Public Lecture Series with Tom Fremantle: Follow the Frontier
Where: The Explorers Club
46 E. 70th St.
212-628-8383 Price: $25
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Mr. Fremantle will discuss his 1000-mile walk along the US-Mexico border – it zigzagged between the two countries – with a street dog called Pancho. The talk will focus on the challenges and dangers faced when covering an average 25 miles a day, but also the immense goodwill shown on both sides of the border.
He will touch on some other writers who have travelled with animals, including John Steinbeck and his French poodle, Charley; Dervla Murphy and her mule, Jock; and Robert Louis Stevenson and his poor, much-thrashed donkey, Modestine.
The lecture will also include his experiences living on the US-Mexico border, especially Ciudad Juárez, where he worked for a spell as an English teacher and a volunteer at a refuge for the homeless and the drug-addicted on the fringes of the Chihuahua Desert.
In 2010, the year he arrived in Juárez, the city suffered over 3,000 gangland killings and was described as – controversially – ‘the world’s most dangerous place.’ During his time in Juárez he met, and will describe, many extraordinary and inspiring people, prepared to take a stand against all the violence and corruption, including ex-gang leaders and a drug smuggler in Los Angeles, who now devote all their time to helping the most vulnerable in Juárez, many of them ex-gang members.Buy tickets/get more info now