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Bestselling Author To Deliver Keynote Address at 60th Anniversary Celebration

Fort Collins, Colorado — The Institute for Shipboard Education | Semester at Sea will celebrate its 60th anniversary later this month with a keynote lecture by Guggenheim Fellow and best-selling author Rachel Louise Snyder. The Semester at Sea alum, whose new memoir Women We Buried, Women We Burned was recently featured in the Washington Post and New York Times Review of Books, will anchor a Thursday, Oct. 19, celebration at 5:30 p.m. in the Lory Theatre on the campus of Colorado State University.

The event, which is being co-hosted by the Office of International Programs at CSU, is free and open to the campus community and the general public. KUNC-Northern Colorado Public Radio and The Colorado Sound is the event’s media sponsor. Semester at Sea is based on the campus of Colorado State, its academic partner since 2016. ISE President and CEO Scott Marshall, CSU President Amy Parsons, and others will also appear at the event.

Rachel Louise Snyder is a critically acclaimed author, journalist, and professor, known for her thought-provoking work on social justice, global issues, and interpersonal dynamics. Her new memoir begins by detailing her time on Semester at Sea and includes a full chapter dedicated to her transformative experience on board—an experience she detailed in an extensive interview on NPR this summer. Her experiences with the program, she says, profoundly influenced her worldview and ignited her passion for exploring and addressing global challenges.

Snyder’s bestselling books, including No Visible Bruises and Fugitive Denim, have garnered critical acclaim and have been instrumental in raising awareness about critical social issues. Her commitment to shedding light on topics that impact society aligns with Semester at Sea’s mission to foster global citizenship and cultural understanding. Notable features include those appearing in The New York Times, NPR, and Time Magazine.

The 60th anniversary celebration promises to be a memorable event, bringing together alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of Semester at Sea.

“We are honored to have Rachel Louise Snyder as our guest speaker for this momentous occasion,” said Marshall, President and CEO of the Institute for Shipboard Education. “Her journey as a Semester at Sea student and her dedication to social justice issues exemplify the spirit of global citizenship that we strive to instill in our students. We look forward to her inspiring words as we celebrate 60 years of transformative education and cultural exchange.”

While registration is not required, attendees are asked to register to help with estimating food and beverage needs for the event.

For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact Jason Hughes, VP of Marketing and Recruitment at or (970) 672-0829.

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