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Afternoon 1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
"ON AND OFF THE BEATEN PATH - Get your Passports Ready!"
19 September: NATURE TOURS THE PLANET
As a guide for Quest Nature Tours, Christ takes people all over the planet to discover nature. Hear about Chris’s tours to places far and wide including the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, southern Ontario, Kenya and Tanzania, the Galapagos Islands, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Sri Lanka and Gambia. Phew. You might need a vacation after this!
Chris Earley is the Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator at the Arboretum, University of Guelph. He designs and create signs and brochures that allow visitors to explore The Arboretum at their own pace. Chris also teaches a variety of workshops on topics such as birds, dragonflies and art. He is the author of a number of nature books and guides for both adults and children.
26 September: 10 TRUTHS FROM 40 YEARS OF TRAVEL
Hear how Tony and Leslie have negotiated travelling to some on and many off the road places in the world. Tony is a excellent speaker who can viscerally describe his experiences.
Tony Leighton is Guelph writer who has travelled regularly for 40 years, first as a freelance magazine journalist in the eighties and early nineties and now, with his wife Leslie, as an enthusiast. He has written and photographed numerous travel articles over the years, initially carrying a back-breaking load of cameras and now mostly just his smartphone.
3 October: FROM TREE TO CUP: A COFFEE STORY
Coffee is arguable the most consumed beverage in the world. Planet Bean, an early adopter of the Specialty Coffee Movement, is also a founding licensee of Fairtrade Canada, a supporter of organic farming. The company owned by its workers through a worker co-operative. In this lecture Bill Barrett will explore these topics as well as look at three coffee farmer co-ops in Ethiopia, Peru and Mexico.
Bill Barrett has worked in the non-profit sector focused on issues of ecological sustainability, political economy, human rights and social history. He has produced documentaries on local and global issues. Bill has traveled extensively for work and fun; he has also been involved in small businesses in Guelph for three decades, including and presently Planet Bean Coffee.
10 October: SKINS, STICKS AND CANINES: INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES IN MUSIC, MARTIAL ARTSAND DOG TRAINING
Jason will present a lecture about his off the beaten path international experiences accumulated over the last 20 years. From the drumming-rich cultures of Ghana and Cuba to the toughest martial arts dojos of Thailand and the Philippines and all the way to the street dog rescues in New Delhi and the pitbulls of Cebu, Jason has studied, trained and taught multiple disciplines. He has never been to a resort.
Jason Shute is a graduate of the University of Guelph, a certified Master Dog Trainer, and owner of Shute Balanced Dog Training. He has a black belt in Filipino Martial Arts and is a professional, Juno-nominated musician specializing in African and Afro-Cuban drumming.
17 October: Speed to the Sea: PADDLING FROM GUELPH TO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
Jeremy and some of his family members are paddling re-furbished cedar canvas canoes downstream from Guelph as far as they can make it. He will talk about the waterways they are taking, some of the history, ecology and geography of the route. His multimedia presentation will show how big adventures can start in your own back yard. Life jackets recommended.
Jeremy Shute is a local cartographer, geographer, musician, film maker and a partner in the environmental consulting group Shared Value Solutions.
24 October: WALKING THE KALAHARI
Facing the prospect of leaving his position as the President of the University of Guelph, a job that demanded 24/7 attention, he wanted to find a way to fill the void that was about to open in his life. His admittedly naïve view was that if he replaced a busy schedule with the alarming concern about whether he would be alive tomorrow - by walking across the Kalahari Desert for a month – he could fill that void. He will describe the remarkable experience of that month and bring to life the highs and lows, moments struggling with separation, the loneliness, the beauty, times of extreme fright and an unending respect for the people of the Kalahari.
Dr. Alastair Summerlee is a passionate humanitarian, dedicated teacher and internationally renowned researcher. He served as the president of the University of Guelph, Interim President of Carleton University and participated in a number of national and international organizations focused on alleviating world hunger and poverty.
31 October: FRIGHT, FATALITIES AND FUN: ARE YOU A DARK TOURIST?
Although we will all die, why would we want to travel to experience death, suffering and the seemingly macabre? Brent will take us on a dark tour in this lecture as he expands on the growing field of travel known as Dark Tourism.
Brent McKenzie, MBA, Phd., is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Consumer Studies at the University of Guelph. His interest in the field of Dark Tourism was spurred by nis numerous trips to these regions where he has engaged in research, fieldwork and conducted a number of academic and industry workshops.
7 November: CORAL REEFS AROUND THE WORLD
Phil learned to dive fairly recently yet he has been driven to discover more of the nature of the sea. During his dives he realized he wanted to contribute to the restoration of the wonderful of coral. Phil took it upon himself to become a Certified Coral Restorer in Cozumel. This lecture also addresses the impact of tourist diving on reefs all over the world and their need to be protected and preserved.
Phil Allt has been scuba-diving for the past 5 years. Phil is also a city councillor and retired school teacher. PS He now dives with only one kidney...a good story to be told.