Photos by participants Russell Belinsky, Lia Howe, Bob Howe, and J.D. Sandfort

Juan Lindau, professor of political science, was faculty study leader on a Block Break Away to Cuba for 53 alumni, parents, and friends who spent time in Havana and sailed from port to port via small ship chartered exclusively for the group in February.

Two programs led by alumni study leaders are sold out, one by geologist Peter McCarville ’84 to Bryce and Zion National Parks, and the other by archeologist Gary Ziegler ’64 to Peru; both are slated for May. In August, Physics Professor Shane Burns will lead a Block Break Away to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the prime spot in North America to view the first solar eclipse visible in our country in 26 years. The trip is sold out, but if you’d like to add your name to the wait list in case of cancellations, please fill out the form online.

Peter Blasenheim, professor of history, will lead a Block Break Away to the Argentinian side of Patagonia Jan. 5-16, 2018. Destinations include Buenos Aires, Península Valdés, Puerto Madryn, Punta Tombo, El Calafate, and the Upsala and Perito Moreno Glaciers. Blasenheim has taught Latin American and African history at CC since 1973, during which he chaired the History Department and co-chaired the Spanish and Portuguese Department, published articles on Brazilian and Argentine history, and co-edited a book on Richard Morse, a prominent historian of Latin American intellectual history.

Watch for details on two stateside trips slated for 2018: 5 Days in New York, a celebration of art and theatre to be held in April; and 5 Days in Chicago, to be held in June.

Also in June 2018, two international Block Break Away trips are scheduled. One will be led by Jeff Noblett, professor of geology, to Iceland. With Professor Noblett, participants will explore some of the interior off-the-beaten-path spots not offered by cruise ships. The other Block Break Away will be to the Burgundy region in France and led by Eric Perramond, associate professor of Southwest Studies, who was born in France and is an expert on the terroir of that region. This latter journey will be focused on wine and will be more limited in the number of participants. Please email to receive advanced notice of registration for either trip.

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