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Travel Lecture Series

As the Travel Lecture Series at Washington University in St. Louis approaches its 119th year, we invite alumni and friends of the university to embark on a tour of the most stunning corners of the world. The films scheduled for this year's season will whisk you away on exclusive journeys that can’t be found in any guidebook, introducing you to little-known aspects of culture, geography and history. Join us and satisfy your wanderlust as you traverse the globe with the Travel Lecture Series.
You have your choice of two seatings nightly: one at 6:00 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. Season subcriptions are $28 per person for a single and $56 for a double subscription.  Individual show tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 each. For questions please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (314) 935-7378.
Complimentary subscriptions are available to William Greenleaf Eliot Society members. You must request this benefit from the Office of Alumni and Development Programs. We remind you that IRS regulations require that Eliot Society members deduct the fair market value of any benefits received as a result of your membership from the total amount of your tax-deductible gift. Please call (314) 935-8096 or order tickets online.

Travel Lecture Series Committee

Eve Ballman, BS '54, MS '83
Sondra Harrison, AB '61, MA '65
Wayne Harrison, AB '62
Phil Hellwege, BS '55, MBA '62
Walt May, BS '54

2016-2017 Schedule

  • Friday, October 14, 2016 - A Week in Paris
  • Friday, November 18, 2016 - Brazil
  • Friday, February 3, 2017 - The Highlands of Scotland
  • Friday, March 3, 2017 - Hawaii and the South Pacific
  • Friday, April 7, 2017 - Scenes from an Italian Journey
  • Friday, May 12, 2017 - Around the World on a String

**Please note that our October 14 film, "A Week in Paris" will be in Simon Hall, Room 1.  All other shows will be in the Laboratory Sciences Building, Room 300.  To reserve your season subscription, please call (314) 935-7378.

About Our Shows and Film Artists:
Please click on the film artist name to read bio 

Friday, October 14, 2016
"A Week in Paris"Marlin Darrah
(This film will be in Simon Hall, Room 1)
Paris conjures visions of sophistication, beauty, drama and romance.  It's a city imbued with history, a center of art, culture, and fashion -- a cauldron of the intellectual avant-garde.  But it's also a city of gardens and of cafes where people-watching is the raison d'ete.  We'll feast on architectural splendors and small delights around every corner.  The city is best seen on foot, meandering through the streets.  Also, a side-trip out from Paris to the nearby Loire River Valley, to walk through several of the glorious chateaus and with their meticulously designed and manicured gardens and courtyards.
Friday, November 18, 2016
"Brazil" – Ryan Pyle
Ryan Pyle is keen to set out and explore the complexities and diversity of Brazil.  This incredible journey will take Ryan from the sunny beaches of Rio de Janeiro, through the mining towns in Minas Gerais, into the deep Amazon and back through the southern metropolises of Florianopolis, Blumenau and Sao Paulo.  Ryan Pyle will travel around a country full of contrasts, one minute, Brazil is vibrant and exotic, and the next minute it is crowded and chaotic and then all of a sudden it can feel haunting and empty.  Ryan's biggest challenge on this adventure wiill be taking on some of South America's most dangerous and isolated roads.  Join Ryan as he rides his motorcycle on an epic 14,000km, 60-day circumnavigation around Brazil.
Friday, February 3, 2017
“The Highlands of Scotland" - Tom Sterling
The Highlands of Scotland is a fresh look at an old and revered land.  A first time visitor to Scotland tends to see only the quaint villages, castles, distilleries, mountain scenery, souvenirs and sheep -- lots of sheep!  Of course, those familar with the game that originated in Scotland -- golf -- may also attempt to visit or play on one of their famous courses; but our story goes far beyond those adventures -- a Pipe Band Contest, a Sheep Dog Trail, a weaver of tartans, the Culloden Battlefield, a hunting/fishing estate, and the remains of the 73 mile long wall that the Roman Emperor Hadrian had built to exclude these "barbarians" from this empire.
Friday, March 3, 2017
“Hawaii & the South Pacific" – Marlin Darrah
​Travel with Marlin Darrah, the world's most-traveled filmmaker, to the spectacular islands of Hawaii and French Polynesia.  The voyage begins on Hawaii's Big Island, and continues to Oahu and Kauai.  The fresh, floral air energizes you.  The warm, tranquil waters refresh you.  The breathtaking, natural beauty renews you.  Looking around, you realize there's no place on earth quite like Hawaii.  From Hawaii we sail south to the French Polynesian islands of Rangiroa, Moorea and Tahiti.  French Polynesia embraces a vast ocean area strewn with faraway outer islands, each with a mystique of its own.  Some islands are no higher than a palm tree, while others have peaks rising to more than 5,000 feet.  Fish, dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and more inhabit these clear-water coral gardens that are as perfect for swimming and diving. 
Friday, April 7, 2017
"Scenes from an Italian Journey" -  Steve McCurdy
Most everyone knows something of Italy: The history, the religion, the pizza and the pasta.  One also may have studied Italian art and architecture, and who doesn't long to experience the passion and beauty of traveling from the tip of Italy's toe to her mountainous Alpine peaks.  Having not only tasted Italy, but having experienced life there too, filmmaker Steve McCurdy invites you to share the joy and the journey of his latest film.  Be moved by his experiences of watching the mandolin and nativity artists of Naples, and tasting the sweets from pastry chefs near Florence and the fresh cheese of shepherds in Sardegna.  Join in the renaissance festivities of Arezzo and the Good Friday procession of Sicily.  This film is not a signular experience.  For years, McCurdy has traveled to Italy with students, architects, artists, and with family and friends.  Even when traveling alone he never tires because you are never alone for long,  and Italy stirs you again and again.
Friday, May 12, 2017
"Around the World on a String" - Bob Deloss
"Music makes the world go round" says Bob DeLoss and Stan Walsh with their new film, Around the World on a String.  It's an all new innovative, unconventional armchair travel adventure film produced to satisfy the musical wanderlust of all travelers.  It's haunting sounds of a bamboo harp - the joyful sound of America's insturment - the banjo, audio pictures blended with scenic panoramas and a back story commentary, about the location and the talented people that brought us there in the first place.  The repertoire includes Mozart in the Jungle -- Sousa on the Bandstand -- Japanese Taiko Drums -- Appalachian Guitars -- Philippine Bamboo Symphony -- Russian Balalaika -- and don't forget Player Pianos -- Edison's Disc Phonograph -- the Victor Talking Machine and other intriguing examples of man's desire to make music..



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