Alumni Travel Program

Moroccan Discovery: From Imperial Cities to the Sahara

November 22nd, 2014 - December 5th, 2014






Morocco - a land of dramatic contrasts - invites with its ancient ruins, sacred mosques, lush desert oases, imposing Kasbahs, spirited souks, and villages where life proceeds much as it has for centuries. Visit six UNESCO World Heritage Sites including, Meknes, Morocco's youngest imperial city; Volubulis, with its ancient Roman ruins; and Fez, prized for its cultural, religious, and educational institutions. Follow a fabled ancient caravan route in the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains, see spectacular Todra Gorge and travel to the fortified city of Ait ben-Haddou. Spend three nights in alluring Marrakech, taking time to enjoy mint tea in the home of a local Berber family before concluding in storied Casablanca.

Featuring Skidmore Faculty members Bina Gogineni, English & Kyle Nichols, Geoscience

Bina and Kyle

Photo by Emma Dodge Hanson

Dr. Bina Gogineni and Dr. Kyle Nichols will complement each other as faculty lecturers on this fascinating tour. Bina is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Skidmore College, having earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from Columbia University and her magna cum laude B.A. from Harvard University. She will explore the importance of transnationalism and interculturalism in Moroccan history and literature. Bina intends to look at how Moroccan literature intersects with world and postcolonial literature, her areas of expertise. By contrast her counterpart will look at the nation’s geological significance. Holding both a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Vermont and a B.S. from the University of Washington, Kyle is Associate Professor and Chair of the Geosciences Department at Skidmore College. Kyle’s expertise is understanding how landforms evolve. He intends to explore the geology from the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert by leading and including travelers in field study and sample collection along this amazing itinerary.

Joint Departure with Dartmouth College

Fountain Mosque