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Roundtable to Focus on "The Disappearing Islands — The Azores"

Dr. Mary Arenas will present "The Disappearing Islands — The Azores," a delightful evening of armchair travel on Monday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. The roundtable discussion—slide and lecture presentation—will be held in Moravian College’s Prosser Auditorium. The Azores were known to the Phoenicians; visited by Norsemen; forgotten for four centuries; appeared on an Italian map of 1351, and re-discovered in 1427 by Portuguese seafarers.

Dr. Mary Arenas is a professor of Foreign Languages at Moravian. Dr. Arenas earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. In her undergraduate career she also studied at the University of Madrid, Spain, earning her B.A. from Rockford College, Illinois. She has been a member of the Moravian College faculty since 1963; is Study Abroad Adviser; and served as Department Chair of Foreign Languages for thirteen years. During January terms Dr. Arenas also conducted study trips with students to Spain, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and England. Additional travels included trips to Western Europe, Mexico and South America. With her husband, Juan, Mary helped plan, prepare and provision cruises on their thirty-two foot sailboat, "Zagala", for a six-legged circumnavigation of the North Atlantic Ocean between 1991 - 1995. During the summers of 1991 and 1992 she spent a total of five weeks on the islands of Faial and Terceira, two of the nine Azores Islands. The Monday roundtable series is free and open to the public. For more information, call (610) 861-3919. The Moravian College Alumni Association sponsors the roundtable series.