Jul 08, 2019 — Jul 20, 2019
With Dr. Jerry Leach
About the tour
Take a step into the culture and traditions of nomadic Mongolia. Explore the capital, Ulaanbaatar, rapidly expanding as nomads set up their moveable gers on the outskirts of town. Learn how throat-singers make their low base tone, and hear them harmonize in a beautiful and transcendent way. Head out onto the endless steppe to search for the elusive wild horse, or takhi, and admire the sweeping alpine landscapes. Fly south to the great Gobi Desert and visit the place where the first dinosaur eggs were found and meet nomadic families living in the desert. A highlight will be a demonstration of Mongolia’s strong cultural heritage at the Naadam celebration. Based on a minimum group size, Dr. Jerry Leach, former Peace Corps Regional Director, professor and author, will lecture on the tour.
$7,695 per person plus airfare.
About the Lecturer
Dr. Leach earned a PhD and an MA from Cambridge University as well as an MA from Berkeley on Turkish affairs. His fascination with Turkey began as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving with his wife Marianne there, in the 1960s. They both have been back to Turkey many times since then and he has led several tour groups there. In recent years, he served as a professor at the American University in Cairo 2006-2011 and as the National President of the World Affairs Councils of America 1996-2006. Within the US Government, he was Peace Corps Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Soviet Republics, Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific; NSC Director of International Economic Affairs; Deputy Director of State's Strategic Technology Affairs Office; and a consular officer at the US Embassy in London. In addition to AUC in Egypt, Dr. Leach has taught at Cambridge University, the University of Papua New Guinea, and Gazi University in Ankara. He speaks frequently within the world affairs council system and at universities. Jerry lectured on a cruise to Turkey, an Egypt tour, and a tour to Morocco.
“Dr. Jerry Leach was simply outstanding! His lectures were pertinent, well-researched, and so helpful and interesting.”