Tour Lecturers


Peter Albert is a transportation/urban planning professor with the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. His graduate-level classes focus on the integration of urban design, planning and transportation in cities across the globe. Mr. Albert has over 30 years of transportation/urban planning and design in the private and public sectors, including serving as the Director of Planning for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, with a focus on the integration of transportation planning with economic development. Mr. Albert also oversaw the Station Area Planning Division for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and long-range planning for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and the San Francisco Planning Department. Mr. Albert earned a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from San José State University, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree and Minor in French Language from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, including an exchange year at the Université de Montréal.

Chilean Wonders: Lake District and Patagonia | Feb. 26 – Mar. 8, 2020

St. Lawrence Seaway | Jun. 4 – 16, 2020


Richard Beahrs has a long history of involvement with both UC Berkeley as well as Africa. He served as Student Body (ASUC) President during the tumultuous years 1967 – 1968. He was very involved with Free Speech issues and arranged for speakers ranging from Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., to four Republican senators to appear on campus.
His 35-year professional career was all spent leading new business developments efforts at Sports Illustrated and Home Box Office (HBO). He served as the President of the Comedy Channel (now Comedy Central) and Court TV.
He has actively been involved in Africa since 1971, serving on the Board of Trustees of the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya and the United Nations Hunger Task Force. He also served on the Board of the Human Needs Project in Nairobi.
With his wife Carolyn, he established the Beahrs’ Environmental Leadership Program at Berkeley in 2001. This month-long, annual initiative has trained almost 700 mid-career professionals from over 110 different countries in all aspects of sustainable development. Carolyn and their four children also have Berkeley degrees.

Africa’s Wildlife: On Safari Botswana, Zambia, and Victoria Falls | May 16 – 29, 2020


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.

Provincial French Countryside | Aug. 28 – Sep. 11, 2020


Rada Brooks has been a Lecturer and Distinguished Teaching Fellow in accounting at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley since 1998. She was the Executive Director of the Center for Financial Reporting and Management from 2002 to 2004. She has been involved with student business organizations and has served as the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi and Delta Sigma Pi.
Prior to Haas, she was a lecturer at the International University of Japan and Loyola University of Chicago.
She has a BS in Accounting from the University of Colorado, is a Certified Public Accountant, and received an MBA from the London Business School. During her business career, she worked in accounting and financial management positions at Deloitte, Wells Fargo Bank and Citicorp.
Traveling is one of her passions and she has traveled extensively throughout the world. She has also lived in England, Japan, France and the former Yugoslavia.

Egypt and the Eternal Nile | Jan. 20 – Feb. 3, 2020


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.

Cruising the Red Sea: Jordan, Egypt, and Greece | May 5 – 18, 2020

Moroccan Discovery: From the Imperial Cities to the Sahara | Nov. 6 – 19, 2020


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).

Portrait of Italy: From the Amalfi Coast to Venice | May 9 – 24, 2020


As the former owner of Golden Gate Tours, Jack wrote more than a hundred tours for Cal Alumni and personally led almost seventy of them, taking alumni to every state in the U.S. and many lands overseas. Jack has visited every part of Costa Rica during at least half a dozen trips there. These include leading a birding tour for Cal Discoveries to several of the national parks. Since retirement, Jack has spent much of his time writing, including four novels as well as topics from his extensive travel journals.

Costa Rica’s Natural Heritage | Nov. 9 – 19, 2020


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. 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.

Southern Africa Odyssey | Mar. 19 – Apr. 5, 2020


Diane Dwyer has a passion for many things, and Berkeley and traveling are at the top of the list. Born on the Peninsula, she is a Berkeley alumna, award winning journalist and a faculty member at the Haas School of Business. She’s excited to help lead this trip providing journalistic perspectives on current events in Morocco and insights with newsmakers and Cal connections. She’s led two other trips with Cal to Cuba and Patagonia and has laced up her hiking boots on trails from Tilden Park to Machu Picchu. Diane’s also a board member with the Cal Alumni Association, The International House at Cal and an emcee/auctioneer for more than two dozen non-profits in the Bay Area.

Morocco Walking and Hiking Tour | Oct. 20 – 25, 2020


Charles Faulhaber came to UC Berkeley in 1969 as assistant professor of medieval Spanish literature and rose through the ranks to become chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese from 1989 to 1994. He served as the James D. Hart director of The Bancroft Library, Berkeley’s special collections library from 1995 until his retirement in 2011. He has had a love affair with Spain since spending his junior year there in 1961-1962. and has returned there almost every year since to work in Spain’s great libraries a well as to travel extensively. He has written or edited 14 books and published more than 60 articles, focusing especially on the manuscript culture of medieval Spain. A Corresponding Member of the Real Academia Española, he was named Commander of the Order of Isabel la Católica in 2009. He has lectured for Cal Discoveries on trips from Bordeaux to Lisbon, Seville to Venice, Barcelona to San Sebastián, and in Andalusia.

Across Spain and Portugal | Sep. 8 – 24, 2019


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.

The Galapagos Islands | Feb. 1 – 8, 2020


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.

Italy: Verona | Apr. 24 – May 2, 2020


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.

Along Central Asia’s Silk Road | Apr. 27 – May 13, 2020


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.

Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the Passion Play | Jul. 20 – 30, 2020


Dr Patrick Lloyd Hatcher earned his Ph.D at UC Berkeley in History and went on to teach in both Cal’s History and Political Science Departments. For his teaching he won the Blue and Gold teaching award. He has led Cal Discoveries Travel programs to Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as Europe. He is the author of three books, several articles, and numerous reviews. Dr Hatcher is often seen on Bay Area television commenting on American diplomatic and defense issues. He has also been a commentator on two History Channel television productions.

New York Theater: Berkeley Behind Broadway | Sep. 30 – Oct. 5, 2019


Charles P. Henry is professor emeritus of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1994, President Clinton appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities for a six-year term. Former president of the National Council for Black Studies, Henry is the author/editor of nine books and more than 80 articles and reviews on Black politics, public policy, and human rights. Before joining the University of California at Berkeley in 1981, Henry taught at Denison University and Howard University. Henry was chair of the board of directors of Amnesty International U.S.A. from 1986 to 1988 and served on AI’s International Executive Committee from 1989-91. He was an office director in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1993-4 and is a former NEH Post-doctoral Fellow and American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Professor Henry was Distinguished Fulbright Chair in American History and Politics at the University of Bologna, Italy for the spring semester of 2003. In the fall of 2006, Henry was one of the first two Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chairs in France teaching at the University of Tours. Chancellor Birgeneau presented Henry with the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in April 2008. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Denison.

On the Road to Freedom: Understanding the Civil Rights Movement | Oct. 4 – 11, 2020


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.

Imperial Splendors of Russia | Aug. 5 – 14, 2020


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).

Undiscovered France: Albi | May 19 – 27, 2020


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, Unpacking Dramaturgy: Diversity, Inclusion and Representation, Case Studies From the Field, with Amrita Ramanan as collaborator. It will be published by Routledge Press in the summer of 2019. 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 43 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 the fringe-dwellers of society. Finally, 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.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival | Jun. 22 – 27, 2020


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.

Paris: Featuring the African-American Experience | Apr. 11 – 19, 2020


Dr. Lewis received his B.S., M. S., and Ph. D. degrees all from UC Berkeley. After being awarded a Chancellor’s Minority Post Doctoral Fellowship, he joined the faculty as a cooperative extension specialist in the Department of Entomological Sciences at UC Berkeley in 1990. Dr. Lewis retired in 2017, but still maintains an office as Emeritus. He has published over 150 publications and given hundreds of lectures, both on and off campus. Dr. Lewis’s research and outreach feature structural and household pests that include termites, ants, cockroaches and bed bugs. Highlights during several decades working as an academic and urban entomologist include creating and construction of a building to be infested with termites-Villa Termiti as well as the development and testing of novel methods of structural pest detection and nonchemical control. Dr. Lewis’ efforts have gained him regional and national awards that include being inducted into the Pest Management Hall of Fame in 2016. Dr. Lewis has extensively travelled as a researcher and consultant and has collaborated with many organizations that include: California Department of Pesticide Regulation, California Structural Pest Control Board, Pest Control Operators of California, San Quentin State Prison, US Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Services, National Pest Management Association, United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, at least a dozen countries among six continents.

Exploring Iceland | Sep. 17 – 27, 2019

Moroccan Discovery | Nov. 1 – 14, 2019

Machu Picchu to the Galapagos | Dec. 1 – 16, 2020


Joe Lurie is Executive Director Emeritus of UC Berkeley’s International House where he served for two decades. He has over four decades of intercultural teaching and training experience focused on western and non-western cultural contrasts at UC Berkeley, the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning, Road Scholar, the Fromm Institute at USF, the World Affairs Council, the Commonwealth Club of California and with various international organizations and businesses in the United States and abroad. A former director of semester and summer programs abroad for the School for International Training in France, Kenya, and Ghana, Joe lived in Europe for four years, has traveled widely in Asia including Japan, China, and Korea; he is fluent in French, as well as Swahili which he learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya. Formerly Vice President for AFS Intercultural Programs in the United States, Joe holds an advanced degree and diploma in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he was recipient of an NDFL Fellowhip in African Languages. His writings have appeared in Harpers Magazine, US News and World Report, and profiled on NPR. He was featured in a national PBS documentary about International House and is author of the award-winning “Perception and Deception – A Mind Opening Journey Across Cultures.”

Classic China and the Yangtze River | Sep. 25 – Oct. 8, 2019

Inland Sea of Japan: Featuring Kyoto | May 19 – 30, 2020


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. Larry will will be joined on the Douro trip by his wife Dr. Karen Trocki. They met in Tunisia in the Peace Corps and their first vacation together was to Portugal in 1969. After 50 years they are looking forward to a second trip there.

Romance of the Douro River | Oct. 15 – 26, 2019

Cruise the Rhine River: Amsterdam to Basel | Jul. 19 – 27, 2020


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.

Swiss Alps and the Italian Lakes | Jun. 3 – 12, 2020


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.  

Celtic Lands Cruise | Jun. 7 – 16, 2020


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.

New York Theater: Berkeley Behind Broadway | Oct. 5 – 10, 2020


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.

Ultimate Tanzania Safari | Feb. 3 – 14, 2020

Legendary Turkey | Apr. 10 – 24, 2020

Cruising the Great Lakes | Sep. 12 – 19, 2020


Dr. Rittenberg’s experience extends around the globe, across cultures and across industries. He serves as professional faculty at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where he teachers leadership communication. He was awarded the The Earl F. Cheit Award For Excellence In Teaching in 2015. Dr. Rittenberg has also taught at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the University of San Francisco, Case Western Reserve University, and the Olin School of Business at Washington University. Dr. Rittenberg holds a Doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco, a Masters of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education from San Francisco State and a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley.

Grand Danube Passage: Prague to Sofia | Sep. 24 – Oct. 9, 2020


Kathryn Roszak is a choreographer, educator, and writer recognized for her work combining literature and the arts. She has collaborated on performances with Maxine Hong Kingston and created a work inspired by the poetry of Nobel Prize-winner Tomas Tranströmer. Her dance and theater productions have been presented by Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., La MaMa Theatre, New York, and the Copenhagen Cultural Festival. She received the John and Susan Diekman Fellowship in Choreography at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. She has produced choreography and taught for the San Francisco Opera Center and the American Conservatory Theatre. She has taught arts courses for Dominican University and the M.F.A. program of the American Conservatory Theatre, in addition to and teaching on dance, opera, film, and theater for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley.

Barcelona: Art, Culture, and People | Sep. 26 – Oct. 4, 2020


Sheldon Rothblatt has been honored by the Swedish Crown as Knight Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (founded 1748), Sweden’s highest award to foreigners. He is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, former chair of History and sometime Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education. He is a recipient of the Berkeley Citation for “distinguished achievement and for notable service to the University. ” He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Britain, a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (the body that awards the Noble Prizes) and a Member of the National Academy of Education (USA). Besides teaching in American universities, he has taught in Australia, Austria, Sweden and Norway. His academic publications are on 19th-century intellectual and scientific history, with translations in Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Japanese and Chinese.

Normandy - Deauville: Honoring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day | Oct. 11 – 19, 2019

Romance of the Douro River Cruise | Oct. 13 – 24, 2020


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.

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords | May 23 – 31, 2020


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.

Wonders of Peru - featuring an Amazon Cruise | Oct. 24 – Nov. 4, 2019

Borneo: Treasures, Traditions, and Nature’s Bounty | Sep. 5 – 17, 2020


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.

Cuba: Art, Culture, and People | Nov. 3 – 11, 2019

Treasures of the Iberian Northwest | Apr. 15 – 25, 2020


Guenet Sebsibe, M.D., M.P.H., born & raised in Ethiopia, is also an alumni (1994) of UC Berkeley-School of Public Health. She currently works with Alameda County Public Health Dept. Guenet’s professional experience includes working with @ UC Berkeley-School of Public Health, the City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic, Blue Shield of California & Alameda Alliance for Health and many other local community-based and international organizations in research and health program development projects. Prior to attending UC Berkeley for her M.P.H., Guenet, got her clinical degree and practiced clinical medicine in Ethiopia until 1989 when she came to the US and started working in ophthalmological research in New York City. Guenet has traveled extensively all over the world, has led a tour group to Ethiopia and has given many public presentations about her beloved Ethiopia. ‘My Ethiopia is a wondrous place- full of history, natural beauty, hospitality and lots of smiles’ Ethiopia & Egypt have shared the River Nile for as long as both they’ve both existed and this makes the story of the Nile Valley, intricate and fascinating!

Discover Egypt and the Nile Valley | Oct. 23 – Nov. 5, 2020


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.

Discover Southeast Alaska | Aug. 7 – 14, 2020


Bill Tramposch graduated (Phi Beta Kappa) from UC Berkeley in 1970 where he studied English and American literature. He holds an M.A. and Ed.D. From the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Tramposch’s career has been in the heritage and museum field, having worked in leadership roles at Colonial Williamsburg and most recently Nantucket, Massachusetts.
He was appointed Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford University in 2000, and is a graduate of the Senior Managers Development Programme at Oxford’s Templeton College (now the Said Business School). Throughout his career he has worked with colleagues at English Heritage and the National Trust, and is a frequent visitor to Britain having walked (and kayaked) the Thames River and the Lake District with literature in mind.
Tramposch is currently the Aroha Philanthropies Fellow at the American Alliance of Museums where he is facilitating conversations both in the US and abroad regarding the potentials for ‘creative aging’ initiatives in museums.

Trans-Siberian Railway | Jul. 12 – 25, 2020


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.

Cruise the Heart of Europe: Amsterdam to Budapest | May 1 – 16, 2020


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 writes a weekly interview column for, the world’s biggest theater-themed website. 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 authored two books 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.

Inside the London Theatre | Jul. 5 – 18, 2020


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.

Voyage to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily: Rome to Malta | Jun. 7 – 15, 2020

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