A Cruise of Panama and Costa Rica
Explore Costa Rica's natural wonders and cruise the mighty locks and waterways of the 100-year-old Panama Canal.
- Fabulous shots from Smithsonian Journeys Expert Kirt Kempter
- Visiting Mount Fuji, by way of rural Japan
- Saturday in Pamplona
- Peru's Route of the Sun? Always expect the unexpected.
David Scott Palmer is Boston University's Founding Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Political Science. Before joining the Boston University faculty, he served as Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Associate Dean of Area Studies at the U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute. Over the years, he has traveled widely throughout Central America and Panama. His experience in the region includes public diplomacy lecture tours in each of the countries and assessments of their diplomatic services for the U.N. Development Program (UNDP). He has also taught seminars at the Latin American Social Science Faculty (FLACSO) of Costa Rica and served on the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Observer Mission at the Central American Presidents negotiations in San José (which produced the Arias Peace Plan, for which Costa Rican President Oscar Arias was awarded the Nobel Prize. In addition, he was invited to give presentations in Panama in preparation for the final definitive handover of the Canal, and made a recent passage through this early 20th century engineering marvel.