Five languages and two major religions have unified rather than fractionated a country that thrives under "most honorable compromise," as University Travel Club patrons will learn in Kingsbury Hall Thursday, May 4 at 8 p.m.
On hand for live narration of his film, "My Switzerland," will be Kenneth Richter, one of the most widely experienced travelog producers on the circuit (and one of the only travelog producers to win an Academy Award.)This full-length, full-color film will wind up the current season, which began in mid-October.
Richter focuses first on the hamlet of Tagertschi, birthplace of his grandmother, then shifts to Berne, Switzerland's capital city with its arcaded streets and the famous bears that recall those that gave the city its name. St. Gotthard Pass through the Alps, a cruise on the Vierwaldstattersee to a spot near the political birthplace of the country, breath-taking mountain scenery near Interlaken, the bridges and resident swans of Lucerne, the French-Swiss cheese center and village of Gruyeres, the painted houses of Stein-am-Rhein, Zermatt and other scenic landmarks of Switzerland are also featured.
Along the way, Richter points out that Switzerland is the world's oldest democracy, covering seven centuries and backed by a well-trained army that has kept the country free of war for 500 years.
General admission tickets will be sold in Kingsbury Hall, room 210, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. till showtime.
The free shuttlebus will begin service in Rice Stadium parking lot about 7:10 p.m., said Paul Cracroft, winding up his 22nd season as coordinator of the UTC series and his 12th season as manager of Kingsbury Hall.