Women Travelers and their Trailblazing Stories | Newberry

Women Travelers and their Trailblazing Stories

Led by Katrina A Kemble
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Six sessions. Saturdays, July 9-August 13.


In person

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Seminar Description

Experience the majestic beauty of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, join an exquisite ancient tea ceremony in Japan, and come face-to-face with a Hindu goddess in a cave temple this summer in this seminar on women’s travel writing.

In this seminar, we will explore the history of female travelers and read about their trailblazing experiences. We will read many well-known authors, such as Mary Shelley, Edith Wharton, Isak Dinesen, Joan Didion, Maya Angelou, Isabel Allende, and many others and learn about their fascinating travel adventures.

Katrina Kemble is an adjunct professor at Loyola University and Columbia College Chicago. She has studied travel writing at the London School of Journalism and London City College and has traveled extensively around the globe.

Materials List


  • Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travelers (Virago, 2002) ISBN: 9781844084418

  • Lucy McCauley, Amy G. Carlson, & Jennifer Leo, A Woman’s Path (Traveler’s Tales, 2000) ISBN: 9781885211484

  • Don George, Better Than Fiction: True Tales From Great Fiction Writers (Lonely Planet, 2012) ISBN: 9781742205946”

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions. Registration: $230 ($207 for Newberry members, seniors, and students)

Please note: You’ll register for this class on a platform called Learning Stream. Questions? Contact us at adulteducation@newberry.org.

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