Circumnavigation of the Black SeaSeptember 19, 2014 - October 3, 2014
May 20, 2015 - June 3, 2015
June 1, 2015 - June 15, 2015
Especially chosen for this voyage, our team of expert leaders and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.
Lia Oprea (Expedition Leader)
Part Romanian, Lia gives credit to her Gypsy heritage for her peripatetic nature and love of exploration. This love led her to travel widely around the globe and, quite naturally, to a career in adventure travel, a trade she has plied for more than a dozen years. During this time, she has worked in several capacities, including translator, cruise director, and expedition leader. Her passion for travel dovetails nicely with her other interests, such as herpetology, ethnobotany, birding, and Mayan history.
An anthropologist specializing in the development of culture and complex societies and the modern transition from poverty to prosperity. During the course of a long and varied career, she has excavated ancient jungle cities, mapped prehistoric agricultural fields; and lived in remote villages in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America while working on economic development projects for the United Nations, USAID, and the World Bank. Dr. Stavrakis received her Ph.D.
Ron is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History and Director of the Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies at the University of Michigan and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago. The grandson of the composer and ethnomusicologist Grikor Mirzaian Suni and a graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University, he taught at Oberlin College (1968-1981), as visiting professor of history at the University of California, Irvine (1987), and Stanford University (1995-1996).
Susan is the State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historical Trust. She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Calgary. She is a Dive Safety Officer for the state of Maryland and is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer through PADI. Her long-standing interest is updating international and national heritage protection legislation, to which end she often consults and advises UNESCO.
Raised on Vancouver Island, Allan earned a doctorate degree in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has taught in the University of California system for more than 12 years. His specialties include Italian Renaissance art and architecture, medieval art, and Byzantine art. His recent publications include a book on Hugo Munsterburg, the first film theorist and a picture book, illustrated with his photographs, of the historical architecture of northern Cyprus.