Shaped by the Ice Age and sheltered from the Pacific Ocean by one thousand miles of islands lining North America's pacific coast, the Inside Passage embodies untamed Alaska with magnificent glaciers, snowcapped mountains and a wilderness with more spectacular beauty than you could imagine. Stand on the deck of your Five-Star small ship as you cruise the protected coves and inlets of serene, deep blue waters. Watch for wildlife: bald eagles, harbor seals, humpback whales and brown bears. Experience the thunderous calving of the Dawes and South Sawyer Glaciers, venture into the heart of narrow Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm and explore the Passage's hidden treasures--secluded Inian Island and seldom-visited Elfin Cove. Along the way, encounter the indigenous culture of the Tlingit; onion-domed churches built by Russian fur traders, hearty fishing villages, trading outposts settled by American pioneers and the gold rush settlements built over a century ago.
**Program pricing and itinerary subject to change until final publication of brochure**
Charles Wheelan is a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College. He joined the Dartmouth faculty fulltime in June of 2012. He was awarded the Dean of the Faculty Teaching Award in 2020.
At Dartmouth, Wheelan teaches a diverse array of public policy courses, including the Practicum in Global Policy Leadership, an experiential learning course in which the class travels to the place they are studying. In 2018, he traveled with 13 seniors to Colombia for two weeks to study the Colombian peace process. In previous years, the practicum class has visited Liberia, India, Northern Ireland, and Israel and Jordan.
In 2016-17, Wheelan spent nine months traveling around the world with his wife and three teenage children. His humorous account of that experience, We Came, We Saw, We Left, was published by W.W. Norton in January of 2021.
Wheelan holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago, a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. He lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife Leah Yegian Wheelan.