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Adam Tanner

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Writer and lecturer Adam Tanner spent many years as a foreign correspondent for Reuters news agency, including as Balkans bureau chief; San Francisco bureau chief; and correspondent in Germany, Moscow, and Washington D.C. He has long studied colonialism, economic engagement, and globalization, with a particular interest in the enduring impact of Europe on Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, NPR, and the BBC, and written for publications such as Scientific America, Forbes, Fortune, Time, and Frommer’s guidebooks.  

Adam is an associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University, where began as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation in 2011. He has written two books on privacy and commerce: Our Bodies, Our Data and What Stays in Vegas.

What Our Travelers Say

Adam was a wealth of knowledge regarding Southern Italy.  He was available and open to comments.  

- Warren L., Southern Italy and Sicily

He is a very rare knowledgeable person on any subject, it seems.  The subjects he lectured (on) were excellent. 

- Smithsonian Journeys Traveler, Great European Journey

He was phenomenal in his lectures and in his knowledge. He also gave a lot of extra information and time to everyone. He's a keeper.

- Linda I., Pearls of Croatia and Slovenia

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