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'Global Connections' goes down under for next talk

A geography professor who recently traveled to the wine regions of Australia for research will give the next discussion in New Mexico State University's "Global Connections" lecture series.

Two adult kangaroos boxing in a meadow
Two adult kangaroos box in a meadow outside of the Small Wine Makers Center, a wine tasting room in Sydney, Australia. NMSU geography professor Chris Brown will share about the kangaroos and his Australian adventure in the next 'Global Connections' presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the CMI Theatre. (Photo by Carol Placchi)

Christopher Brown, a department head in the College of Arts and Sciences, will share his adventures "down under" when he presents "Snaps and stories from a Little Piece of a Really Big Place," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Creative Media Institute Theatre.

"Australians have a tremendous zest for life, and a great appreciation for food, drink and gathering to enjoy these essential elements of culture," Brown said. "They are especially serious about fine coffee and fine wine, as the Hunter Valley is every bit as well developed and sophisticated as Napa or Sonoma."

Brown, along with his wife, Carol Placci, and their two children, Jared and Shelby, took a family holiday to Sydney last July where he conducted research in the different wine regions. They stayed near the Anzac War Memorial and Hyde Park, which is one of the oldest public parklands in Australia.

"This was about 3/4 of a mile from the Circular Quay from which all the ferries leave, and also proximal to the Royal Botanical Garden," Brown said.

Brown visited several Aussie attractions including the Sydney Inner Harbor, Coff's Harbor, Phillip Island and Eulong, a small logging valley.

"The rural valley was really a slice of The Australian Bush, and Phillip Island is magical with wildlife with the southern exposure to Tasmania and Antarctica," Brown said.

Brown plans to give a travelogue of his stay, discussing the culture and friendliness of the locals with a slide show.

"Folks were just very warm to us," Brown said. "Granted, we were in tourist areas, but without exception, everyone we met on the trip were warm to my family and me, helpful in sorting out travel details and thrilled to see us enjoy their culture."

Brown is an associate professor whose research interests include the U.S.-Mexico border environmental and water research, geographic information systems and comparative environmental analysis.

The "Global Connections" series features faculty members' exotic trips around the world. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen and ask questions of NMSU professors about the kind of global first-hand experiences they might never otherwise encounter.

The "Global Connections" series will be offered on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Creative Media Institute Theatre at Milton Hall. The series will run through April 2. The lectures are free and open to the public.