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Day 6: In Search of Inspiration – Writers, Artists and Explorers through the Ages | Melbourne Lecture Series 2018

14 Jul 2018
  • Melbourne
Torugart Pass, Kyrgyzstan, image by Christopher Wood.

Explore how religion, art, and literature have interacted with travel over two millennia. 

Meet Homer and Herodotus, Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta, the Muscovite Afanasil Nikitin and English Grand Tourists, explorer Peter Fleming and American art collectors on intellectual, commercial, spiritual and aesthetic journeys everywhere. Follow saints’ bones through the Adriatic, Italian artists in quests for motifs and styles, foreigners reacting to the 17th-century Dutch and intrepid sea voyagers like Alfred Russel Wallace. Learn how travel has enriched our culture, showing us who we are and are not, in this exciting journey through the history of travel, its meaning and its outcomes. – Christopher Wood, Director, Australians Studying Abroad.

Please note bookings are essential.  Each afternoon offers 2 lectures, allowing time for a Q&A session at the conclusion of each lecture. A minimal fee of $12.00 per day will apply.


Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm

News from Tartary: Peter Fleming’s Epic Journey Across Central Asia in 1935
by Assoc. Prof. Alex McKay

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm

Sea Stories from ‘The Malay Archipelago’ – Alfred Russel Wallace’s Adventures on Native Seacraft
by Jeffrey Mellefont

Bookings Essential

RESERVATIONS: Please book online (see below), or contact ASA on: (03) 9822 6899, Freecall 1800 645755 (outside Melbourne Metro) or email: [email protected]

VENUE: Theatre, Lauriston Girls’ School, 38 Huntingtower Road, Armadale.

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