Don is a popular and well-respected lecturer known for his ablity to connect with any audience, including corporations and conventions, and deliver a message of hope along with a well-informed perspective on foreign affairs, journalism, and cross-cultural awareness.
His attentiveness and humor have won accolades from audiences ranging from the 5,000 attendees of his keynote lecture on Water at the Chautauqua Institution, to a hardy group of National Geographic travelers huddled around a campfire in Jordan’s Wadi Rum, reliving the experiences of Lawrence of Arabia in World War I. Don has appeared on CNN, Fox, the PBS NewsHour, and the Diane Rehm Show; he’s done dozens of satellite media tours and press interviews, and has spoken to hundreds of groups over the past two decades.
His audiences include the Chautauqua Institution, National Geographic Live, the World Presidents Organization, West Financial Corporation, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the National Writers Workshop, Cape May Forum, the New York Public Library, and many schools and universities, including the University of San Diego, the University of South Carolina, Hood College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Deloitte University, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), and San Diego State University.
Don has been a featured lecturer on National Geographic Expeditions tours, including trips to India, the Holy Land, Jordan and Syria, East Africa, Haifa to Mombasa, the Cradle of Civilization, and Around the World by Private Jet.
This coming year, he’ll serve as an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond, and also work with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to share his groundbreaking course on Slow Journalism with educators around the United States.
Don’s favorite speaking topics include: Leadership lessons from Lawrence of Arabia, the making of the modern Middle East, Israel and Palestine, the Jordan River, Arab Christians, Syria, Pakistan, India, the geopolitics of Water, local effects of global climate change, the Out of Eden Walk, and personalized tips on “guerrilla diplomacy” developed over three decades on the road for National Geographic.
His recent lecture at the University of San Diego, “Crossing Invisible Borders,” can be viewed below: