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Charles Urbanowicz

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Dr. Charles Urbanowicz has been traveling throughout the Pacific for more than 45 years.  After completing his graduate research in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga, he received the Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon in 1972, the same year he began his teaching career at the University of Minnesota.  In 1973 Dr. Urbanowicz joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Chico, and retired from that institution in December 2009.  During his tenure at Chico he was recognized as one of the five "Master teachers" of the university.  In addition to authoring articles in several professional journals he contributed chapters to all three volumes of a pioneering publication entitled Hosts and Guests:  The Anthropology of Tourism (1977, 1989, & 2001).  Since 2004, in addition to his on-going Pacific research, Charlie has provided lectures on more than twenty-five Pacific itineraries.

Dr. Urbanowicz holds life membership in The Polynesian Society (University of Auckland) and his Pacific interests and travels have taken him to American Samoa, Australia, China, Chuuk, the Cook Islands, Easter Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, the Galapagos Islands, Guam, Hawai'i, Japan, Kiribati, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, Midway, New Britain, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pohnpei, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Vanuatu, and Yap.