Expert Lecture Team
Enrichment is the key to rewarding exploration. A world-class team of experts will join us to illuminate the history of empires, the varied cultures we encounter, and the outstanding examples of art and architecture we visit. They will use a special in-flight multimedia system for informative lectures on the jet, and join travelers in discussions during meals and special events on land. In addition, each traveler will receive a complimentary iPad® loaded with trip-related content.
For details on the 2014 expert lecturer team, please review the biographies provided below.
Lecturer Alexander “Alec” B. Murphy, Professor of Geography and Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts & Sciences at University of Oregon, is a political-cultural geographer with regional specialties in Europe and the Middle East. His work focuses on the ways in which the changing political organization of space reflects and shapes ethnic, socio-economic, and environmental processes; the foundations and consequences of influential geopolitical ideas and assumptions; the role of legal and political arrangements in mediating human-environment relations; and the importance of geographical education for efforts to address critical challenges facing the contemporary world.
Photographer Chris M. Rogers’ early professional years were spent mostly in fashion, where Chris developed his technical skills and the ability to anticipate, adapt and manage both people and process. He eventually merged his talent for portraits with his love of place and evolved into travel photography. Editorial shoots have taken him from remote villages in Honduras to bustling markets in Bangkok; from luxury resorts in Fiji to barbecue joints in the backroads of Alabama; from the glitz of the Indy 500 to the quiet savannas of Africa. Advertising clients, such as automotive, pharmaceutical, hotels, and technology have provided varied experiences of wrangling a crew of 20 on the slopes of Canada to trudging solo through the flooded rice fields of Bali. Chris looks forward to helping you photograph the vibrant cultures and stunning scenery you will encounter on this journey.