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Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Dame Freya Stark

Program No. 24617RJ
Join us on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A about Dame Freya Stark, one of Britain’s intrepid female explorers.
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At a Glance

In honor of Women's History Month, this 4-part series celebrates four indefatigable English women who survived dangerous, sometimes near-death encounters. These female trailblazers belonged to a rare breed of Britain's upper-class society in an era when it was almost unheard of for a female to travel abroad unaccompanied by a man. Bucking social conventions, these explorers embarked on journeys that would often take them to some of the most misogynistic regions of the world. In part four of this series, archaeologist and lecturer Nicholas Stavrinides takes you on the 100-year journey of Dame Freya Stark, who lived an epic life as a prolific travel writer and accomplished photographer. This “nomad queen” traveled to the remote valley of Alamut in northern Iran where a notorious sect of Shiite assassins (mythologized by Marco Polo in the late 13th century) dwelled. Her intrepid expeditions took her to the Hadhramaut, a forbidding gateway to the frankincense route in southern Arabia where few Westerners had ventured. And in her mid-seventies, this intrepid explorer made it to an isolated and nearly inaccessible region of Afghanistan to photograph the 800-year-old Minaret of Jam.

General Notes

This lecture is the last 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 #24605 on March 9, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET), “Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Mary Kinsley” (program #24609 on March 16, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET), and “Online Lecture: Britain’s Intrepid Female Explorers — Gertrude Bell” (program #24613 on March 23, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET). The cost is $25 per lecture. Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.

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