Tour Lecturers

*Please note that the Cal lecturer’s participation cannot be guaranteed and is contingent on a minimum number of paying travelers.


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.

Douro River Cruise | Sep. 19 – 30, 2022



Rada 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 served as the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi and Delta Sigma Pi, student business organizations. 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.

Across Spain and Portugal | Aug. 28 – Sep. 13, 2022


John E. Chere Jr. Colonel (US Army, retired) “John” is an alumnus of Cal (BA,82) in Political Science, and Columbia University (MA,92) in International Affairs/Middle East History. John served over 30 years of active duty in the military and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Defense Security Cooperation University (Ohio) and Adjunct Instructor at the Joint Special Operations University (Florida) instructing in Security Cooperation and Middle East Regional studies. John served over 20 years as an Infantry Officer in the US, Europe and the Middle East, and spent his last ten years of service as a Foreign Area Specialist in the Middle East and North Africa. More specifically, he was posted to our Embassies as the Defense Attaché to Morocco (2002-2005), Defense Attaché to Algiers (2006-2007), Army Attaché in Tel Aviv (2007-2010), Senior Defense Official in Tunis (2010-2013) and returned to Israel (2013-2014) for his last year before retirement. John is currently living in Santa Rosa, California with his family and has previously led Cal Discovery Tours to Southern Spain (2015) Provincial France (2018) and Egypt (2019). He also maintains an active interest in wines and is an educator and tour guide at Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, California.

Moroccan Discovery | Oct. 23 – Nov. 5, 2022


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 University Press 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 after which he was an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the University of Tűbingen. Author and co-editor of seven books, Chytry published Cosmotheism: Cytherean Sitings between Heraclitus and Kittler in 2020. In 2021 Chytry has published The Cytherean Cycle, a trio of classical plays Rhea Silvia, Paris Alexandros, and Nausikaa. Among the subjects he has taught are: German philosophy and culture, ancient classical culture, the Italian Renaissance, the European enlightenment, modernism & postmodernism, techno ethics, and international relations. Josef was named the UC Berkeley Extension Honored Instructor for 2009–2010.

European Coastal Civilizations | May 11 – 20, 2022


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).

Flavors of Northern Italy | Jun. 18 – 26, 2022


Jeroen Dewulf is Professor at the UC Berkeley Department of German & Dutch Studies. As the incumbent of the Queen Beatrix Chair, he is director of Berkeley’s Dutch Studies Program. He is also the director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies and Chair of the Faculty Advisory Board on Study Abroad. He currently also serves as interim director of UC Berkeley’s Global, International and Area Studies research cluster and is interim director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Portuguese Studies. Since 2017, Dewulf is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium and, since 2020, he is member of the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde (Society of Dutch Literature). As an affiliated member of the Center for African Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies, he is also active in the fields of African Studies and Latin American Studies. He is also the literary executor of the Swiss author Hugo Loetscher (1929-2009). Dewulf graduated with a major in Germanic Philology and a minor in Portuguese Studies at the University of Ghent, in Belgium. He holds an MA from the University of Porto, in Portugal, and a PhD in German Literature from the University of Bern, in Switzerland. He has been a visiting professor at the University of São Paulo and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL London. His research interests are as diverse as Dutch and Portuguese (post)colonial literature and history, transatlantic slave trade, Low Countries studies, Swiss literature and European politics in general. He publishes in five different languages (English, Dutch, German, Portuguese and French). For his scholarly service, he was distinguished, in 1999, with the Quality Seal for Innovating Initiatives in the Field of Foreign Language Education by the European Union and he was awarded by the Cultural Foundation of the Swiss UBS-Bank for his research on Swiss-German literature. In 2010, he was distinguished by the Hellman Family Faculty Fund as one of the “Best of Berkeley Researchers” and in 2012 he won the Robert O. Collins Award in African Studies as well as the American Cultures Innovation in Teaching Award. In 2014, he was distinguished with the Hendricks Award of the New Netherland Institute for his research on the early Dutch history of New York and the first community of enslaved Africans on Manhattan. In 2015, his research on Black performance traditions in Louisiana was distinguished with the Louisiana History President’s Memorial Award and both in 2015 and 2016, he was the recipient of the Clague and Carol Van Slyke Article Prize in New Netherland studies. In 2019, his monograph on the Mardi Gras Indians received the Gold Medal Independent Publishers Book Award and he was distinguished by the Luso-American Foundation for his contributions to the field of Portuguese Studies.

Majestic Switzerland ~ Interlaken & Vevey | Jun. 15 – 24, 2022


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.

Imperial Journey | Jun. 19 – Jul. 1, 2022


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 and Vermont Law Schools and is now Professor in Residence at the University of San Diego School of Law. 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. This is Professor Duane’s tenth trip for Cal Discoveries—he previously led trips to the Peruvian Amazon, the Polar Bears of Hudson’s Bay, Patagonia, Antarctica, Morocco, Switzerland, French Polynesia, Northern Italy, and Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands. View the interview with Professor Tim Duane.

The Wolves & Wildlife of Yellowstone | Feb. 5 – 11, 2022

Exploring Australia & New Zealand | Oct. 12 – Nov. 2, 2022



Paula S. Fass, the Margaret Byrne Professor of History Emerita at the University of California at Berkeley, is the author most recently of The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child (2016). Over the course of her forty year career, she has researched and written about American culture and society broadly including immigration, education, sexuality, youth culture, and family life. Over the past twenty years, she has paid special attention to the history of childhood in the Western world, and has published: The Routledge History of Childhood in the Western World (2013); Reinventing Childhood After World War II (with Michael Grossberg (2011), and Children of a New World: Society, Culture, and Globalization (2007). She was Editor-in-Chief of the three volume Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society (2004). Paula Fass was Department of State lecturer in Italy in 2006, and Kerstin Hesselgren Professor in Sweden in 2007. She was Distinguished Visitor in Residence at Rutgers University (New Brunswick) from 2010 through 2014. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from Linkoping University, Sweden, and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (three times), and the Spencer Foundation. She was twice a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. A contributor on matters relating to family life, parenting and popular culture to the New York Times, Time magazine, the Atlantic, the Tablet, Aeon, and other print and on-line periodicals, Paula Fass has appeared often on National Public Radio and in television histories.

France: Normandy | May 28 – Jun. 5, 2022



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.

Circumnavigation of Iceland | Jul. 17 – 25, 2022



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.

Along Central Asia’s Silk Road | Apr. 30 – May. 16, 2022

Journey to Southern Africa | Aug. 8 – 24, 2022



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. 18 – 28, 2022


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 Bear, 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.

Panama Canal and Costa Rica | Jan. 30 – Feb. 7, 2022



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).

Greece ~ Athens & Kalamata | Jun. 10 – 19, 2022


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.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival | Jun. 13 – 18, 2022


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 enjoys time spent on rivers near and far. Matt has worked with Japanese colleagues on river management issues, drawing upon innovative approaches used in Japan to increase reservoir sustainability and restore rivers globally.

Insider’s Japan | Mar. 28 – Apr. 9, 2022


Originally from Madagascar, Dr. Koziol has taught in the Peace and Conflict Studies Department of UC Berkeley with courses’ foci on providing the knowledge and skills to be more effective in the global arena especially thinking and acting effectively across cultures with the goal of gaining essential tools for living, working, and thriving in a globalized world. She is currently the Coordinator of the Northern California Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program of the US State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 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.

United Arab Emirates | Jan. 21 – 30, 2022

Jewels of Madagascar | Aug. 6 – 21, 2022



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.

Egypt & the Eternal Nile | Feb. 11 – 25, 2022


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”

Apulia - Undiscovered Italy | Apr. 6 – 14, 2022


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

New Zealand Adventure | Mar. 10 – 25, 2022

Cruising the Great Lakes | Sep. 22 – 29, 2022


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 a 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, South Africa, 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 ( One personal research specialty of his are 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 applications of these to conservation concerns.

Tahiti and French Polynesia | Apr. 5 – 15, 2022

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania | Sep. 22 – Oct. 7, 2022



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 first adult title, Last Things, is a graphic memoir about her art historian husband that won the Anne & Robert Cowan Award. 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.

Israel: Timeless Wonders | Mar. 17 – 28, 2022


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 27 years. His area of specialty is American politics and culture. He 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 and or host on fifteen Cal Discoveries trips including 2022.

Discover Southeast Alaska (Juneau to Sitka) | Jul. 15 – 22, 2022



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 | Dec. 6 – 11, 2021

New York Theater: Berkeley Behind Broadway | May 9 – 14, 2022



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.

Total Solar Eclipse in Antarctica | Nov. 27 – Dec.11, 2021

Legendary Turkey | Apr. 22 – May 6, 2022

The Mighty Amazon | Sept. 7 – 18, 2022


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.

Wake of the Vikings Cruise | May 28 – Jun. 6, 2022



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 one UCB course. 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, Madagascar and Namibia. View the interview with Dr. Steve Ruzin about the 2021 Borneo trip.

Cruising the Canary Islands and Morocco | Apr. 18 – 26, 2022

Borneo: Treasures, Traditions, and Nature’s Bounty | Aug. 28 – Sep. 9, 2022



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.

Iberian Northwest | May 10 – 20, 2022


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.

Discover Egypt and the Nile Valley | Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, 2022



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 regarding forest policy and management. Stephens’ research interests include fire management, forestry, 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. Learning more about indigenous burning by Native Americans in California is a recent area of learning. He is the director of the university’s Fire Science Laboratory and also directs the California Fire Science Consortium that provides information to managers to hopefully make better decisions. He has worked extensively in the USA, Australia, and Mexico and has also worked in the northern boreal forest of Canada. Stephens has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Sacramento State University and a PhD in Wildland Resources Management from UC Berkeley and loves to do field work, teach classes, hike, and ride his bike.

Cruise the Rhine and Mosel Rivers | Jul. 11 – 19, 2022


Bill Tramposch received a B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) in English and American Literature from UC, Berkeley, in 1970. He later completed his Doctoral work at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Tramposch has spent his career in leadership roles in museums and heritage both in the United States and New Zealand. He was a department head at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; President of the New York Historical Association; and most recently was the Executive Director of The Nantucket Historical Association. Retired now, he lives with his wife, Peggy, in Mendocino and enjoys his various assignments as a Lecturer in the CalDiscoveries program. Having a passion for travel, he has twice held Fulbright Fellowships to New Zealand and in subsequent years he served as a founding director of ‘Te Papa’, The National Museum of New Zealand, and then as Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Heritage Places, the country’s equivalent to our National Trust for Historic Preservation. During his decade in New Zealand he participated often in preservation initiatives in the Pacific Rim, and particularly in Japan. Furthermore, he has traveled often to Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Northern Italy and studied at the Goethe Institut in Murnau West Germany. Since retirement he has particularly enjoyed trekking in the Swiss Alps. Understandably, his particular interest is in built heritage and in his lectures he often uses museums as touchstones for our understanding matters of national identity.

Swiss Alps & the Italian Lakes | Sep. 21 – 30, 2022


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, the world’s biggest theater-themed website and recently joined the London reviewing roster of 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.

Inside the London Theatre Scene | Jul. 3 – 16, 2022


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 was recently 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 politics of ice, which covers both the Arctic and the Antarctic, stems from his interest in the connection between international law, climate change, and conflict resolution. Zook has published six books, including most recently The Cedars of Lebanon, his first novel.

Antarctica Discovery | Jan. 13 – 24, 2022

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