Dr. Laurence Michalak
Dr. Laurence Michalak is a cultural anthropologist and specialist in North Africa and Europe, originally from Woodland, California. After a B.A. at Stanford (1964), Larry was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, then did his M.A. at the University of London (1970) and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley (1983). At Cal, Larry was Vice Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and taught for 23 years, retiring in 2002. He speaks flulent Arabic and French, good Spanish and fair German, and has traveled and done research in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has taught the anthropology of food, tourism, migration, globalization, and problems of economic development. He is the author of books on social legislation and labor migration and is currently working on a book on informal commerce. He has been lecturing and hosting Cal Discoveries trips for over twenty years, usually accompanied by his wife, Dr. Karen Trocki.
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