Led by Co-founder, Mike Messick, watch centuries of history and splendid architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. You'll explore busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.
Ron is a former professor who taught courses on the culture, ethnicity, folklore, religion and geo-politics of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East at the University of Oregon for 30 years. For the past 50 years he has traveled extensively throughout these regions conducting research on these factors and how they influence human activity, relations, and development. As such, he has become a consultant for the US and a number of foreign governments on cultural, ethnic, national, and religious conflict, and has provided expert witness testimony regarding international issues. He is also an ardent folklorist of the Balkans and has taught ethnic dance from all of the Balkan countries. He also owns one of the world’s largest and most extensive collections of traditional Balkan costumes. He is an engaging lecturer and has earned a number of teaching and faculty awards throughout his career. He is also a linguist, speaking Russian, Bulgarian, Yiddish, Serbo-Croatian, as well as being conversant in Macedonian and German. To date, Ron has been a lecturer and leader on over 150 international tours and trips.
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Ron's Upcoming Expeditions
Circumnavigation of the Black SeaJuly 18 — July 31, 2021
Crossroads of Empires: Cyprus, Israel, Egypt & JordanOctober 22 — November 4, 2021
The art, architecture, and archaeological wonders of the eastern Mediterranean are legacies of the world’s most celebrated empires. Over the millennia, a succession of cultures traded, conquered, and settled in these fabled lands, and we follow in their wake, piecing together the pages of the defining chapters of ancient civilization.