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Sept. 29, 2014

This year's 3D Journeys travel experience and lecture series at LaGrange College will focus on Croatia, one of Europe's top destinations.

"We wanted to offer our guests something different," said Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations. "Not many people know much about Croatia or have traveled there. It is a beautiful country, and we're looking forward to learning more about it."

A preview of the events planned for 2015 will be presented at 10 a.m. Monday in Dickson Assembly Room in Turner Hall. It will feature summaries of the lecture topics, as well as a report from Steve Hart of Hart Travel Partners, who arranged the 2014 trip to Spain and is in charge of the Croatian excursion.

Pirkle said she is excited about this year's speakers.

"The always-popular Dr. Joe Cafaro (Professor of History and Chair of the History and Social Sciences Department) is returning," she said. "Then we'll have Jeremy McCosh from Aramark (dining services); Dr. John Cook, Professor of Religion; and Dr. Mariangela Vecchiarini, Assistant Professor of Business and Accountancy."

Following Monday's lecture previews, Hart will discuss particulars about the trip to Croatia. An optional reading list will be distributed, as well as a Croatia travel brochure.

Registration for the trip will begin Thursday.

Lectures will kick off Jan. 26 with Dr. Cafaro's discussion of "The Emergence of the Republic of Croatia in Historical Perspective." The cuisine of Croatia will be explored Feb. 23 when McCosh presents "Let's Eat Croatian," followed by Dr. Cook's presentation March 23 on "Christianity in Croatia."

The series will conclude April 27 with Dr. Vecchiarini's lecture on "Post-War Croatia's Entrepreneurial Vigor: The Economic Rebirth after the Independence."

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Pirkle said the Croatian trip will offer a new adventure for the LaGrange travelers.

"We will be traveling on a private yacht that was built in 2013," she said. "Steve Hart spent a couple of days on the yacht recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. We will be the only group on the boat."

One of its advantages is its accessibility to sites on the coast.

"It is so small that we can pull right up to the city dock and walk right into town, wherever we are."

She said almost half of the country's residents speak English as a second language, and the country is known for its 1,000 islands, coastline, crystal-clear water and exotic mix of architecture and food.

"Croatia is located across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, and because it is on the sea, the climate tends to be more temperate."

The Old City of Dubrovnik is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, she said, and is classified as a World Heritage Site.

It also serves as one of the locations for HBO's hit TV series "Game of Thrones." With its timeless vistas and soaring walls on high cliffs overlooking the sea, Dubrovnik is the setting for Kings Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms on the popular show.

Offering another topic, the fall 3D Journeys lecture and travel opportunity will feature a study of Sir Winston Churchill, the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Dr. Cafaro will lead the discussion at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 in Dickson Assembly Room.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer and an artist. He is the only British Prime Minister to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.

The fall travel opportunity to the "Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting" exhibit in Atlanta is sold out. However, those interested in being added to the waiting list should call (706) 880-8244.

For more information, email or call the Office of Alumni and Community Relations.

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