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Anthropology & Cultural Studies
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History - General
Travel & Destinations
Recently retired Professor Gary Evans taught History and Film Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Since 2012 he has entertained cruise ship audiences with Caribbean, Panama, Alaska, South America and Asia Destination talks. He wrote one book about World War II information and is well versed in the subject of visual communication and its impact on audiences. His colorful presentations move from pre-history to European and North American history from the 1600s to the present. His talks also cover contemporary realities and culture. Mr. Evans' has had positive impacts on guest audiences as his scores are consistently in the highest range. He has also offered Special Interest talks about film culture, including Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe. Stanley Kubrick and Hollywood Oscar winners.

1. The Caribbean As A Continent of Islands: Where are the spices and gold?
European nations wanted to extract riches and earn glory. Conflict and colonization were among the means to create wealth and to control their claimed real estate.

2. Taste the Sweet, Ignore the Bitter: Island Sugar Production & Its Consequences
The sugar economy of the Caribbean was based on exploitation and slavery. Sugar has left an indelible mark on the human diet.

3. Lost and Found: People and Culture of the Yucatan
The Olmec, Maya and Aztec civilizations were anything but primitive if one considers human ingenuity and ability to adapt to varied environments

4. The American Century
United States interest in the Caribbean had much to do with wanting to build and control the Panama Canal. Historical photos and moving images demonstrate how changing perspectives led to present day realities.
5. Near Nuclear Armageddon: The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962
The world held its breath as the United States and the Soviet Union went face to face over the future of Communist Cuba and western civilization

6. How Objects Shape Civilizations
This talk features 15 objects that played a major role in shaping the civilizations of the Caribbean, Central and South American pre-history.

7. Caribbean and South American Musical Legacy
Each destination has a unique approach to music and this rich history is demonstrated in word, image and sound.
8. Finding Your Island Paradise: Barbados, Dominica, Antigua, St.Martin, St.Thomas
These islands have a checkered economic history that has proven a challenge to build upon. Are tourism and offshore banking the answer?

9. Alaska. From 13,000 BCE to charting the Inside Passage in the 1770s, audiences are surprised by this talk's wide scope of natural and political history.

10. The US purchase of Alaska in 1867. A reluctant public called it “Seward’s Icebox” and Russian sellers could hardly believe how they had outsmarted the Americans

11. The Klondike Gold Rush 1897-1899. Some 40,000 stampeded to Alaska to scoop up the gold. Most of them ended up fools who found no gold.

12. The 1899 Edward Harriman Expedition to Alaska. One of the richest men in America assembled the best minds of the era. Cruising over two months they found enough information to fill 11 volumes.

13. Alaska’s Native Cultures & Arts: From totempoles to cedar weaving to iconic religious objects, this talk shows the varied approaches to native art and music over the last 300 years.

14. Native Tribal Culture Meets Modern Civilization.The interaction of Northwest indigenous tribes with modern society was and remains a challenge that transformed native civilization

15. Alaska and the Second World War Long discussed but never acted upon, the building of the Alaska Highway kick started Alaska’s intensive economic development that led to statehood in 1959.

16.Alaska Adventures in the 20th century from John Muir to Jack London to the Grizzly Man. Many have set out to meet the challenge of Alaska only to find it too forbidding. Muir on the glacier, Jack London in Dawson, and amateur grizzly expert Timothy Treadwell all found their match

17. Amazon: The story of a Great River and Its Valley
The river and its future have fierce ecological supporters and opposing advocates of development. Both sides have strong arguments.

18, Brazil: New World in the Tropics8
Sociologist Gilberto Freyre’s definition of Brazilian society as a positive melding of three founding peoples held firm until the 1960s when a new and controversial approach to the subject has held sway ever since

19. How to Appreciate the Mighty Amazon. Visitors often believe they are on another planet as they discover the Amazon rainforest’s fabulous and unforgettable diverse flora and fauna.

20. Sebastiao Salgado: Brazil’s National Treasure
This Brazilian photographer has won worldwide acclaim for his documentary photos and ecological activism.

21. Bus 174 A Microcosm of Brazil’s Urban Challenge
The issue of urban blight has clouded Brazil’s progress as this sad tale of a bus hijacking gone bad reveals

22. Brazil Past and Present. A society built on slavery and an economic monoculture resulted in a Brazil of many contradictions. As Brazil joined the post World War II rush to globalization the resulting positive and negative impacts are revealed.

23. Brazil’s Native Amazon Population Confronts the Contemporary World.
The indigenous peoples of the Amazon are at a crossroads: stay hidden in the protected spheres the government has declared or emerge to benefit from contemporary world

24. Discovering Canada:
If you seek a polar climate, have a need to make yourself miserable, or atone for a life of sin, maybe Canada is for you. The First Nations referred to “Ka-Na Da,“ translated as “Nothing but trees and beaver.” It actually means village or settlement. Canada was a fur trader’s bonanza.

25. The American Revolution and the War of 1812, a dangling conversation along the St. Lawrence River.
Canadians resisted American imperial ventures after the United States was born in revolution. Canadians knew what they did not want.

26. Relations with Canada’s Indigenous Tribes,.
The imperfect relationship with its First Nations found Canada a more tolerant society than the United States. This imperfect peace largely avoided the violence that befell the United States and its relationship with native tribes.

27. The impact of the United States Civil War: Canada opposed slavery yet like Britain, saw no reason to stop trading with the Confederate States of America. Tensions nearly brought about war with Britain yet ended in hastening the birth of Canada.

28. Canada was born without bloodshed: As French Canada was pacified by its Catholic Church, Englishmen formed a counter-revolutionary society founded on the principles of peace, order and good government rather than life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

29. The elephant in the room,
Comparing Canadian and American Identities: Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada; Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States. Thus does Canada continue to suffer from the little brother syndrome.

30. The Rise of Imperial Japan
Forced to reckon with Western sea power, Japan turned to emulate Western traditions of expansion and power politics

31. Japan Resurrects the Cult of Bushido
Joining the race to power politics, Japan reconstructed its society in just a few generations but fell into a race that consumed it

32.Japanese Film Propaganda in World War II
This talk uses clips from almost forgotten Japanese films to demonstrate the power of film to motivate its population to accept war as a necessity

33. Postwar Japanese Art Film: Remembering Poetry and Power
Using brief clips from the most acclaimed Japanese films, this talk demonstrates how Japan remembered its poetic side in the postwar world.


34. Cruising with Alfred Hitchcock
Six different talks with film clips and vignettes reveal Hitchcock’s enigma to himself and to his audiences.

35. The Immortal Marilyn Monroe: Tragic Sex Goddess Who Became Immortal, Then Died
Two talks that deal with the life and death of this icon of American sexuality continue to provoke theories and fantasies.

36. Actors’ Magic
Three talks explain the public's ongoing attraction to the Hollywood Dream Factory and the Oscars
Prof. Evans has been a Destination Speaker since 2012 and has specialized in the abovementioned locales. He has authored 4 books and also has a strong background in film studies. His Power Point delivery makes for a positive learning & social environment as Celebrity, Oceania, Princess, Cunard, Victory and Sea Dream officials will attest.From November - May he resides in south Florida.
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Sun SU191024 World Cruise 2019 - 2020 Sector 5 25 San Juan Thursday, October 24, 2019
Viking Orion OR190715 Alaska & the Inside Passage 10 Seward (Anchorage), Alaska Monday, July 15, 2019
Viking Orion OR190705 Alaska & the Inside Passage 10 Vancouver Friday, July 5, 2019
Viking Star ST181101 Cultural Cuba 7 Miami, Florida Thursday, November 1, 2018