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Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Mary Kingsley

Program No. 24609RJ
Join us on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A about Mary Kingsley, one of Britain’s intrepid female explorers.
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In honor of Women’s History Month, this series will celebrate four indefatigable English women who survived dangerous, sometimes near-death encounters — from menacing wildlife to knife-wielding assassins, from shipwrecks to cannibals! These plucky female trailblazers belonged to a rare breed of Britain’s aristocracy or upper middle-class society in an era when it was almost unheard of for a female to travel abroad unaccompanied by a man. Bucking social conventions, the intrepid female explorers of this four-part lecture series embarked on journeys that would often take them to some of the most misogynistic regions of the world. They would each come to be recognized for their fields of expertise — from archaeology to cartography, travel writing to public speaking and philology to diplomacy. In part two of this series, archaeologist and lecturer Nicholas Stavrinides retraces the footsteps of Victorian ethnographer Mary Kingsley. Once called an “explorer in petticoats,” her expeditions into West Africa — often described as the “deadliest spot on earth” — led to close encounters with cannibals and crocodiles.

General Notes

This lecture is the second in a series of four lectures held on consecutive Thursdays starting March 9, 2023. To attend the full series, please also enroll in “Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Lady Hester Stanhope” (program #TBD on March 9, 2023 at 2pm ET), “Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Gertrude Bell” (program #TBD on March 23, 2023 at 2pm ET), and “Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Dame Freya Stark” (program #TBD on March 30, 2023 at 2pm ET). The cost is $25 per lecture.
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Nicholas Stavrinides
Nicholas Stavrinides is a trained archaeologist and art historian. He has excavated in Israel and Greece, and has conducted field studies in Italy and Provence. He received his bachelor's in classical studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master's in classical art and archaeology at the University of Michigan, where he also pursued his Ph.D. Nick is an educator who currently teaches in Northern California. A native San Franciscan, Nick resides in Sonoma County where he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and wine tastings.

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Nicholas Stavrinides is a trained archaeologist and art historian. He has excavated in Israel and Greece, and has conducted field studies in Italy and Provence. He received his bachelor's in classical studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master's in classical art and archaeology at the University of Michigan, where he also pursued his Ph.D. Nick is an educator who currently teaches in Northern California. A native San Franciscan, Nick resides in Sonoma County where he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and wine tastings.





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