November 9, 10:00am-12:00pm
Cambridge Third Age Learning: 30 Days Walking Across the Kalahari with Alastair Summerlee (Ages 18+)
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Alastair Summerlee
Location: Trillium United Church, 450 King St. E. (see map)
After 11 years of having the University of Guelph constantly on his mind, the retired president of U of G developed a plan to wipe the slate clean by walking across the Kalahari Desert in Botswana with only a guide and a few other travellers. They didn't take any food or water with them. And they didn't carry cellphones! Along the way they attended the Festival of the San people, an annual event that goes back 3000 years. Dr. Summerlee will speak to us about his interactions with these interesting people and the impact this journey had on his life.
Alastair Summerlee served as President and vice-chancellor of Guelph University from 2003 to 2014. In May 2017 he was named Carleton University's new interim President and vice-chancellor.
Cambridge Third Age Learning (CTAL) is a movement that encourages learning and discovery experiences for those in the “third age”—the stage in one’s life beyond full-time employment. By cultivating opportunities for discussion and engaging the expertise of local university professors and community professionals, CTAL supports those who have an intellectual curiosity and an interest in life-long learning. At Idea Exchange, our hope is to foster a self-organized group which would create CTAL programs throughout the year with our support as a venue and promotional vehicle.