Explorer Elkins to Visit His Alma Mater

Southern Illinois University



Steve Elkins, SIU Alumnus, will Talk about His Jungle Discovery

September 24, 2018

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On Oct. 2 and 3, Steve Elkins, Class of 1973, will be on campus for several events. Elkins is a cinematographer and explorer who is best known for discovering an ancient lost city in a Honduran jungle.  His explorations are chronicled in Doug Preston’s book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, and in National Geographic series. 

On Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., he will present a public lecture about his exploration.  It will be immediately followed by a reception and book signing.   Should a faculty member want to offer extra credit to students who attend, we will have extra credit cards available at the lecture. 

On Oct. 3 at 2:30 p.m., SIU students will have an opportunity to meet Elkins in an informal setting and talk to him about how he has utilized his Saluki education during his career and expeditions.  He strongly believes that SIU is a key element of his success and wants to share his experience.  A flyer is attached for this events.  Coffee and cookies will be provided. 

On Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m., we will host a meet and greet for faculty members with Elkins at the Fermentation Science Institute.  This is an opportunity for faculty members to further discuss the details of his work, the interdisciplinary team he has worked with during this explorations, and other questions they may have about his diverse career.  A flyer for this event is also attached.  

Thank you for your assistance in welcoming Mr. Elkins back to SIU and making his time on campus memorable. 

Vanessa Sneed