Travel Talks and Events  


Join Kate Sanders for Travel Talks – a webcast series dedicated to the OSU Alumni Association Group Travel Program.

Topics range from travel tips to information on various destinations and more. All Travel Talks are online at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time

June 4 Travel Talk

The Collapse of the Bronze Age and the Birth of Greek Gods - Travel to the Ancient Mediterranean with John Larison
3,000 years ago, the Aegean Sea thrived as a center of culture and commerce, with bustling urban centers and flourishing artistic endeavors. However, around 1200 BCE, a violent collapse plunged the region into a dark age lasting 400 years, leading to questions about its causes and consequences. Explore the origins of this mysterious decline and its cultural legacy, including iconic works like The Iliad, The Odyssey, and modern interpretations such as Percy Jackson, with novelist and OSU lecturer John Larison. Register. 



Recorded Travel Talk Presentations


Additional recordings are linked below.




About Kate Sanders

Director II, Alumni Programs and Alumni Group Travel

Kate Sanders headshot.


Kate Sanders is the director for academic enrichment and Alumni Group Travel at the Oregon State University Alumni Association, where she is responsible for the travel program as well as the association’s signature events and educational programming. Kate joined the alumni association in 2013 after planning presidential and university-level events at Oregon State University and has a professional background in project management, event planning, writing and environmental education. Travel and tourism have always been part of her life, from family trips when young, to living abroad in Australia, to work and personal travel today.


Kate has been to almost every state in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico. She has hosted alumni group tours to destination such as Costa Rica, Scotland, Alaska, French Polynesia, the Channel Islands, Peru, Galapagos Island, the Grand Canyon and the Kentucky Derby. She has also visited Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and Caribbean Islands, among others.