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HOC Talks

Sean Palfrey | April 22, 2021

Join HOC advisor and Adams faculty dean Sean Palfrey for a special Earth Day HOC talk about conservation, exploration, and personal and natural histories.

Meaghan Townsend | April 12, 2021

Join HOC president Meaghan Townsend for a discussion of the place names of the White Mountains and their implications for HOC. 
If you want to test your knowledge after watching the talk, try your hand at White Mountains Jeopardy here!

Nathan Oalican | March 31, 2021

The cost of gear is one of the main barriers to accessing the outdoors. Join resident HOC gearhead Nathan Oalican for this concise presentation of tips, tricks, and common pitfalls to avoid when seeking affordable outdoors gear.

Dr. Arlene Blum | March 4, 2021

The legendary Dr. Arlene Blum tells the story of her parallel careers in mountaineering and chemistry.

From leading expeditions to some of the world’s highest and most challenging mountains to spearheading scientific research to protect human health and the global environment, Arlene Blum leads an extraordinary life. In this dramatic slide lecture Blum will share the best photos and stories from her life, illustrating both her scientific research and her mountaineering expeditions to the world’s highest and most dangerous mountains.

Sarah Lockwood, Emily Quigley, and Liz Roux | March 1, 2021

On this hourlong panel, cohosted by HOC and HMC, three amazing panelists share their reflections on the experience of women in the outdoors and how we can make it a more inclusive space for all.

Sarah Lockwood

Sarah Lockwood is the founder and CEO and College Outside, which provides gear discounts to over 500 universities and thousands of students around the country.  She was born and raised in Hawaii, and was introduced to rock climbing and the outdoors in college through the Tufts Mountain Club. Despite loving many outdoor activities including mountain biking, surfing, and backpacking, she “found” paragliding in 2017 and never looked back. She has now flown and competed all over the world and loves helping empower others through flight.

Emily Quigley

Emily Quigley is the former Director of Harvard College’s First-Year Outdoor Program, and the current Director of Tufts Wilderness Orientation, both outdoor-based pre-orientation programs for incoming first-year students. She previously worked at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander, Wyoming designing custom courses for over 40 different organizations, ranging from NASA astronaut candidates to the Archer School for Girls. She is passionate about providing transformative experiences to students, and using the outdoors as a medium for community-building, growth, and healing. Emily is originally from the mountain-less but gator-full swamps of South Florida, and will defend it to anyone who will listen. She is thankful for the opportunity to have recreated mostly on ancestral Seminole, Wabanaki, Abenaki, Cheyenne, Shoshone, and Arapaho lands.

Liz Roux

From surviving a grizzly bear attack in Alaska to leading collegiate outdoors trips on the Appalachian Trail, Liz reveres the wilderness for its power to humble and heal. For the past 2 years, Liz has worked as a wilderness therapy field instructor in southwest Utah utilizing the healing power of nature to guide struggling adolescents on their clinical therapy journeys. Previously, she served as a leader and mentor in the Harvard Outing Club and the Harvard First-Year Outdoor Program. In her free time, Liz enjoys trail running, cycling, rock climbing, and scuba diving.

Michael Horvath | February 1, 2021

Join Michael Horvath for a HOC talk about his company, Strava, and making the most of one’s time in life and in the outdoors! 

Michael Horvath is Co-founder and CEO of Strava, the digital platform for athletes, based in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2009, Strava has grown from a handful of friends to a brand that is loved by over 70 million athletes around the world. Prior to Strava, Michael co-founded Kana Software, an enterprise software firm, and was the CFO and VP of Operations at GlycoFi, a biotech company. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University and an A.B. in economics from Harvard University where he was men’s lightweight crew team captain and the seeds of what would become Strava were first planted. In a former life, Michael was an economics professor at Stanford University and an entrepreneurship professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Len Necefer | November 13, 2020

Join scholar-activist Dr. Len Necefer for a discussion of traditional ecological knowledge, the importance of the Indigenous vote, the role of the outdoors industry in activism, and much more.

Len Necefer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor with joint appointments with the American Indian Studies program & the Udall Center for Public Policy. In addition, he is the founder & CEO of Colorado-based outdoor apparel company NativesOutdoors. His research focuses at the intersection of indigenous people and natural resource management policy. He recently co-directed the film “Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee” about the Gwich’in fight to protect the Arctic Refuge. In his spare time Len is an avid outdoor adventurer using rock/ice climbing, high altitude & ski mountaineering, and type 2 fun to convey stories focused on environmental activism & indigenous history. His work has appeared in the Alpinist, the Climbing Zine, Outside Magazine, Climbing, Patagonia’s Cleanest Line, and the Telluride Mountain Film Festival.

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