A Cruise from the Adriatic to the Aegean
From legendary Venice to fabled Athens, sail in the wake of Roman galleons to explore the treasures of the island-dappled Dalmatian Coast.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
The combination of big picture lectures on board and knowledgeable local guides in the towns was excellent. The very complex history of the area was brought into meaningful and sharp focus.”
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Patrick Abbott has a Ph.D. in geology from The University of Texas at Austin; his Texas research work was done on limestone rocks similar to those along the eastern Adriatic Sea countries. Pat is a long-time Professor of Geology at San Diego State University; his research focuses on reading the history stored in sedimentary rocks to understand how the Earth works. Pat’s college textbook Natural Disasters, published by McGraw-Hill, is in its 9th edition; topics covered include plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami and climate change. He was one of the main cast members in the TV series The Real Gilligan’s Island on TBS, in Serial Killer Earth on H2 (The History Channel 2), and in So You Think You’d Survive on The Weather Channel. Pat will focus his lectures on how the collision of Africa and Europe created the Adriatic and Aegean lands; how the Adriatic limestone terranes host extensive cavern systems; and how active Earth processes have affected the rise and fall of Mediterranean civilizations.
Thomas Emmert, professor emeritus at Gustavus Adolphus College, is a historian of Central and Eastern Europe with a research focus on the former Yugoslavia. Professor Emmert has also had visiting appointments at the University of Zagreb, the University of Minnesota, and Stanford University. He received his B.A. in history from St. Olaf College and his Ph.D. in Balkan and Russian history from Stanford University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he has been awarded research fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. His publications include Serbian Golgotha: Kosovo, 1389 (1990) and, most recently, The Scholars' Initiative: Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies (2009), a collaborative project of scholars from around the world dedicated to providing an objective analysis of what happened to Yugoslavia at the end of the 20th century. Professor Emmert has taught American undergraduates in semester programs in Zagreb and Berlin and has accompanied several educational trips to southeastern Europe.