There and Back Again


Bhutan is a mythical country, often described as the last Shangri-La.  In 1967, Adam Steele, with some help from his family, traveled to Bhutan, crossing from one side of the country to the other on horseback over a period of six months -- the first outsiders to do this in over 200 years.  Forty-three years later they made it back to a country that is navigating the transition to modernity democracy, transportation and the internet are putting pressure on traditional culture, and the much vaunted commitment to Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product.  In this travelogue Dr. Steele will compare the old and the new, and talk about the challenges that face this Himalayan jewel.

The Lounge at Iwan Ries
, November 10, 2015

Cocktails at 5:30, presentation 6:00-6:30, 
followed by discussion and more cocktails.   

Reservations are required.

Adam Steele teaches computer science at DePaul University, and is a longtime member of the Cigar Society. He has a Ph.D. from Concordia University in Montreal. Before joining the faculty at DePaul, Adam held research and development positions at Rockwell Collins and M3i Systems.


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