Coe’s Thursday Forum offers "armchair adventures"

Extra: Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2010-02-18 14:53:43 - General

Coe College Professor Emeritus of Biology Floyd Sandford, a frequent world traveler and participant in Earthwatch Expeditions, will transport the Thursday Forum audience to some of the world's great destinations in March.

The Thursday Forum lecture series for adult learners will enjoy "armchair adventures" to some of Sandford's favorite destinations with an emphasis on culture and natural history.

Attendees first will explore much of Peru, visiting the dry forest of the north, Arequipa and Lake Titicaca in the south, and then the Inca capital at Cusco and the sacred city of Machu Picchu. The lecture concludes with a trip to the Tambopata reserve in the Peruvian Amazon for an Earthwatch Expedition to study macaws, found there in numbers unrivaled anywhere else in the world.

During the second meeting, the audience will be transported Down Under. After traveling around the North Island of New Zealand, including visits to some of its lush rain forests and the thermal park at Rotorua, attendees travel next to the South Coast of Australia near Adelaide, then to lovely Kangaroo Island for an Earthwatch Expedition to study echidnas and gowannas.

The third lecture begins by exploring the history and mystery of exotic Egypt. Then it's off to visit several different locales in Southern England, including hikes on sections of the Devon and Cornish Coast Paths. The lecture concludes in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland for an Earthwatch Expedition searching for basking sharks, the third largest fish in the sea.

The final session will involve travel back in time and a visit to Down House, the home of the famous English scientist Charles Darwin. Sandford will present a special staged performance of his one-man play "Darwin Remembers." Since its premiere performance at Thursday Forum in 2000, the play has been performed by Sandford at colleges, universities, churches, humanist societies and natural history museums throughout the United States.

The lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. The course is open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost of the four-part series is $30, or $10 per week.

For more information, call (319) 399-8561. Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "Armchair Adventures: Earthwatch Expeditions & Great Destinations" - March 4, 11, 18, 25
  • "Merchants, Migrants & Missionaries: A History of U.S.-East Asia Interaction" - April 1, 8, 15, 22