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History - General
Travel & Destinations
Professor Gary Evans teaches History and Film Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Since 2012 he has entertained cruise ship audiences with Caribbean, Panama, and Alaska Destination talks. His colorful presentations move from pre-history to European contacts to contemporary realities and culture. Mr. Evans' historical interest in Alaska includes extensive knowledge of the Gold Rush era and a unique integration and interpretation of US and Canadian history and moving images. He also offers Special Interest talks about Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe and Hollywood Oscar winners.

1. A Continent of Islands
Surveys the history of European colonization of the Caribbean and the search for gold and silver, followed by the need for salt, then sugar

2. Caribbean Legacy
Each island we visit was coveted and fought for by European powers but after the collapse of slavery and the sugar economy was left to languish.

3. The American Century
United States interest in the Caribbean had much to do with wanting to build and control the Panama Canal. Historical photos and moving images demonstrate how changing perspectives led to present day realities.

4. How Objects Shape Civilizations
This talk features 15 objects that played a major role in shaping the civilizations of the Caribbean, Central and South American pre-history.

5. Caribbean and South American Musical Legacy
Each destination has a unique approach to music and this rich history is demonstrated in word, image and sound.

6. Finding Alaska. From 13,000 BCE to charting the Inside Passage in the 1770s, audiences are surprised by this talk's wide scope of natural and political history.

7. The US purchase of Alaska in 1867. A reluctant public called it “Seward’s Icebox” and Russian sellers could hardly believe how they had outsmarted the Americans

8. The Klondike Gold Rush 1897-1899. Some 40,000 stampeded to Alaska to scoop up the gold. Most of them ended up fools who found no gold.

9. The 1899 Edward Harriman Expedition to Alaska. One of the richest men in America assembled the best minds of the era. Cruising over two months they found enough information to fill 11 volumes.

10. Alaska’s Native Cultures & Arts: From totempoles to cedar weaving to iconic religious objects, this talk shows the varied approaches to native art and music over the last 300 years.

11. Native Tribal Culture Meets Modern Civilization.The interaction of Northwest indigenous tribes with modern society was and remains a challenge that transformed native civilization

12. Alaska and the Second World War Long discussed but never acted upon, the building of the Alaska Highway kick started Alaska’s intensive economic development that led to statehood in 1959.

13.Alaska Adventures in the 20th century from John Muir to Jack London to the Grizzly Man. Many have set out to meet the challenge of Alaska only to find it too forbidding. Muir on the glacier, Jack London in Dawson, and amateur grizzly expert Timothy Treadwell all found their match

14.. Brazil and the Amazon Past and Present. A nearly forgotten outpost of the 18th century sugar economy, in the 20th century Brazil joined the rush to globalization resulting in both positive and negative impacts economically and politically.

15. How to Appreciate the Mighty Amazon. Visitors often believe they are on another planet as they discover the Amazon rainforest’s fabulous and unforgettable diverse flora and fauna.

16. Learning About the Amazon’s Diverse Cultures. A number of indigenous peoples of the Amazon share with visitors their cultures in song, dance and language while also showing an interest in and need to benefit from contemporary globalization.

17. Where Does Brazil Go From Here? Visiting the Amazon raises important questions about what lies ahead. The continued contacts with the forces of globalization (including tourism) have given rise to responsible approaches that will benefit both visitors and Brazil’s many peoples and cultures.

18. Discovering Canada:
If you seek a polar climate, have a need to make yourself miserable, or atone for a life of sin, maybe Canada is for you. The First Nations referred to “Ka-Na Da,“ translated as “Nothing but trees and beaver.” It actually means village or settlement. Canada was a fur trader’s bonanza.

19. The American Revolution and the War of 1812, a dangling conversation.
Canadians resisted American imperial ventures after the United States was born in revolution. Canadians knew what they did not want.

20. Relations with native tribes, the original occupants.
The imperfect relationship with its First Nations found Canada a more tolerant society than the United States. This imperfect peace largely avoided the violence that befell the United States and its relationship with native tribes.

21. The impact of the United States Civil War: Canada opposed slavery yet like Britain, saw no reason to stop trading with the Confederate States of America. Tensions nearly brought about war with Britain yet ended in hastening the birth of Canada.

22. Canada was born without bloodshed: As French Canada was pacified by its Catholic Church, Englishmen formed a counter-revolutionary society founded on the principles of peace, order and good government rather than life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

23. The elephant in the room,
Comparing Canadian and American Identities: Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada; Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States. Thus does Canada continue to suffer from the little brother syndrome.


24. Cruising with Alfred Hitchcock
Six different talks with film clips and vignettes reveal Hitchcock’s enigma to himself and to his audiences.

25. The Immortal Marilyn Monroe: Tragic Sex Goddess Who Became Immortal, Then Died
Two talks that deal with the life and death of this icon of American sexuality continue to provoke theories and fantasies.

26. Actors’ Magic
Three talks explain the public's ongoing attraction to the Hollywood Dream Factory and the Oscars
Prof. Evans has been a Destination Speaker since 2012 and has specialized in the abovementioned locales. He has authored 4 books and also has a strong background in film studies. His Power Point delivery makes for a positive learning & social environment as Celebrity, Oceania, Princess, Cunard, Victory and Sea Dream officials will attest.From November - May he resides in south Florida.