Peter Albert is a transportation/urban planning lecturer 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.
PROFESSOR RONELLE ALEXANDER
Ronelle Alexander is Professor Emerita of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley, and Professor of the Graduate School there. She is the author of numerous books, and is the recipient of a medal from the Bulgarian government and a honorary doctorate from Sofia University. As a linguist, her research interests include dialectology (the relations between different geographical varieties of speech), and sociolinguistics (especially the relation between language and identity as connected with the breakup of Yugoslavia); both have involved extensive travel and fieldwork in the Balkans. As a folklorist, her field extends also to Russia, which she has visited numerous times. She is the co-founder of the Society of Living Traditions, a California-based non-profit organization.
MARGARET S. BARBEE, PH.D.
Margaret Barbee was employed 17 years with the University of California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a Principal human resources and organization development specialist. Her positions included working in the Director’s Office as the Manager of Discrimination Complaints. After she retired from the University of California in 1993, she consulted with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna Austria to advance women’s opportunities in senior policy level roles in science.
She maintained an active professional practice consulting to senior leaders regarding people issues for over 20 years. Her clients included Pacific Bell, Hewlett Packard, Boise Cascade, Sutter Hospitals, and small entrepreneurial and nonprofit organizations notably Stepping Stones Growth Center which serves developmentally disabled teens and adults in San Leandro CA. She designed and presented seminars about leadership, creativity, quality improvement, and group facilitation skills.
Dr. Barbee is a former Professor and Director of the JFKU Organizational Psychology MA program and Dean and Director of the Organization Psychology PhD program at the Center for Psychological Studies in Berkeley. She taught both graduate and undergraduate classes at other Bay Area colleges and universities.
Education: BA, Denison University, Granville Ohio; MA, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb; PhD, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Dissertation: Skill Assessment and Training for Women Managers, 1976.
PROFESSOR GIBOR BASRI
Gibor Basri received his B.S. in Physics from Stanford University (1973) and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1979). An award of a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship then brought him to the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty of the Berkeley Astronomy Department in 1982, and became a full professor in 1994. A thread that runs through all his areas of research is magnetic activity on the Sun and other stars. He was a discoverer of and early pioneer in the study of brown dwarfs, has studied star formation, and been active in the debate on “what is a planet?”. Professor Basri has extensively used telescopes at the Lick and Keck Observatories, along with space telescopes. He was a Co-Investigator on NASA’s Kepler mission, which has revolutionized our knowledge about exoplanets. In 2007 he also became the founding Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley, and in 2015 he received the Berkeley Citation (campus’ highest honor) upon retiring. In 2016 he received the Carl Sagan Award for Popularizing Science. He is still very active with students and research, currently utilizing Kepler photometry to understand starspots.
ELIZABETH M. BOLES, PH.D.
Elizabeth M. (Beth) Boles has been a professor of political science, law, and leadership for more than 30 years, teaching at U.C. Berkeley, Sarah Lawrence College, Pomona College, Ohio State University, and currently with American University’s Washington College of Law. She was the founding director of two innovative programs in experiential education for U.C. Berkeley (Washington Academic Internship Program/”UCDC”) and for The John Glenn School of Public Affairs. She has written and spoken widely about issues in civic education, international education, challenges to democracy, comparative politics and U.S. foreign policy. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington-based non-profit organization, The Cultural Treasures Foundation. She serves as an enrichment lecturer examining the nexus among history, politics, and culture, most recently in Russia, Spain, and Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe). Dr. Boles served for three years as an elected Director on U.C. Berkeley’s Alumni Board, and continues to be active in the Washington, D.C. Cal Alumni Association. Dr. Boles earned her Bachelor’s degree at Stanford University and her Master’s and Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley.
PROFESSOR 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.
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 including his most recent work on California civilization titled Mountain of Paradise (2013) and a major study of German thought and society The Aesthetic State: A Quest in Modern German Thought (1989). Among the subjects he has taught are: German philosophy and culture, ancient classical culture, the Italian Renaissance, the European enlightenment, modernism & postmodernism, and international relations. Josef was named the UC Berkeley Extension Honored Instructor for 2009–2010.
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. 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, and Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and Morocco.
PROFESSOR IAN DUNCAN
Ian Duncan is Florence Green Bixby Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been teaching since 2001. He has served as English Department Chair, and in 2017 he was a recipient of the university’s Distinguished University Award. Before coming to Berkeley, Duncan taught at the University of Oregon and at Yale, where he received his PhD; his BA is from King’s College, Cambridge. Duncan has held visiting positions at the universities of British Columbia and Konstanz, Boğaziçi University (Istanbul), Ludwig-Maximilians University (Munich), and Princeton. His scholarly interests include Romanticism, Victorian literature, Scottish literature, and the history of the novel; as well as those topics, he has taught courses on Charles Darwin, Dante’s Inferno, Comedy, Gothic fiction and cinema, and Opera. He also keeps up an early enthusiasm for nineteenth-century Russian novels and Russian classical music. Duncan is the author of books on the novel in Romantic Edinburgh and the romance tradition in the nineteenth century, and the editor of several major works of Scottish fiction, including Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe and Rob Roy, James Hogg’s Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, as well as a coedited anthology of Travel Writing 1700-1830. He has recently completed a critical study of the novel and the science of man in Europe, from Buffon to Darwin, and is writing a short book on Scotland and Romanticism. Duncan is a Vice-President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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.
Dianne Fukami is an award-winning documentary and television producer and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s School of Journalism. Much of her documentary work has centered on Japan and the Japanese American experience and has been broadcast on PBS stations. As a third-generation Japanese American and with nearly 20 trips to Japan under her belt, she has successfully and delicately navigated her way among the two cultures. She has been invited by the Foreign Ministry of Japan to participate in three delegations which included meetings with the Prime Minister, members of Parliament, and corporate business executives. Her recent documentary about the impact of Japan’s 2011 devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster was screened by the U.S. Embassy and Sophia University in Tokyo, Tohoku Gakuin University, and throughout the Tohoku region. As a TEDx speaker, she’s been able to share her experiences in Japan. She is on the faculty at Academy of Art University teaching TV and multimedia production.
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.
DR. PATRICK LLOYD HATCHER
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.
Diane Hirshberg is Professor of Education Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). She also serves as Advisor to the UAA Chancellor on Arctic Research and Education. Her research interests include education policy analysis, indigenous education, circumpolar education issues, and the role of education in sustainable development. She has studied the boarding school experiences of Alaska Native students, teacher supply, demand and turnover, including the cost of teacher turnover in Alaska, and co-authored the Education chapter for the Arctic Human Development Report II. She has served or is currently evaluator for a number of federally funded education reform initiatives in Alaska and beyond, and currently is the North America lead for the Arctic Youth-Sustainable Futures project, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Dr. Hirshberg sits on the International Arctic Social Sciences Association Council and the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) Board as well as the steering committee for the NSF-Funded Arctic FROST RCN. Dr. Hirshberg teaches in the UAA Honors College, the College of Education and in the Master of Public Administration Program in the College of Business and Public Policy. She has a PhD in Education from UCLA, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and two bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley. She also heads the Cal Alumni group in Alaska.
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.
VERNARD R. LEWIS, PH. D.
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.
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 Polynesia, Tahiti and its outer islands; 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” perceptionanddeception.com.
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. 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.
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.
Michael Nacht holds the Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair in Public Policy. From 1998-2008 he was Aaron Wildavsky Dean of the Goldman School. He is a specialist in U.S. national security policy; science, technology and public policy; and management strategies for complex organizations. He is the author or co-author of six books and more than eighty articles and book chapters on nuclear weapons policy; regional security issues affecting Russia and China, the Middle East and East Asia; cyber and space policy; counter-terrorism and homeland security; international education; and public management. He recently co-edited and co-authored Strategic Latency and World Power: How Technology Is Changing Our Concepts of Security published by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Center for Global Security Research. Nacht served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs (2009-2010), after unanimous U.S. Senate confirmation, for which he received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the Department’s highest civilian honor. Previously, he was Assistant Director for Strategic and Eurasian Affairs of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1994-97), during which time he participated in five Presidential summits, four with Russian President Yeltsin and one with Chinese President Jiang Zemin. He is currently chair of the Policy Focus Area for the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium led by the UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is also co-investigator of a new Department of Defense Minerva Research Project on “Deterring Complex Threats” with colleagues from UC San Diego. He received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an M.S. in Operations Research from New York University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
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.
PROFESSOR VINCENT H. RESH
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 science 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.
Donna Rosenthal is a journalist and author of the award-winning The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land. Called the best book about Israelis in decades, The Israelis has more than 100 excellent international reviews across the religious and political spectrums. She was an Israel TV news producer, reporter for Israel Radio and The Jerusalem Post and lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She frequently has been interviewed about Israel - from CNN to ABC to NPR. In a Publishers Weekly’s national survey, Ms. Rosenthal placed in the Top Ten Most Popular Speakers, and only female author. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Newsweek, and many other publications. Ms. Rosenthal has reported from Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, and Jordan and was the first journalist to travel to remote Ethiopian villages to tell Israel Radio audiences about black Jews praying in mud hut synagogue to go to Israel. Ms. Rosenthal has won three Lowell Thomas Awards—Best Investigative Reporting, and Best Foreign Travel (The New York Times). She has taught journalism at three universities and lectures about modern Israelis from UC Berkeley to Harvard. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley (Political Science) and a MSc. from The London School of Economics (Middle East/International Relations). Her website: DonnaRosenthal.com
PROFESSOR SHELDON ROTHBLATT
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.
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
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.
PROFESSOR ALEX M. SARAGOZA
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.
ROBERT GORDON SPROUL III
Robert Gordon Sproul III graduated from UC Berkeley in 1969. He has worked with several music publications, including No Depression and Black Music and Jazz Review, a British R&B magazine, and occasionally at the roots radio show on KKCY. Joining Robert in a joint lecture will be musicologist and Sun Records authority, John Siamas (Boalt ’70). John’s father, the former owner of Keen Records, recorded hits for Sam Cooke, gospel albums for Lou Rawls and a variety of rhythm and blues, and doo-wop and rockabilly tunes. Robert has recently retired as the Director of Stewardship and Alumni Scholarships in the Development department of the Cal Alumni Association.
PROFESSOR SCOTT STEPHENS
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.
Bill Tramposch graduated (Phi Beta Kappa) from UC Berkeley in 1970 where he studied English and American literature. He holds a 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. In 1986 and in 1988 Tramposch was awarded Fulbright Fellowships to New Zealand. He later returned to join the founding management team for the new Museum of New Zealand in Wellington. In addition he has served at CEO of the New Zealand Heritage Preservation Trust. He is a citizen of New Zealand and the United States, and his jobs in the antipodes (happily) required extensive travel through both NZ and Australia. Consequently he views these remarkable countries through the lens of their heritage, cultural and always-emerging national identities.
PROFESSOR EMERITA JULIA WALSH
Julia Walsh MD, MSc is Professor Emerita at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health; she taught global health, infectious diseases, and health economics. Her research has focused on maternal and child health, infectious disease epidemiology, and cost-benefit analysis. One of her major areas of expertise is how to save the most lives in poor countries when health resources are severely limited. She has published five books and numerous highly regarded publications and been an Expert Advisor/Consultant for World Health Organization, World Bank, United States Agency for International Development, Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Institute of Medicine, United Nations Development Program, and many other international organizations. She has lived and/or worked in more than 25 developing countries in a variety of positions from caring for patients in rural clinics and hospitals, to Ministry of Health advisor, to Visiting Professor.
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.