Travel Adventures

Travel Adventures Film Series


A Geography Film/Lecture Series

These fascinating travel films are professionally produced by world-famous photojournalists who love travel and adventure.  They often are the same folks that present at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC.  The filmmakers themselves introduce and narrate the films live from the Sykes Theater stage.

All film/lecture programs begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp in Sykes Theater on the West Chester University campus, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester.


2014-2015 Program Descriptions


America's Hot Spots: Our Volcanic Legacy, Travel September 22-23,2014

Gray Warriner

The Amazon, A River Expedition Down the Great River Sea of Brazil October 27-28, 2014 Marlin Darrah
Treasures of Taiwan November 17-18, 2014 Buddy Hatton
France Forever February 23-24, 2015 Monty Brown
The Soul of India March 16-17, 2015 Rick Ray
Lure and Lore of Deserts March 30-31, 2015 Sandy Mortimer


Gray Warriner - America's Hot Spots: Our Volcanic Legacy, Travel

September 22-23, 2014

Lake with snow capped mountian in the distance

Hawaii, the frozen summits of the Aleutian Island, the alpine park lands of the Pacific Northwest, Yellowstone's geysers and hot springs, and the largest rapid in Arizona's Grand Canyon have this in common: volcanism. Come see how this noted photojournalist interprets these landscapes and how they have shaped the people upon them.

Marlin Darrah - The Amazon, A River Expedition Down the Great River Sea of Brazil

October 27-28, 2014

Two macaw's perched on a branch in the Amazon

The world's most traveled filmmaker with award-winning production experience in 140 countries. Both a great river and the world's largest forest, the Amazon holds luxurious beauty, tropical heat, mysterious history, healing powers from its plants, and a vast river that joins so many lives and countries. With exquisite camera work and commentary, Marlin Darrah takes us far up the least inhabited river in the Amazon Basin: The Rio Negro to explore areas very rarely visited and seek out the mysterious life of the wilderness.

Buddy Hatton - Treasures of Taiwan

November 17-18, 2014

Large red chinese dragon statue

Taiwan, a small island of contrasts and mixed cultural influences, offers a hi-tech society, a culture filled with traditions and an aboriginal soul. From dragon boat races to stinky tofu, hot springs to the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial, we'll see it all! Come and enjoy the fine photography and insightful commentary of one of America's most loved film presenters.

Monty Brown - France Forever

February 23-24, 2015

Large castle close to a waterway

Monty and his partner Marsha Brown take a new look at the old favorite country of France, and share footage of the massive mechanical Elephant in Nantes and other very new tourist attractions. Their film reveals unexpected connections, contemporary and historical, between France and the United States as well as visits familiar and favorite places.

Rick Ray - The Soul of India

March 16-17, 2015

Large gold castle surrounded by water

This amazing film captures India's nearly infinite diversity and stunning vitality, all with what can only be described as in-your-face energy. With thousands of languages, most of the world's religions, and landscapes that include jungles, deserts, beaches, and mountains, we are challenged to grasp the encyclopedia of experience that is India. Come and be surprised!

Sandy Mortimer - Lure and Lore of Deserts

March 30-31, 2015

Stone house with cone shaped roof in desert

With her expert camera work we discover what lured, and continues to lure, people to six of the deserts of the world. Three are in the Middle East, in Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. Three are in North America, the Sonoran, Mohave, and Chihuahuan. For all, we'll learn the lore and legends of little-known sites and surprising stories of those more familiar.


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Film/Lecture Program

The same film/lecture program is offered on Monday and Tuesday.  Individual tickets are $10.  Film/lecture program tickets may be ordered in advance or purchased at the door.  WCU students with current ID may attend for free.

A partial season subscription (your choice of any 4 programs) is available for $35.

A full season subscription (which includes all 6 programs) is available at a discounted rate of $55, and includes a 7th ticket "guest pass" accepted at any film/lecture program.

Pre-Program Dinner

On Tuesdays, an optional pre-program dinner is available.  Each themed dinner features a special menu selected to complement the evening's program.  The dinners, with all-inclusive pricing ($31 for subscribers, $35 for non-subscribers), enable informal conversation between folks who like to travel and to learn about travel.

Dinner reservations are limited, and available only with advanced registration and payment.  Season subscribers are given preference for dinner seating.

All Tuesday dinners begin at 5:30 p.m. in Sykes Ballroom.

Download the 2014-2015 Registration Form here.

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  • For directions and other information, call our hotline: 610-436-2155.

Directions to Sykes Theater




From Route 202 South:

    • Exit at the High Street/West Chester University exit and go north
    • Turn left at the second traffic light. West Rosedale Avenue
    • Turn left immediately before the first stop sign, Church Avenue
    • Turn right onto Norfolk Street and enter the parking lot behind Sykes Student Union Building
    • Parking is free


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