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Volcanic UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Virunga National Park

Evening Course

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0113D
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$25 - Gen. Admission

Clockwise: Pompeii, Mount Fuji, Mount Nyiragongo, Virunga National Park, Thingvellir National Park

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There are 1,121 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the world. Each of them offers a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of complex civilizations, empires, and religions. Join Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, for in-depth looks at four UNESCO World Heritage sites that have been profoundly affected by nearby volcanoes, from Pompeii to Virunga National Park. Each lavishly illustrated program goes far beyond the typical tourist experience, incorporating insights drawn from current scholarship and research. Jacobs is the author of several books, including The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. He is currently producing a 24-episode series on UNESCO World Heritage Sites for The Great Courses.

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Virunga National Park

The mist-enshrouded peaks of the Virunga Mountains are part of one of Africa’s earliest protected natural areas. Known for a chain of eight volcanoes — two active, six dormant, along the border of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo—Virunga is home to the endangered mountain gorilla and more than 300 other unique plant and animal species. Together with the adjacent lands of Volcanoes National Park, made famous by the fieldwork of zoologist Dian Fossey, Virunga provides a tense yet majestic backdrop for the competing demands of economic development and ecological preservation.

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