Trinity 2019

Currently planned Trinity events are listed below! For the most up to date information, see the OUEC facebook page or join the OUEC facebook group. Events are on Tuesdays at 7:30 in the Earth Sciences department, unless otherwise stated.

Week 1 – Apr 30th
Tim Motz: Traditional Music of Tawang (NE India)
In 2009 Tim led the OU Expedition to Northeast India, an ethnomusicological research trip recording traditional music in the remote Tibetan Buddhist region of Tawang. With a letter of support from the Dalai Lama in hand, he and his team spent a month travelling around remote monasteries, nunneries, and villages, asking the locals to record their folk songs and liturgical music, so that it could be recorded for posterity.

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Week 2 – May 7th
Jonathan Rider: Rafting the Hunza
Jonathan Rider and Edmund Le Brun travel down the Hunza River by raft and foot to discover how China’s recent investment in the Karakoram Highway is transforming this corner of Northern Pakistan. Moving slowly through the landscape, far from the beaten path, Jonathan and Edmund discover how China’s investment in the Karakoram Highway is provoking internal political unrest in Pakistan, and initiating dramatic economic, cultural and environmental change. They experience disaster and triumph as they raft through some of the most spectacular and fragile environments on earth, and bring back insights on regions rarely visited, and seldom understood. 

The talk will provide a lively account of their journey, combining stories from the people they met with the excitement and adrenaline of pioneering new rivers.

May 8th
Dave Rose: Caving and the ‘Ario Dream’
Veteran explorer David Rose, co-author of Beneath the Mountains, first went to Ario and the caves of the Picos de Europa in 1980. This year he will be making his 14th visit. He will give an illustrated talk about the expedition planned for August – September 2019, and the continuing prospects for realising the ‘Ario Dream’ – one huge super-system linking the Pozu del Xitu – Cueva Culiembro complex (already 1,264 metres deep and 15km long) to the Sistema Verdilluenga – Poizu Jultayu section. If and when this is achieved, it has the potential to be more than 1,700 metres deep and 40km long.

Hosted by the Oxford University Caving Club – time and place TBC. OUEC members are free to attend Caving Club talks.

May 10th
Friday Film (10th May): Rangers Without Borders
A short documentary and Q&A with some of the film-makers, rangers and researchers from this expedition who we are lucky enough to have join us for the event. Set to be a fascinating watch, their work focused on ranger livelihoods, anti-poaching and trans-boundary conservation in one of Kyrgystan’s most remote regions: the Tian Shan mountains.
This event will be at 8pm in Christ Church College.

Week 3 – May 14th
Ken Wells and Sarah Patterson: OU Expedition to the Gilbert Islands, 1978
On 12 July 1979, the Gilbert Islands became the independent Republic of Kiribati — 32 atolls and one island (Ocean Island, now called Banaba) scattered over an expanse of the Pacific Ocean equivalent in size to the continental United States.  That was also the year in which Ocean Island was mined-out of phosphate. The OU Gilbert Islands Expedition had embarked the year before, in July 1978, fully aware that both independence and phosphate exhaustion were scheduled.  What was a newly independent country to do without the injection of foreign-exchange capital from its highest-value export?  EF Schumacher’s “Small is Beautiful, a study of economics as if people mattered” had been published in 1973 and was our inspiring theme.  The expedition sought to identify “small-scale” solutions that might, in aggregate, start to generate revenue streams to replace phosphate.  Was this too pious a hope?

Week 4 – May 21st
Chris Powles: Troglodyte Elephants and the Search for Early Man
Chris Powles, leader of the OUEC Expedition to Kenya 1983, will address the Club on exciting information, new to western science, on the cave elephants of Mt Elgon in western Kenya.

Kitum Cave, in Mt Elgon National Park, is well known for elephants going 150m into the mountain to mine salt. Remarkably, it is only now coming to light that Kitum is not alone and that an extensive network of caves is used by elephants. Chris will also describe how a series of archaeological digs led him and Emmanuel Ndiema, Head of Archaeology at the National Museums of Kenya, to visit the remote area of Mt Elgon where these caves are. Finally, we will learn that these elephants are at high risk of dying out and what Emmanuel, OU Zoology PhD Dr Zeke Davidson, Chris and others are planning to do to investigate and mitigate the human-elephant conflict that is tragically killing local people and posing a real threat to the survival of the elephants.

Week 5
May 28th
Tom Warburton: Team Polar Endeavour
Tom is training for the ‘Youngest Solo Unsupported Coast to South Pole’ crossing in a few months time. He will be talking about the challenges of planning a student expedition of this size and difficulty (at 20 years old, and studying at Nottingham), as well as his experiences on a recent Norway training trip. His previous travels have led him to run across Swaziland, cross the Negev desert (until he got arrested that is), end up searching for a French archeologist in Afghanistan and he next plans for an upcoming trip in Syria.
This event will be at 7:30PM in Christ Church College – note the change from our usual venue.