[act-ma] Tom Haines, Cambridge Forum, Nov 19

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Press Release					

Boston Globe travel writer Tom Haines seeks individual encounters in remote regions as a way to understand broader issues of time and place.  A gold miner in Venezuela, a reindeer herder in the Arctic, a wheat farmer in the land of Confucius–at the edge of this global century, how large do terrain and distance loom?  What impact have the forces of modern communication and trade had on formerly isolated cultures?  What is the daily life like for people living with one foot in the past and one in the present?

Tom Haines is the staff travel writer at the Boston Globe.   In 2000, the Journalists in Europe Foundation awarded Haines their top prize; in 2007 Haines was named  Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of Travel Writers. His writing has also appeared in the 2004 edition of The Best American Travel Writing. 
Among his most recent projects is the four-part series, Crossing Divides, on which he has completed work with photographer Essdras M. Suarez. 

For his writing in 2004-2005, he was awarded the American travel writers most coveted recognition: the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year.  The judges wrote:
Haines is the thinking man’s travel writer, a journalist who seeks to find larger meaning in the details of place and time. His body of work encompasses the senses: from the high-pitched joy emanating from singing children on the savannas of steamy Venezuela to the painful reality of the Sudan, where tribal punishment rings with the crack of a sheikh’s judgmental whip. But Haines can surprise and delight as well, such as his quick visit to a hot Algerian night spot on Paris’ Right Bank. And he can be addictive –– just like those NM-6 hot peppers grown in New Mexico’s hothouses.

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