DR. DEOLINDA ADAO
Dr. Deolinda Adao holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures with an emphasis in Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures and a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. For the years she was the director of Portuguese Studies Program in the Department of World Languages of California State University, San José, and instructor of Spanish and Portuguese at Berkeley City College in the Peralta Community College District, since 2007. She had directed Study Abroad Summer Programs to Cuba and Portugal for the last 20 years.
She has published five books, many literary articles, several interviews, and 4 translations (poetry and prose). She has docent two exhibits, one at the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley and the other at the Doe Library of the same institution, where she has been the director of the Center for Portuguese Studies since 2000.
Her research interests include Gender Studies and Post-Colonial Studies, mostly in the Portuguese and Spanish speaking societies. Although she focuses on Literature, her scope is multidisciplinary in nature and cultural based. As such, she incorporates History, Sociology, Philosophy, and Political Science in her analysis of Art in general and Literature in particular aiming at identifying processes of gender and natural identity construction.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS STANLEY BRANDES
Stanley Brandes is Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, where he received his doctorate degree. He has devoted his career to researching and teaching about the societies and cultures of Mediterranean Europe, Latin America, and the United States. He is the author of six books and nearly two hundred articles and book chapters concerning a wide variety of topics, most recently ritual and religion, eating and drinking patterns, photographic imagery, and animal-human relations. On two occasions, he served as Director of Study Centers for the UC Education Abroad Program. He has lectured widely at academic institutions all over the world, and accompanied tour groups organized by UC Berkeley Extension.
COLONEL (RETIRED) JOHN CHERE
John Chere, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired 1 AUG 2014) is also an alumnus of UCB (1982) in Political Science and Columbia University (MA, 1991) in International Affairs. John served over 30 years of active service in uniform and is currently an instructor of Security Cooperation at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa. In the Army John spent 20 + years in the Infantry in assignments in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East and served his last ten years as a Foreign Area Officer in the Middle East and North Africa. More specifically, John was posted in U.S. Embassies as the Defense Attache in Morocco, 2002-2005, Defense Attache in Algiers, 2006-2007, Army Attache in Tel Aviv, 2007-2010, Senior Defense Official, Tunis, 2010-2013 and returned to Israel 2013-2014 before he retired with his family in Santa Rosa, California. John has led Cal Discoveries Tours to Southern Spain in 2015, France 2018, Egypt 2019 and maintains an active interest in wines through self-education and employment as a tour guide at Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen.
PROFESSOR JOSEF CHYTRY
Josef Chytry is Senior Adjunct Professor of Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts, Oakland/San Francisco, and Founding Managing Editor of the Oxford journal Industrial and Corporate Change at the Institute for Business Innovation, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He also lectures in philosophy for Stanford University Continuing Studies. Professor Chytry received a BA in international relations from George Washington University, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in politics and the history of ideas from the University of Oxford. He has authored five books. and his next book Cosmotheism: Cytherean Sitings between Heraclitus and Kittler will be published in summer 2020. Among the subjects he has taught are: German philosophy and culture, ancient classical culture, the Italian Renaissance, the European enlightenment, modernism and postmodernism, and international relations. Josef was named the UC Berkeley Extension Honored Instructor for 2009–2010.
PROFESSOR THOMAS DANDELET
Professor Thomas Dandelet teaches early modern European history at UC Berkeley with a focus on Italy, the Spanish Empire and the wider Renaissance in Europe. After receiving his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1995, he taught at Bard College and Princeton University before returning to Berkeley in 2001. He is the author of “Spanish Rome, 1500-1700” (Yale, 2001); and “The Renaissance of Empire in Early Modern Europe” (Cambridge, 2014). He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome (2000) and a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship (2007).
Dylan Davis is currently senior advisor to The Asia Foundation and associate director at the UC Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS). He was the Foundation’s country representative in Korea (2015-18). Davis has extensive professional and academic experience focused on Korea and its development, and has worked in-country with government and academic institutions. With over a decade of experience, Davis has been honored with numerous awards from institutions such as the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, The Asia Foundation, and the University of California, Berkeley. From 2011-2015, Davis served as program director for the Center for Korean Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on strengthening research and programs on Korea at UC Berkeley, expanding its Korean Studies teaching curriculum and visiting scholar program, and promoting knowledge about Korea on campus and in the region. In his current role at IEAS, he is responsible for managing the daily operations, fundraising activities, and academic programs of six area studies centers (China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Buddhist Studies, and Silk Road Studies), an active publications unit, and other programs. His research interests focus on how foreign governments and private entities engage with the Korean media and public. On this trip Davis will connect the group with a few speakers in Singapore and Siem Reap who are connected to UC Berkeley.
PROFESSOR TIM DUANE
Tim Duane taught environmental planning and policy at UC Berkeley from 1991-2009, when he became Professor of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz from 2009-2018. He has also taught at Seattle University, University of San Diego, and Vermont Law Schools. Professor Duane’s research and policy work focuses on climate change, renewable energy, resource management and land use planning. He is the author of Shaping the Sierra: Nature, Culture, and Conflict in the Changing West, which has been the basis for comparative work in both Switzerland and Austria. He also has conducted research on land use and environmental planning and policy in French Polynesia. Professor Duane’s work on natural resources and ecosystem management includes service on the California Spotted Owl Federal Advisory Committee for the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Professor Duane has also advised the California Secretary for Natural Resources, the President of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on policy.
Israel is a destination on many travelers’ lifetime lists, but most travelers are drawn there due to Israel’s historic and religious importance. Today, the news about Israel is almost always about its unique position in contemporary political conflict and struggles for power between competing religious, political, and ethnic blocs in the Middle East. Yet beneath these regional conflicts—many of which are deeply rooted in historical conflicts based on these same divisions—lie environmental and resource conflicts that are shaping current divisions. This trip will dig more deeply into those environmental and resource conflicts. Professor Duane has led many trips for Cal Discoveries—he previously led trips to the Peruvian Amazon, the Polar Bears of Hudson’s Bay, Patagonia, Antarctica, Switzerland, French Polynesia, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, Morocco, and Northern Italy. View the interview with Professor Tim Duane.
PROFESSOR OF ASTRONOMY
Dr. Alex Filippenko is addicted to observing total solar eclipses, having seen 16 of them—including one in March 2015, aboard an airplane high above the North Atlantic Ocean, as part of a Cal Discoveries Travel trip. He is well known for his ability to make complex ideas accessible and entertaining. Winner of the most prestigious teaching awards at UC Berkeley and voted the “Best Professor ” on campus a record 9 times, he was named the National Professor of the Year in 2006. He has produced 5 astronomy video series with The Great Courses, coauthored an award-winning astronomy textbook, and appears in more than 100 TV documentaries.
An elected member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Alex is one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers. His primary areas of research, in which he is a leading authority, are exploding stars, black holes, gamma-ray bursts, galaxies, and the expansion of the Universe. He is the recipient of numerous prizes for his scientific research, and was the only person to have been a member of both teams that revealed the accelerating expansion of the Universe, propelled by mysterious “dark energy. ” This discovery was honored with the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics to the teams’ leaders and the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics to all team members. View the interview with Professor Alex Filippenko about his 2021 trips.
DR. KAREN FOLGER JACOBS
Dr. Karen Folger Jacobs loves Italy. Raised in Pennsylvania, she graduated from Antioch College and bought a one way ticket to Europe. She thrived in Rome for over a year. In some ways she feels more at home in Rome than in the USA. Since receiving the Chancellor’s Dissertation Award for her Ph.D. in Education she has lived in Berkeley forty-two years. Despite her education degree and experience teaching from nursery school to graduate school she has many interests in the arts - especially film. She taught film courses at UC Berkeley and on Fulbrights to India and Pakistan. She has worked on major Italian movies as coordinator or assistant director. She served on the jury of the Naples Film Festival and as president of the jury of Cinema Africana in Milan. She led a trip to the Venice Film Festival.
DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER/ MULTIMEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS INSTRUCTOR
Dianne Fukami is an Emmy award-winning documentary and television producer and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s School of Journalism. She has been on nearly 20 trips to Asia and has been invited as a TEDx speaker to talk about her experiences. In 2006 she gained insight into the Islamic religion when she began a three-year commitment at Link TV to work on an initiative about the challenges facing Muslim Americans in a post-9/11 nation. That experience has informed her subsequent documentary work in drawing similarities between Muslim Americans today and the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. She is on the faculty at Academy of Art University in San Francisco teaching TV and multimedia production. Her most recent documentary film “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story” was broadcast nationally on PBS in May 2019. View the interview with Dianne Fukami about the 2021 Silk Road trip.
FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR I-HOUSE
Hans Giesecke began his service as Executive Director of International House at UC Berkeley in July 2012. His driving focus has been making I-House students’ residential experience(s) a top highlight of their enrollment experience at Berkeley. Prior to his arrival at Cal, Hans served as President of Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece where he led an “American-style ” international campus with more than 2,300 pupils and students from Kindergarten through MBA. Before serving in Greece, he was President/CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. in Indianapolis, the President’s Advisor for Student Affairs at International University Bremen in Germany (now Jacobs University), President of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association in Nashville, TN, and Director of Marketing and Research with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) in Sacramento. He earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Education and Human Development. His M.A. was received from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.A. from Williams College. Hans enjoys many opportunities to interact with current I-House residents and the thousands of Cal alumni around the world who recall their I-House residency as one of their fondest, university-related personal memories.
Leslea Hlusko is a Professor of Integrative Biology and the Associate Director of the Human Evolution Research Center at UC Berkeley. Her research explores how genes influence skeletal variation and how the system has evolved through time, all with an eye towards better understanding the evolution of the human lineage (http://ib.berkeley.edu/labs/hlusko/index.php). She has accumulated years of paleontological field experience in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. She co-directed a field project at Olduvai Gorge, which will be one of our stops on the journey (www.olduvai-paleo.org). The genetics side of her research includes collaborations with scientists at UCSF and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains, earned her BA from the University of Virginia in 1992, worked at National Geographic Magazine for a short stint, and then went on to earn her PhD from Penn State University in 2000. She moved to UC Berkeley in 2004, where she teaches an award-winning non-majors course on Human Biological Variation to more than 400 Berkeley students every fall semester. In 2012 she was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
A photographer, naturalist, and educator living in Oakland, California, Becky Jaffe teaches Art of Seeing courses for advanced fine art photographers, judges at the Berkeley Camera Club, and exhibits her nature photography in galleries and museums locally and nationally. Becky graduated from Cal in 1994 and is currently the Artist-in-Resident at the UC Botanical Garden, where she offers workshops on contemplative nature photography and tours for the public on topics such as ethnobotany, ecology, and evolutionary biology. She enjoys leading nature photography classes creek-side at UC Berkeley’s Lair of the Bair, where she revels in the lively conversation and deep intellectual engagement of the members of the Cal Alumni Association. She is fluent in Spanish and has traveled extensively in Latin America and Africa, including Haiti, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Cuba, the Galapagos, Ghana, Tanzania, and Madagascar. She is an avid birder, reader, and kayaker, and welcomes the opportunity to share her love for nature with her fellow travelers.
TERRY D. JOHNSON
ASSOCIATE TEACHING PROFESSOR
Terry D. Johnson has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT and is currently an Associate Teaching Professor of bioengineering at UC Berkeley. He hopes that by doing so, he will be giving students the tools that they will need to repair him as he gets older. He teaches courses in a wide range of subjects, displaying a versatility that has prevented him from achieving any actual expertise. In 2010, he received the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching and was one of the recipients of Berkeley’s 2013 Distinguished Teaching Awards. He is also co-author of the popular science book How to Defeat Your Own Clone (and other tips for surviving the biotech revolution).
PHILIPPA KELLY, PHD
Philippa Kelly (PhD Shakespeare) is Resident Dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater and regularly serves as production dramaturg for various regional theaters. She is also Professor and Chair of English at the California Jazz Conservatory. For her research, Philippa has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright, Rockefeller, Walter and Eliza Hall, and Commonwealth Foundations at UC Berkeley, Oxford University and Bellagio, as well as Fellowships at the Australian National University and Sydney University and a multi-year Senior Fellowship at the University of New South Wales. Philippa is the co-recipient of a Bly Award for Innovation in Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, culminating in her editorship of a volume, Dramaturgy, Diversity, Inclusion and Representation in Contemporary Theater: Case Studies From the Field, with Amrita Ramanan as Associate Editor. The book came out in April 2020. Philippa is team leader for grants awarded by the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation and the California Arts Council for curriculum components taught in under-served Oakland schools. She has published many works, including 11 books (presses include Halstead, Ashgate, Oxford University Press, Michigan, Arden), 45 internationally refereed articles, and 55 playbill articles. Philippa has published extensively on King Lear, the closest to her heart being her book, The King and I (Arden Press, 2011). A meditation on Australian identity through the lens of Shakespeare’s King Lear, The King and I illuminates contemporary social attitudes toward society’s fringe-dwellers. Philippa is proud to lead a year-round community theater group entitled Berkeley Theater Explorations, the purpose of which is to make dramaturgy foundational to community theater appreciation.
PROFESSOR MATT KONDOLF
G. Mathias “Matt” Kondolf is Professor of Environmental Planning and Co-Director of the Global Metropolitan Studies program at Cal, where he teaches hydrology, river restoration, environmental planning, and environmental science. Originally trained as a geologist and fluvial geomorphologist, Matt researches human-river interactions, including managing flood-prone lands, urban rivers, river restoration, and river-basin-scale impacts of dams and mining on downstream rivers and deltas. He advises governments and non-governmental organizations on sustainable management of rivers around the world, providing expert testimony before the US Congress, California legislature, California Water Resources Control Board, US Supreme Court, International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (the Hague), and in other fora. Matt looks for opportunities to observe rivers from the water with his students as well as with his family. http://riverlab.berkeley.edu
DR. LILIANE KOZIOL
Originally from Madagascar, educated in the French system, and thoroughly familiar with the French culture, Dr. Liliane Koziol has traveled numerous times and lived in several regions of France. She has taught in the Peace and Conflict Studies Department of UC Berkeley and is currently the Coordinator of the Northern California Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program of the US State Department. The Founding-Funder for Rotary International and the Google Virtual Reality Project for Peace, she has over 20 years of experience in design, implementation, management, and evaluation of intercultural, cross-cultural, diversity, and leadership training programs. Among the many, some of her programs/presentations/workshops have been for UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Stanford University, Google, Chevron, the United Nations Association East Bay Chapter, the World Affairs Council, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Liliane has had local, national, and international key senior leadership positions as Deputy Honorary Consul of Madagascar; she has been a Faculty Member and Chair of the Modern Languages Department of the University of Madagascar, and was a NAFSA officer. She has worked in Taiwan, Madagascar, and the United States, and is fluent in English, French, and Malagasy. She is also a simultaneous translator of French and English for AT&T. Liliane looks forward to meeting and traveling with you on this trip.
VERNARD LEWIS, PH.D.
EMERITUS SCIENTIST UCB
Dr. Vernard Lewis earned his Ph. D. at the University of California, Berkeley in Entomology where he later became an extension entomologist and faculty member for almost thirty years. He is professionally known for his research on insects that are associated with urban environments. Dr. Lewis was also a member of the United Nations Global Termite Expert Group and recent inductee into the Pest Management Hall of Fame. Dr. Lewis has traveled to over thirty-five countries as a researcher, consultant, and troubleshooting urban pest problems at scale. During the trip to Machu Picchu, Dr. Lewis will discuss tropical insects common to Peru and the headwaters of the Amazon. Peru is also a famous field data point for the Global Indoor Biome Project and results will be compared to cities from other countries. For the Galapagos, Dr. Lewis will review Charles Darwin’s epic studies that led to the creation of the Theory of Evolution. Also mentioned during Dr. Lewis’ talk will be the little-known facts that some of insects collected by Darwin during his “Voyage of Beagle” are actually housed on the Berkeley Campus and that “Darwin’s Finches” in the Galapagos are being attacked by invasive flies from South America. View the interview with Dr. Vernard Lewis about the 2021 Brazil trip.
DR. LAURENCE MICHALAK
Larry Michalak is a cultural anthropologist and specialist in North Africa and Western Europe. Born in Woodland, California, he did a B.A. at Stanford (1964), was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, then did an M.A. at the University of London (1970) and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley (1983). At Cal, Larry was Vice Chair of UCB’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and taught for 23 years before retiring in 2002. Besides Arabic, he speaks fluent French, good Spanish, and fair German. He has traveled widely in North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has taught and lectured on 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.
PROFESSOR BRENT MISHLER
Brent Mishler has been a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley since 1993, where he teaches about island biology, plant diversity, evolution, and phylogenetic analysis. He is the lead professor in the popular “Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands” course, where undergraduates spend the semester at the UC Berkeley Gump Station on Moorea in French Polynesia. He currently has research projects going on in Australia, the South Pacific, and South America. He is thus a generalist in field biology, with extensive knowledge about many kinds of organisms, tropical and temperate. He is also Director of the University and Jepson Herbaria on the Cal campus, a natural history museum devoted to plants of all types, and with research programs spanning the globe (http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu). One personal research specialty is mosses, plants that are small in stature but big in ecological importance and research interest, especially for studying desiccation-tolerance. He is also interested in more general topics involving the theoretical basis of systematic and evolutionary biology, such as the nature of species. He has been heavily involved in developing electronic resources to present taxonomic and distributional information to the public, and to apply these to conservation concerns.
Marissa Moss graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Art History. She has used her knowledge of historical research to write more than seventy children’s books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the Amelia’s Notebook series, her books are popular with teachers and children alike, using graphic formats to introduce history in an accessible, appealing way. Barbed Wire Baseball recently won the California Book Award, Gold medal and the California Young Reader Medal. Her historical books cover subjects as varied as Ancient Egypt and Rome, Renaissance Italy, Medieval France, and 19th century London. She has spent years living in France and Italy to do the necessary research and brings a vivid mix of art and daily life to her historical work.
DR. NADESAN PERMAUL
Dr. Nadesan Permaul received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science. He has been an Adjunct Professor in three departments at Berkeley—Rhetoric, Sociology, and Political Science for almost 20 years. He is retired after 33+ years as an administrator at Cal—his last position being the Director of the Associated Students of the University of California (A.S.U.C.). A past president of the Cal Alumni Association (2003–2005), Dr. Permaul has been a lecturer on nine previous Cal Discoveries trips. View the interview with Dr. Nadesan Permaul about the 2021 Elbe River Cruise.
Jonathan Reinis has spent his entire working life in the theatre. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cal in 1969, Jonathan went to HB Studio in New York to study directing. Upon returning to the Bay Area, he became the Executive Producer of the One Act Theatre Company in San Francisco with his wife, Hillary Reinis (Cal class of 1972) who was the general manager of the company. Soon, Jonathan renovated the Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco, which he ran from 1979 to 1984. In 1982, Jonathan built Theatre On The Square at 450 Post Street which he ran, with Hillary, for 22 years. He has produced hundreds of shows throughout the Bay Area and the world. Since 2001, Jonathan has won three Tony Awards and has been nominated six times. He has produced 13 shows on Broadway, including most recently Disgraced, Oh, Hello, Network and David Byrne’s American Utopia. In addition, Jonathan is a member of the Broadway League.
PROFESSOR OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
Vincent H. Resh has been a professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Management at the University of California, Berkeley since 1975. Professor Resh has been an adviser to the World Health Organization and other United Nations Organizations for over 20 years in evaluating human impacts on water resources in developing countries in Asia and Africa. He also serves on various scientific advisory boards on water issues in California. He received the University of California’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995 and has taught about issues related to water and the environment to over 20,000 Berkeley undergraduates. View the interview with Professor Vincent Resh about his 2021 trips.
COLONEL FREDERICK RUTLEDGE
Colonel (CA) Rutledge earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley (History), a Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University (Secondary Education) and a Master’s in Education Leadership at Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, California. Fred enlisted in the US Army Reserve in 1980 and he has over thirty-seven years in uniform. His basic branch was Military Intelligence, but he transferred to Civil Affairs. He was an Arts, Monuments and Archives officer (Monuments Men). He has served in Germany, Korea, Thailand and Japan. Rutledge served as the Director of the Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Center, Port-au-Prince Haiti in 1995-96 as part of the United Nations Mission in Haiti. He has represented the United States at the Lester Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Canada taking courses there twice. Colonel Rutledge retired from the Army Reserve in 2007, but was quickly picked up by the State Military Reserve as a historian. His last assignments was commander of the Military Heritage Command, a part of the Military Department of California, and is head-quartered in Sacramento. He is on the California World War One Centennial Commission. He just retired from education administration after a 31 year career. Among his awards – Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, UNMIH medal. Fred enjoys living history impressions and has been known to dress up as President Theodore Roosevelt and talk about TR and John Muir’s camping trip in Yosemite back in 1903. And he provides the “Life of a Civil War Soldier,” “the World War II GI,” and other US military history to students of all ages. He is a fourth generation Californian to boot.
DR. STEVE RUZIN
DIRECTOR BIOLOGICAL IMAGING FACILITY, UC BERKELEY
Steve Ruzin received his Ph.D. in Botany from UC Berkeley in 1984. He currently directs the Biological Imaging Facility at UC Berkeley, is Curator of the Golub Collection of antique microscopes at UCB, and teaches three UCB courses. Steve has a classical education in Botany and is knowledgeable about the natural history and biogeography of plants, especially those of tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world.Steve has lectured for Cal Discoveries about the plant biogeography of Borneo, Patagonia, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Amazon, and Madagascar. View the interview with Dr. Steve Ruzin about the 2021 Borneo trip.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS, UC BERKELEY
Alex M. Saragoza has served as Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (1994-1997), and subsequently as Director of International Education Programs (1997-1999). He is a member of the systemwide UC-Cuba Initiative, and a member of the Cuba Working Group at the Berkeley campus. Professor Saragoza regularly teaches a course on Cuba, and has visited the island several times over the last ten years. He led two UC Berkeley Extension tours to the island, before the Bush administration imposed restrictions on travel in 2003. He worked on a collaborative project with the Center for Hemispheric Studies and of the United States (Centro de Estudios Hemisfericos y sobre los Estados Unidos) of the University of Havana from 2006–2009, including a two-day symposium with Cuban scholars that he organized and was held in Mexico City in 2009. Professor Saragoza is currently conducting research for a comparative study of the tourist industry in Mexico and Cuba. Along with Professor Barry Carr of Melbourne University (Australia), he is editing a volume on tourism and Latin America. He is a professor of history in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. View the interview with Professor Emeritus Alex Saragoza about the 2021 Taste of Sicily trip.
PROFESSOR OF FIRE SCIENCE
Scott Stephens is a professor specializing in fire ecology and forestry in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. He has provided testimony to the US House of Representatives on three occasions, to the White House, and has spoken over two-dozen times to the California Assembly, California Senate, and Governor’s Office. Stephens’ research interests include fire management, fire behavior, forest management, ecosystem conservation, environmental biology/ecology, and forest policy. He is interested in the interactions of wildland fire and ecosystems, which includes how prehistoric fires once interacted with ecosystems, how current wildland fires are affecting ecosystems, and how future fires, changing climates, and management may change this interaction. Stephens also is interested in forest and fire policy and how it can be improved to meet the challenges of the next decades, both in the US and internationally. He is the director of the university’s Fire Science Laboratory and also directs the California Fire Science Consortium that provides information to mangers to hopefully make better decisions. He has worked extensively in Australia and Mexico. Stephens has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Sacramento State University and a PhD in Wildland Resources Management from UC Berkeley.
PROFESSOR EMERITUS FREDERIC TUBACH
Born to German parents in San Francisco in 1930, Professor Emeritus Frederic “Fritz” Tubach grew up from the age of three in Nazi Germany. Following WWII, Tubach regained his American citizenship and returned to San Francisco in 1949. He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he received his doctorate in German Literature in 1957. He taught at UC Berkeley from 1959 to 1994. Engaged throughout his career in international education, he served on the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the UCB Fulbright Committee. He directed the UC Education Abroad Programs in Göttingen and Bordeaux, where he received an honorary doctorate in 2002. Author of numerous scholarly articles and books on medieval German literature and folklore, Tubach has also written widely acclaimed books for a general readership, including Germany 2000 Years: From the Nazi Era to the Present, a Cultural History of Modern Germany. With co-authors, Bernat Rosner and Sally Patterson Tubach, he wrote An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust (University of California, Press) and German Voices: Memories of Life During Hitler’s Third Reich (UC Press). He is a frequent lecturer for Cal Discoveries in Europe.
Matt Wolf is the London theater critic for the international edition of The New York Times and co-founder and theater editor for the critically acclaimed website The Arts Desk. He also in a non-COVID climate writes a weekly interview column for Broadway.com, the world’s biggest theater-themed website and recently joined the London reviewing roster of londontheatre.co.uk. Matt’s previous journalistic gigs include 20 years as UK arts correspondent for The Associated Press and 13 years as London theater critic for Variety. Matt has been involved, either in collaboration with others or on his own, in the authorship of three books, including one on Sam Mendes’ tenure running the Donmar, and currently teaches for New York University in London and Syracuse University in London. He contributes regularly to various arts and theater radio programs across the UK and was honored in 2015 to have marked 20 years with this program in London.
PROFESSOR DARREN ZOOK
Darren Zook teaches in Global Studies and Political Science and has been a member of the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, since 2000. He taught previously at the University of California, Davis, and at the Claremont Colleges in southern California. In 2012, he was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Singapore working on a project that focused on cybersecurity in the Asia-Pacific region. He has received numerous teaching awards for his creativity in the classroom, and most recently was named as one of the “Top Ten Most Inspiring Professors at UC Berkeley” by the popular online journal College Magazine. He has lectured all around the world, and has traveled extensively in the course of his professional work. Zook’s interest in the Celtic lands draws from several areas of his professional work. He has been involved in several projects dealing with The Troubles in Northern Ireland and the ongoing peace process, and since 2014 has been conducting research on identity politics in France, specifically in Bretagne. He has also followed with keen interest the emerging political and cultural battles over food and drink in Europe, in which the Celtic Lands have been key and crucial players. Zook has published six books, including most recently The Cedars of Lebanon, his first novel.