Alexander "Alec" Murphy is senior vice president of the American Geographical Society and a professor of geography at the University of Oregon. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee for National Geographic Education. Alec co-authored Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture, a comprehensive look at global phenomena, ranging from India and East Africa to Peru and China. He has traveled and conducted research on five continents. An engaging speaker with a wealth of knowledge on political, cultural, historical, and environmental geography, he will offer his insights into the human and physical forces that shape the places we visit.