Jane Vincent-Havelka - "Return to Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon" (7:30 PM EST)
Jane Vincent-Havelka is a London photographer and writer. Over 17 years she travelled extensively in South America, doing documentary photography, consulting and public relations with her first husband and two young children. Her photographs were used in presentations for universities, schools and various groups - and for media work and public relations, for book illustrations, and by a New York agency. Following her husband's death, the focus of her photography changed to Asia where she has travelled widely, from Pakistan to the Philippines, for both work and pleasure - with one trip to central Africa. For many years, she wrote full page travel articles, illustrated by her photos, for newspapers across Canada.
Jane has a particular interest in photographing people, with their cultures and livelihoods, and the effects of the environment, economics and politics on their lives. A lot of her travel has been on foot, hiking and trekking between remote villages.
Tonight Jane will talk about Bhutan, a Buddhist country in the Himalayas with a unique culture, which she first visited 24 years ago. Since then, the country has become a democracy, and has accepted TV, the internet and cell phones. New roads, private cars and hydro power are opening up the country. Travelling across Bhutan, Jane sees the impact of the changes, and finds out whether the country is reaching its goal of Gross National Happiness.
There will be a $10.00 admission fee for non-members.