A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Elvira Masson, a professor of Chinese cultural history at New Mexico State University, has been working, traveling, and studying in China since 1983. She studied Chinese language and modern theater in Beijing, and worked for many years developing and leading academic and cultural programs for students of all ages visiting China. She loves introducing travelers to the sights, sounds, and especially the flavors of China.
Alexander "Alec" Murphy is Professor of Geography at the University of Oregon, a past president of the American Association of Geographers, and Senior Vice President of the American Geographical Society. He has lectured and traveled extensively in China. The Chinese translation of a U.S. National Academy of Sciences study he recently chaired on “Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences” is widely used throughout the country. Alec is also co-author of a leading textbook in human geography. In the late 1990s he led the effort to add geography to the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. Drawing on his expertise in political, cultural, and environmental geography, Alec will offer his insights into the human and physical forces shaping the places we visit.