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Road Scholar's expert lecturers and group leaders create exceptional educational opportunities for you by contributing their extensive knowledge about the culture, heritage and history of the places you're visiting. They are both authorities on your destination and lifelong learners themselves who are excited to answer your questions, hear your opinions and share your experience.

On our educational programs you will be led by people such as:

Mr. Denis Kissane

For 40 years, Denis Kissane ran a dairy farm on a small hill farm near his home town of Killarney. He retired in 2005 and has since spent his time welcoming visitors to Ireland, serving as a heritage specialist and working with elementary schoolchildren as a participant in the Heritage in Schools program. Denis truly loves his work and is never happier than when he is able to show the beauty of his native Killarney to the visitors of Ireland.

See: The Best of Ireland: The Coast, the Countryside and Dublin

Marilyn McMinn McCredie

Born in the Hooper's Creek section of Henderson County, North Carolina, into a family that has held land there since land grant days, Marilyn McCredie grew up steeped in Appalachian folkways and tradition. This, plus her own rich experience, is the basis for most of her storytelling. She is a debunker of myths and a dispeller of stereotypes regarding mountain people. Her depth of knowledge and her skillful presentation have led her to be called "a cultural ambassador."

See: Biltmore Estate's Victorian Christmas Splendor and an Appalachian Mountain Christmas

Jerry Rightman

Who would have ever thought that a retired veterinarian would become a dedicated art lecturer? Jerry Rightman is just that person and is an active member in the art community of Santa Fe, applying his talents as a docent at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. He has received rave reviews for the many years that he has been teaching for Road Scholar.

See: Santa Fe and Taos: A Tale Of Two Cities

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl is a professional photographer, educator, author, lecturer and workshop instructor residing in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. His goal is to inspire people to appreciate the splendor of nature by transforming the mundane into the exciting through contemplative and artistic interpretation. While his primary aim is to create art with his photographs, he also strives to document the natural world with an eye toward conservation and education. This has led him to volunteer his time and photography skills with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Nikhil's work has been published in a number of print and electronic media. His fine art prints have been widely exhibited in the Washington metropolitan area, and are part of many private collections. Nikhil leads several nature photography workshops and educational explorations in the U.S. and his instruction is focused on interpretation, expression and developing personal vision.

See: Pictures With a Pro: Wildlife and Nature Photography Workshop on Virginia's Eastern Shore

Deirdre Ni Chinneide

Deirdre Ni Chinneide is a singer and song-writer who specializes in Celtic singing. She has performed worldwide and sung extensively in Irish and English as a vocalist with bands such as Mo run Searc, Acabella, Ragus and more. Deirdre has also toured the Celtic festival route in Europe and the United States.

See: The Best of Ireland: The Coast, the Countryside and Dublin




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