Collin College’s series Passport to the World will take attendees on an adventure through Russia's Far East, with fascinating stories and photographs by Tom and Sharon Hudgins, on Wednesday, April 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus in Plano.

From the Pacific port of Vladivostok to the volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula and down the Kuril Island chain to northern Japan, participants will see Russian Orthodox churches, native Siberian dancers, fuming volcanic islands, abandoned Soviet military bases, and a wealth of wildlife, including seals, sea lions and millions of birds.

Tom Hudgins, who taught economics and business for the University of Maryland's program in Russia in the 90s, is an economics professor at Collin College. Sharon Hudgins is a former University of Maryland professor and author of “The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East.” She holds degrees in Russian Studies and has logged nearly 40,000 miles of travel on the Trans-Siberian Railroad.

After teaching in this part of Russia in the 90s, the two returned on an expedition ship in the summer of 2012 and brought home photographs from this seldom visited part of the world.

Director of the Collin College Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement Dr. Terry Hockenbrough said the series brings the world to Collin College through interactive presentations that focus on culture, politics, lifestyles and geographical interests of foreign lands.

“Education of world issues, places, and interests is vital as students develop a holistic view of our ever-changing world,” Dr. Hockenbrough said.

This event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided at the presentation.


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