President Emerita Shirley Tilghman and Professor of English Jeff Nunokawa tackle the scientific and literary angles of evolutionary discoveries in the Galapagos, July 29 - August 8, 2015.

Every journey to the Galápagos Islands is a magical one — given daily opportunities to walk among the birds, sea lions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, penguins, fur seals and other wildlife that exist only on these special islands. However, Princeton Journeys is thrilled to announce a special program to the Galápagos that will also feature an academic program without compare. Join the dream team of President Emerita and Professor of Molecular Biology Shirley Tilghman and Professor of English Jeff Nunokawa in considering the Galapágos from scientific and literary angles, July 29–August 8, 2015.

After a two-night stay in Quito, Ecuador, a seven-night cruise aboard the expeditionary yacht La Pinta will allow the intimate Princeton group to explore many islands in the archipelago, with daily stops for hiking, snorkeling, kayaking or just sitting on the beach and watching the teeming wildlife. By night, discuss the day's experiences through the lens of the classic texts and an eye for how Darwin's adventures laid the groundwork for today's biological sciences.

About the Study Leader

Two good friends and colleagues will serve as Princeton Study Leaders for this program: Shirley Tilghman, President of the University, Emerita, and Professor of Molecular Biologyand Jeff Nunokawa, Professor of English, and Master of Rockefeller College.

Shirley M. Tilghman was elected Princeton University's 19th president on May 5, 2001, and assumed office on June 15, 2001. An exceptional teacher and a world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, she served on the Princeton faculty for 15 years before being named president. In 1996 she received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. As a faculty member and as president, Tilghman teaches courses that highlight the central role that Darwin's theory of evolution plays in understanding the natural world. Tilghman is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the Royal Society of London. She serves as a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, Amherst College, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and as a director of Google Inc.

Jeff Nunokawa specializes in English literature from about 1830 to 1900, with a particular fondness for George Eliot and Henry James. He looks to a range of social theory in his scholarly writings, which include the books The Afterlife of Property and Tame Passions of Wilde: Styles of Manageable of Desire and other essays. In 2005, he began posting short essays of literary criticism to Facebook based on a variety of texts and media. Now numbering over 5,300 essays, the collection is accessible to a wide following in and out of the academy. He has been recognized for his teaching with the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1992 and the Class of 2001 University Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2000. Although teaching is his self-processed first love, Nunokawa is as equally recognized on campus as Master of Rockfeller College as he is as a first-rate instructor. Master since 2007, he is lauded for his deep connection with students and his unstoppable energy.


Trip Details

  • Dates: July 29 - August 8, 2015
  • Cost: $9,995 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Criterion Travel

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