Club is fellowship
with other members--a global network of expertise, experience,
technology, industry, and support. The Explorers Club actively
encourages public interest in exploration and the sciences through its
public lectures program, publications, travel program, and other
events. The Club also maintains Research Collections, including a
library and map room, to preserve the history of the Club and to assist
those interested and engaged in exploration and scientific research.
**Note: location change in MayNOTE:
We will be trying another lunch/meeting location in May. This time, we
will be at Senate’s End (Dupre Catering and Events). See more details
The May meeting of the Greater Piedmont Chapter of The
Explorers Club will be Friday, May 12th. Our speaker will be chapter
member James W. Borton and the topic is "Environmental Security: A Crucible in the South China Sea." See more details below.
will meet at "Senate’s End", 316 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
This is at the west end of Senate Street at the Congaree River. Parking
will not be a problem as they have plenty of spaces on the property.
can find more info on Senate's End at:http://www.duprecatering.com/.
Cost for the lunch will be $20.00 (maybe a little less).
If you plan to attend, please RSVP (by Tuesday the 9th) to David Brinkman at email@example.com.
More on the topic and our speaker:
Since December 2013, China has added more than 1,200 hectares to islands
in the South China Sea (See this link). The geopolitical implications of these land
reclamation efforts are well documented: The majority of the activity
has taken place on the Spratly Islands, an archipelago in the waters
between Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines, all of which – along
with China, Taiwan, and Brunei – have competing claims to the region.
has been less discussed is the environmental impact, which borders on
catastrophic. China’s activities are endangering fish stocks,
threatening marine biodiversity, and creating a long-term threat to
some of the world’s most spectacular sea life. Join us in the
intersection of science and policy.
James W. Borton
teaches writing in the English Department at the University of South
Carolina and and he has previously taught Marine Science students at
Coastal Carolina University how to use figurative language in their
science papers. He’s a former foreign correspondent for The Washington
Times, where he has conducted interviews with heads of state, including
Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia , Fidel Ramos, former president
of the Philippines and other foreign leaders.
book Venture Japan: How Growing Companies Worldwide Can Tap into the
Japanese Venture Capital Markets, was published by Probus in 1992. He
has edited The Art of Medicine in Metaphors (Copernicus Healthcare)
2013 and edited The South China Sea: Challenges and Promises. His
latest book, Islands and Rocks in the South China Sea Post Hague Ruling
has just been released. He has participated in numerous conferences on
the South China Sea in Washington, DC and in Asia.
He’s currently a faculty associate at the Walker Institute and also a senior fellow at the US-Asia Institute.
holds both a B.A and a M.A with honors in English and American
Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and has
been a former National Endowment Fellow at Yale University. He has also
been an active member of the President's Circle of The Asia Society in
New York City and the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong and
Phnom Penh. He’s also a National Fellow in the Explorers Club.
MEETINGS, GREATER PIEDMONT CHAPTER
The Greater Piedmont Chapter holds luncheon meetings on the second
Friday of each month at 12 noon at the Capital City Club in
Columbia, SC. Cost for lunch is $20.00. Please
email your attendance plans to David Brinkman at
Often people show up who have not made reservations. We try to make
sure there is more seating than reservations, but please notify us in
advance to be assured a place. If you are bringing any guests, please
email David their name(s). We like to record who attended each meeting.
The Fort Congaree II Flag Expedition