Travel Lecture Series: Journey around the world

In Jules Verne’s 1873 classic, Phileas Fogg takes on a wager to travel Around the World in Eighty Days.

The University’s Travel Lecture Series 2003-04 season will allow attendees to experience the world in just eight nights.

This image of Utah's canyon country is from *Four Corners USA: A Southwest Adventure*, to be presented April 2 as part of the University's Travel Lecture Series.
This image of Utah’s canyon country is from *Four Corners USA: A Southwest Adventure*, to be presented April 2 as part of the University’s Travel Lecture Series.

A film is presented each month by an acclaimed international travel expert. From the magic of Malaysia to the fabled city of Shangri-La, St. Louis’ oldest and best-known travel lecture series takes visitors on a world tour no tourist could ever see alone.

Here are the travelogues available at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month in Graham Chapel.

Nov. 7 — Magic of Malaysia: Hal McClure, editor of Travelogue Magazine, takes viewers on a journey through the many mysteries of Malaysia, from the modern skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, through the tea fields and on to the rainforests lush in vegetation.

Dec. 5 — Tanzania Safari: Bob DeLoss leads this tour of Tanzania, beginning in the country’s economic capital, then traveling onward to Zanzibar, once known as “spice island.” Ascend Mount Kilimanjaro and explore the diverse wildlife of the Serengeti.

Jan. 2 — America: From Sea to Shining Sea: Journey cross-country, beginning with Niagara Falls, then to the historic lighthouses on the Eastern Seaboard. Trek south into the swampy Everglades, hop on the steam train past the Grand Canyon, and wrap up the tour with a grand finale in Napa Valley.

Feb. 6 — In Search of Shangri-La: Travel film producer Buddy Hatton explores Yunnan province, only recently opened to outsiders. It is an ancient place of myths and legends, where the 13 peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain “hold up the sky.”

March 5 — Ireland: Celtic Myths and Splendors: Walk through heathered gardens on this green island. Discover the rich traditions of Ireland on a journey through prehistoric tombs and the Celtic High King’s Hill of Tara. Continue northward into Belfast and other towns and tap your feet to an Irish jig on the way.

April 2 — Four Corners USA: A Southwest Adventure: Travel adventurer James R. Tompkins leads a tour through the Southwest, exploring the region’s unique scenery and history. From the beauty of Utah’s Bryce Canyon to New Mexico’s Spanish roots, viewers explore a vast expanse.

May 7 — The New Zealand Experience: New Zealand’s film ambassador, Grant Foster, takes viewers on a national countrywide adventure. Begin by cruising the northern islands, then travel to Auckland, the city of sails. Visit the Maori Cultural Center before continuing onto Queenstown, known as the country’s “adventure capital.”

The Travel Lecture Series started Oct. 3 with Norway: From the Land of the Vikings.

The series is sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Development Programs.

A single ticket for the entire series is $29; or $48 for two tickets. Individual film tickets are available for $5 at the door. For more information, call 935-5212.

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