Vicarious Voyagers XIX [F-16-59]

Presenter:Ruth Kreuzer, Devon Shipp, Juanita Babcock, Margarita Trotter, John Barthelme, Steven White, Esthela Calderon
Location: Potsdam Civic Center: Community Meeting Room (2 Park St.)
Classes: 4 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Wed 2:00 PM 09/21, 09/28, 10/05, Thu 10/20
Status: CLOSED

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Voyage vicariously to exotic places with our world-traveling presenters via their slide shows. “Super SOARer” and honoree for her “Outstanding Contributions to SOAR,” Ruth Kreuzer (Coordinator of the Vicarious Voyagers) is herself an avid world traveler and photographer. These adventures await you (in this order):

  • Devon Shipp – “Seven Months in Slovenia.” Devon was Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ljubljana and the Slovenian National Institute of Chemistry (doing research into degradable polymer systems). He was accompanied by his wife and two children. Slovenia is close to both eastern and western cities; hence there were family trips to Rome, Budapest, Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Paris, Munich and many other cities. Devon Shipp is a Chemistry Professor at Clarkson University where he is also Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science.
  • Juanita Babcock and Margarita Trotter – “The Culture and People of Cuba.” . 10-Day Road Scholar Trip. Highlights: Cuban Arts; Bay of Pigs Museum; Cuban ranch and rodeo; Cuban pastimes (baseball, dominoes); vintage cars. Juanita Babcock is a world traveler; she has given many VV presentations for SOAR. Juanita is the fall 2015 recipient of the “Leon LeBeau SOARing Educator Award,” given in honor of the many travelogs, cooking classes and other classes and volunteer work for SOAR. Margaret Trotter is originally from Cuba. She is one of the many young children sent to the US on one of the “Peter Pan Flights” during the change (1960-1962) of regimes that brought Castro to power.
  • John Barthelme – “The Sahara Desert: Archaeology, Geology and a Camel Caravan North to Timbuktu, Mali.” Highlights: archaeology and geology of the Sahara Desert; over 1000 kms; three weeks in a camel caravan transporting salt to Timbuktu; history of the salt trade in west Africa. John Barthelme is a retired Anthropology Professor from SLU, and a former African Studies Program coordinator.
  • Steven White and Esthela Calderón – “Nicaragua: Campaigns to Protect its Natural Beauty.” Highlights: urban reforestation; Estanzuela Waterfall; massive protests against a proposed interoceanic canal; the weapon of the word – new eco-poetry. Steven White is a Professor and Esthela Calderón is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at SLU. They are the authors of Culture and Customs of Nicaragua, published by Greenwood Press. They are both poets, and we will hear some of their poetry.

NOTES: 1) Come to any or all of the presentations; 2) Allow extra time to find a parking spot and/or for walking; please do NOT park in the IGA parking lot – those spaces are for customers! 3) Last presentation is two weeks later on a different day, but at the same time.

Cap: 80

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