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March 2021

GEO’s Members/Friends Exclusive: Virtual Travel to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana with Nino Mohan

March 12, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $10
Penguins Walking on a Sunny Beach

We invite you to travel to South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe while safely nestled in your home. As Nino Mohan expertly narrates each slide, we will take a deep dive into the exploration of travel destinations that most of us are unable to see in person in these times.

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April 2021

Göbekli Tepe: Beyond the Monuments – Marco Polo Series Returns with an Intriguing Presentation

April 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual – LIVE ZOOM
$10 – $15
An aerial/overhead view of the stone circles at Göbekli Tepe

Marco Polo Travel Series Returns with an Exclusive Event:
Following the last Ice Age, human culture entered a new era of adaptation and change termed the Neolithic. Early in this period, almost 12,000 years ago, people in ancient Anatolia built enigmatic structures that could be the world’s first megalithic ritual site - Göbekli Tepe. The ancient complex is so vast that, though archaeologists have been busy excavating it since its discovery in 1994, it still holds many secrets. Along the way, they’ve uncovered strange animal carvings, towering stone pillars, and the earliest known evidence of megalithic rituals. They’re still working to unravel the site’s biggest mysteries: Who built it, and why?

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PHILADELPHIA’S WATER: PRESERVATION/EXPLORATION – the Relationship Between Human Activity and the Health of River Ecology

April 22, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual – LIVE ZOOM
$5 – $10

Many would assume the best thing for the rivers would be a "return to nature", however, that really is not an option. The health of the Delaware River Watershed and its inhabitants depends on a highly managed relationship between human activity and the waterways. Each of our panelists has been deeply involved in that relationship and has valuable insights to share about past, current, and future challenges. 

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May 2021

Memory and Identity: Following the Footsteps of Freedom Fighters in Spain

May 12, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5 – $10
The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Join us for the journey across the Spanish Mediterranean corridor, ending in Catalonia, presented by María Luisa Guardiola, a Professor at Swarthmore College and an expert in Spanish language and literature. 

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June 2021

Honoring Guinness Records Holder Taylor Demonbreun – GEO’s 129th Legacy Event

June 3, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, 237 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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$40 – $60

Join us on June 3rd, 2021 at 6:00 PM, as we celebrate our 130-year legacy in honoring Taylor as our 129th Explorer. Let's raise a glass to reconnect in person, meeting old and new friends, and celebrating Taylor and the world travel! Taylor holds four Guinness World Records: the Youngest to visit all sovereign countries, both overall and female, as well as the Fastest to visit all sovereign countries, both overall and female.

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October 2021

Following Your Gut with Kae Lani Palmisano Exploring the World Cultures Through Food

October 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Plays and Players, 1714 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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$20 – $35

Join Emmy Award-Winning television host and food and travel writer, Kae Lani Palmisano, for an interactive discussion on the many ways in which food expresses cultural identity and how her travels across four continents changed the way she thinks about what we eat. 

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February 2022

KUNGA: 4,500 Years in the Making

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rex at the Royal, 1524 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146 United States
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$5 – $15

Join Dr. Jill Weber as she discusses this incredible find from a royal cemetery in Syria, at the site of Umm el-Marra.  Dr. Weber hypothesized that these animals were, in fact, the ancient kunga based on the population’s demography, behavioral artifacts, and provenance.

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March 2022

SILK ROAD THEN AND NOW: 2200 Years in the Making

March 30 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
gloria dei old swedes church, 916 S Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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$15 – $25
5000 mile journey

SILK ROAD THEN AND NOW: 2200 Years in the Making - presented by experts following in Marco Polo's footsteps (1254–1324) on March 30th, in-person 6:30-9 PM at the Gloria Dei Historic Site.

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May 2022

Back on the Road: Colombia, Panama, and Paris – Crossroads of World Cultures & Reflections on the Psychology of Happiness and Travel

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
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$40 – $50

Marco Polo travelogue series is Back on the Road presenting Crossroads of World Cultures; Colombia, Panama, and Paris. Also, presented by a clinical psychologist, join us to hear about Reflections on the Psychology of Happiness and Travel.  Friday, May 20, 2022 | Academy of Vocal Arts, 6:30-9 p.m. | in-person event 

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June 2022

Honoring the Explorer of the Year Leon McCarron at GEO’s 130th Legacy Event

June 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
University of Peennsylvania Museum, 3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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$75 – $100
Wounded Tigris by Leon McCarron

130th Legacy Event honoring the Explorer of the Year, Leon McCarron - Tuesday, June 4, 2022, at Penn Museum, 5:30-8:30 PM

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