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Dr. Ruiz's talk was really engaging and informative. I recommend it to anyone, if he repeats it, and I'm going to keep an eye out for other talks by him.
Wonderful worldwide tour of canals in their broad historical context. Sweeping. Beautiful pictures and elegant, evocative descriptions.
I will never look at canals the same way again! In the past, I have walked along some without giving a second thought to their history. Dr. Ruiz (who prefers to be called "Teo") blew open my eyes to the long, storied history going back almost a thousand years.
My only suggestion would be that more time is needed for the amount of information transferred. I also admittedly had to simultaneously do searches of names and locations because there is necessarily a need to assume a degree of knowledge beyond my own.
I may watch the replay again so as to be able to pause and investigate more about the locations, people and technology and catch up on what I missed the first time around.
Very engaging; highly recommend.
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This was an excellent overview, packed with information, about the importance of canals throughout history. Dr. Ruiz selected historically important canals throughout the world to detail the various ways they have been used and to explain their political importance.