Kellogg Lecture Series to host first guest of the year

By Saara Lampwalla

On Jan. 22, adventurer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes will speak about “Living Dangerously” at Cal Poly Pomona.

The “World’s Greatest Living Explorer,” named by the Guinness Book of World Records, will be featured as a part of the Cal Poly Pomona Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series.

The event will be held in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major. Check-ins will begin at 6 p.m., and food will be provided. The lecture will proceed at 7 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. with a question-and-answer session.

While the entire event is open to the public, advanced registration is required. To register, visit No photography or audio/visual recording is permitted.

The Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series brings distinguished speakers to CPP so that they may refresh the intellectual and cultural life of the school. By introducing students, staff and faculty to modern influential speakers, the program aims to increase inspiration and opportunity for the community to reach higher levels of academic and creative achievement.

Fiennes offers these qualities and more as he stimulates the minds of his listeners with tales of his extraordinary accomplishments, which are listed on his website,

In 1944, Fiennes was born in the United Kingdom. He lived in South Africa before he returned to his home country where he continued his education. Shortly after, he joined the British army and later became its youngest captain.

After getting married in 1970, Fiennes, his wife and many others launched a series of record-breaking expeditions to the North and South Poles, Arabian Desert, Nile River, Arctic Ocean, Antarctic Ocean, Mount Everest and more.

He set records with co-explorer Charles Burton as they reached both poles, crossed the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans, circumnavigated the world along its polar axis and found the legendary lost city of Ubar in Oman.

About three months after a heart attack, a three-day coma and double bypass surgery, Fiennes achieved the first “7x7x7,” which consists of seven marathons in seven consecutive days on all seven continents.

Fiennes is involved with several charities through his adventures, and contributes to organizations such as the Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Delivering Choice Program and British Hearts Foundation.

He won a multitude of awards from 1968 to 2004 including the French Parachute Wings, Man of the Year, Gold Medal NY Explorers Club, The Polar Medal and ITV Award for Event of the Decade.

Fiennes works on other projects that permit him to discuss his unique experiences with others. One method of doing so is by writing and the other is by speaking. Daily Telegraph cited Fiennes as “One of the World’s Greatest Speakers” and he has authored over 20 books including bestsellers, “The Feather Men,” “My Heroes,” “Cold,” and “Agincourt”. “The Feather Men” was adapted into the film “Killer Elite.”


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