Introduction to Malta with Dr. Dane Munro - Context Travel

Introduction to Malta with Dr. Dane Munro


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Malta packs a large range into its small archipelago. From sparkling waters to prehistoric temples and intricate churches, there’s a remarkable variety. This presentation will show participants a wide array of aspects concerning the Maltese archipelago, its Mediterranean world view, and the human condition in a sun-soaked and culture-rich environment.

Together, we will touch upon the landscape, food, nature, built-up environment, religion, 'Malteseness' and cultural-historical aspects relevant for understanding a small island surrounded by big neighbors, illustrated by many photographs, as colorful as the Mediterranean itself. We’ll virtually visit locations such as Gozo, Valletta, and Mdina as we admire beautiful honey-colored buildings and soak up their history. We’ll hear tales of the centuries-old tradition of the Knights of Malta and we’ll escape to secret coves nestled in the fossil-studded cliffs.

Led by a historian and expert tour guide, Dr. Dane Munro, this interactive seminar will take participants on a journey to a tiny but mighty Mediterranean island. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants, this presentation will help travelers to decide on their itinerary, 'to do' lists, and where to spend moments of careless leisure to enjoy the moment of being in Malta.

Dane Munro is a cultural anthropologist of pilgrimage, a historian specialised in the Order of Malta, and a Neo-Latinist specialised in the sepulchral art of the Knights of the Order of Malta. Besides being a university lecturer and researcher, he has spent over 25 years as a tour guide in Malta, making it a habit of explaining difficult matters in simple language. He aims to make culture available to everyone.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Wonderful!

My favorite Context Conversation so far. Dr. Munro did an excellent job. He is extremely knowledgeable, obviously loves Malta, and chose lots of great photos to give an overview of various areas of Malta and the little neighboring island of Gozo. It was very interesting to learn more about the Order of St. John, an integral part of Maltese history, and who helped the Maltese people. repel invaders and have built hospitals. I appreciated the personal touch he added with a photo of himself being inducted into the Order of St. John. I learned so much, and I am now very excited to plan a trip to Malta. Thank you for this clearly understandable, varied, and enthusiastic presentation.

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Need more history and context

The slides and stories were great and interesting to know about the Knights of St. John and see the sights on the 2 main islands. However, I think this speaker needed to give a short history of Malta itself: for example, which countries colonized it and when, so that the attendees would have some context to put all the other detailed info he was presenting.

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informative commentary, well illustrated, but missing some important sites

Dr. Munro gave an overview of many sites in Malta, particularly focussing on those related to his speciality, the Order of Malta. I was disappointed to see no mention of the gardens, protected from the wind, which have been made inside the old limestone quarries. Also very fleetingly mentioned were the megalithic temple complexes such as Hagar Qim, one of the most ancient religious sites on earth.

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c.W.
Wonderful!

My favorite Context Conversation so far. Dr. Munro did an excellent job. He is extremely knowledgeable, obviously loves Malta, and chose lots of great photos to give an overview of various areas of Malta and the little neighboring island of Gozo. It was very interesting to learn more about the Order of St. John, an integral part of Maltese history, and who helped the Maltese people. repel invaders and have built hospitals. I appreciated the personal touch he added with a photo of himself being inducted into the Order of St. John. I learned so much, and I am now very excited to plan a trip to Malta. Thank you for this clearly understandable, varied, and enthusiastic presentation.

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B.
Need more history and context

The slides and stories were great and interesting to know about the Knights of St. John and see the sights on the 2 main islands. However, I think this speaker needed to give a short history of Malta itself: for example, which countries colonized it and when, so that the attendees would have some context to put all the other detailed info he was presenting.

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P.
informative commentary, well illustrated, but missing some important sites

Dr. Munro gave an overview of many sites in Malta, particularly focussing on those related to his speciality, the Order of Malta. I was disappointed to see no mention of the gardens, protected from the wind, which have been made inside the old limestone quarries. Also very fleetingly mentioned were the megalithic temple complexes such as Hagar Qim, one of the most ancient religious sites on earth.

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C.H.

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