Program SpotlightA Moroccan OdysseyImperial Cities, Deserts, and Kasbahs
March 8 – 21, 2014
In its position on the far northwestern corner of Africa, with a shoreline that stretches from the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar to the Atlantic, Morocco has been for many centuries one of the great intersections of civilization. It served as the garden frontier for the Romans and witnessed the wanderings of the earliest Christians and Muslims and the advance of the Moors from Africa to Spain; it welcomed the dusty caravans at the end of their long treks across the Sahara and the first brave ventures of the Portuguese out across the great oceans. Today, Morocco retains elements of all of its history, combining a wealth of cultures from the three continents with a native population of Berbers and black Africans. It is simply one of the most fascinating collections of humanity available anywhere on earth.