Maasai Oral Histories Project The Explorers Club   Center for Teaching International Relations at DU


  the team
Robert Pearlman  
ROBERT PEARLMAN, MED (Expedition/ Project Co-Leader)
Robert Pearlman was a senior marketing and communications executive in the nonprofit arena for many years. In 1984, he received a Lindbergh Foundation grant for intercultural communications for a project titled Learning How the Maasai See. The Maasai Mara Expeditions, organized and led by Mr. Pearlman in 1981-85, were also sponsored by The Explorer's Club and funded by Rolex Watch USA, Ambercrombie & Kent, and Discover Magazine. Filmed by British television for inclusion in a 13-part series titled Village Earth, the Maasai segment was later aired in the United States on the Discovery Channel.

Since 1987, Mr. Pearlman has volunteered with the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation as a member of the Board and the Technical Review panel. In 1989-91, Mr. Pearlman worked as a USAID consultant for the government of Botswana, and from 1984-89, he was a member of Yale University's Council Committee for the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Mr. Pearlman also led a youth initiative called Planetfest, sponsored by The Explorers Club, that brought together 25 essay winners and Carl Sagan to watch the Voyager encounter with Saturn at Jet Propulsion Laboratories, in California. He produced pro bono marketing materials for The Cousteau Society for five years, and he was also a member of an Explorers Club sponsored Whale Rescue Expedition to Baja, Mexico, to test equipment for marine mammal strandings.

In 1998, Mr. Pearlman was awarded The Explorers Club Edward C. Sweeney Medal. From 1999-2003, he organized and led a series of expeditions to document Flaccid Trunk Syndrome, a mysterious disease that causes paralysis in African elephants. Mr. Pearlman learned to speak Maa in 1973, and has worked with, lived with, and has been involved with the Maasai for over 30 years.

CHARLES BRUSH, MED (Expedition/ Project Co-Leader)
Charles F. Brush is a graduate of Yale, Class of 1945 and the holder of a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University. In 1986 he climbed 22,057' Llullaillaco Mountain in South America to investigate the highest known archeological site 100' below the summit. He tested a one-man, untethered submersible to a depth of 1,117'. Between 1982 and 1988 he led five Andean High Altitude Expeditions which collected theretofore unknown species, chemically processed on-site samples of water from the world's highest lake in the crater of Volcano Lincancabur for later isotope analysis, and established the world altitude record (19,300') for SCUBA diving in that lake. Earlier, he directed archeological surveys in Mexico which uncovered evidence of a deliberate alloying of bronze and the earliest carbon 14 dated ceramics there.

At various times in his career he was a Curatorial Associate at the Peabody Museum at Yale University, a Research Associate at the University of South Carolina and a Field Associate of the American Museum of Natural History. He was from 1984 to 1990 a member of the Yale University Council and chaired the Council's committee on the Peabody Museum. From 1981 to 1987 he was a member of the Sierra Club Foundation Board of Directors, and Councilor of the American Geographical Society from 1969- 2004.

He was President of The Explorers Club from 1978-1981. While Club President, he more than quadrupled public service grants, established the mortgage retirement fund, and substantially increased corporate membership. The proudest accomplishment of his Presidency was the admission of women for the first time to the Club. He is a Life Member of the American Alpine Club, past Director of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Corporate Director of Deep Ocean Technology. He is currently an Emeritus Director of Brush Engineered Materials, having served on the Board until 2004.

MORTON BEEBE, FN '78 (Communications Leader)
A member and officer of the Northern California Chapter of The Explorers Club, Mort was the 39th person to reach the South Pole during Operation Deep Freeze. His photo essays covering historic events in Antarctica were published in National Geographic, Life, Paris Match and Stern. Since then, Mort has covered the world for corporate clients that include Minolta, Nikon, Bank of America, Chevron and American Airlines, along with editorial assignments for Travel & Leisure, Geo, Ski, and National Geographic, among others.

In addition to photography, Mort has produced such films as The Graduate and Petulia. He also pioneered the stock photography business, helping to establish and successfully grow The Image Bank, the first modern stock agency. He has also published several books, including Operation Deep Freeze, Antarctica, and the highly acclaimed San Francisco: City by the Bay, which was first published in 1985, and has sold out five printings and is now in a third edition.

Mort was the expedition photographer for the Maasai Mara Flag Expedition in 1983, led by Mr. Pearlman and Mr. Brush. Replacing team member Carol Beckwith, who had to cancel at the last minute, Mort packed, renewed his passport, and arrived at the staging area in Kenya with his cameras within six days notice.

KAROL ROSE (Education Leader)
Karol Rose (educational consultant) has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education (Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee) and a Masters of Education in Reading and Learning Disabilities from Columbia Teacher's College in New York. Ms. Rose has been a teacher trainer for a number of colleges and universities, including Peabody College (TN) and Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, Brooklyn College and NYU in New York. The author of four books and numerous articles, Ms. Rose's work for the last 25 years has focused on work and life issues. She has consulted to hundreds of companies and worked for such organizations as Time Warner, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has developed child care curriculum, programs and community services, and has also designed a number of training programs for a variety of settings, including the country of Singapore. Ms. Rose has traveled extensively in Africa and is a member of the International Women's Forum. Ms. Rose is responsible for the development of a study plan to facilitate the interaction of Maasai and American students. Her involvement with the project is voluntary, and the study plan will be completed prior to the actual project work in Kenya.
ILANA PEARLMAN (Technology Leader)
Ilana Pearlman earned her BA at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in Environmental Science and Management. Ms. Pearlman worked for the Boulder County Parks Department managing a project that studied the impact of human encroachment on mountain lions. Responsibilities included organizing volunteers, random surveys, mapping human/ mountain lion encounters, and lecturing at national wildlife symposiums. Ms. Pearlman worked on the Floppy Trunk Expeditions in Zimbabwe and brings to this project her internet technology expertise in the field.
DAVID OLE PASWA (Maasai Elder, Project Liaison)
David Ole Paswa (Maasai team member) was also a member of the Maasai Mara Expeditions in 1983-85. He is a graduate of American University, Washington, DC, and later worked for the UNDP in Kenya. Mr. Paswa has continuously worked towards balancing the modernization of Kenya with the preservation of Maasai culture. He is currently developing Maasai owned-and operated safari camps in Kenya. Mr. Paswa will act as liaison with the senior elders and the elder council members, with responsibilities of organizing and facilitating the project in Kenya.
REGINA NAISIAE (Maasai Education Liaison)
Regina Naisiae Nakola was educated at the Nkareta Primary School and received her secondary education at St. Mary's School in Narok. Her professional education was completed at the Holy Rosary Sisters Secretarial College and, until recently, she was employed as the Asst. Medical Coordinator with the Diocese of Ngong. Regina will facilitate the interface with schools and Maasai women's groups.
Arthur Phipps was Vice President and General Manager of Xerox Corp., founding President Xerox Management Assoc., and President of Lifeline Corp. He is the recipient of US Chamber of Congress Blue Chip Award for excellence in small business and the Shingo Award for manufacturing excellence. He has been guest lecture at MIT's Sloan School of Management, Northeastern Business School Master's program, and Babson College. He was also active in supporting non-profit organizations as President of Rochester, New York Museum and Science Center, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Genesee Settlement House, and President West Point Society of Rochester. He received his BS from the United States Military Academy, MS in Electronics from University of Rochester, and is a graduate of Harvard's Graduate School of Business.