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Ambassador Warlick addresses the Summer 2011 shipboard community upon their arrival in Bulgaria. He encourages the students to explore and fall in love with the country and her people, and also talks about the strength of the ties between the U.S. and Bulgaria.

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Candice Shoemaker, a professor of horticulture and human health at Kansas State University, talks about the three big reasons why the millennium development goals of reducing hunger and poverty by half before 2013 won't happen. She's teaching a course on food security and production during the inaugural Mamester voyage with Semester at Sea.

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Luis Ferriera, official spokesman for the Panama Canal Expansion Project joined us to talk about the opportunity he's had through professor Ed Berger to speak with students aboard the Maymester voyage about the legal, historical and operational aspects of the expansion project.

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Tim Lattimer is the State Department Regional Environmental Officer for Central America and the Caribbean. He's based at the embassy in Costa Rica and for this podcast, he joined us to talk about the biggest challenge that he's working on in the region: how Panama and other countries manage the development goals in an effort to lift people out of poverty and still manage the natural resources of the area.

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During the first day of our journey up the Amazon River, the MV Explorer briefly anchored off of Macapa so that a delegation from the U.S. Embassy in Brazil could board the ship. For the next three days, they were generous with their time; sharing meals and conversations with students and faculty alike, as well as hosting the shipboard community for this panel discussion about Brazil and it's place on the global stage.

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Andrew Briggs, SAS Alum and founder of Freedom in Creation, speaks to the Spring '11 shipboard community about his Semester at Sea experience and the path that it has helped shape for him in his life. He also shares the work of Freedom in Creation and the impact that his organization is having on former child soldiers and the villages of Uganda.

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Judith Mayotte is currently serving as the inaugural Desmond Tutu Distinguished Chair in Global Understanding on the Fall 2010 voyage. As part of her position, Mayotte lectures to students aboard the SAS voyage and gives talks to partner universities during the voyage ports. During the voyage’s stop in Singapore, she led a seminar of a more than dozen students at the National University of Singapore on the importance of being a global leader as Semester at Sea marked its recent academic partnership between the two academic entities.  “I’ve come to realize that no human devised historical event has to take place.  We humans can ... choose to impoverish humanity and decimate mother earth or enrich our human family and together, all of us, make peace with our planet.”

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With his customary wit and wisdom, Archbishop Desmond Tutu engaged his audience aboard the MV Explorer as he spoke about the history of South Africa and the context within which the apartheid system came to be so powerful. While the lessons to be learned from that time period are great, Archbishop Tutu reminds us all that just because apartheid may have ended, the mindset that made it possible still exists, and that it's all of us who have the power to change that.

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Cathy Rodgers, VP at IBM, is sailing on board the MV Explorer from Morocco to Cape Town. She has worked as member of a partnership between IBM and National Geographic on Sustainable development in the past. During her lecture to shipboard community, she addresses the social significance of sustainable development as well as the impact it can have from a community to a global scale. Also, Cathy has twice been named the Woman of the Year in Business in the state of California.

Be sure to listen all the way to the end for a very special reforestation announcement from Cathy, as well.

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