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Spring 2019: A Voyage of Discovery

Bonnie Morris

UC Berkeley

Bonnie J. Morris is a women’s studies professor and historian, and the author of sixteen books—including The Feminist Revolution, Women’s History for Beginners (which was broadcast on C-Span and earned a fan letter from First Lady Michelle Obama), and Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor (featuring a chapter and photos about Semester at Sea!) This will be her third voyage: she taught global women’s studies on the fall ’93 and spring ’04 voyages, sailing on both the Universe and the Universe Explorer ships. Her favorite memories from teaching with Semester at Sea include meeting Fidel Castro, dancing in a Sarawak longhouse with Iban tribeswomen, spice sampling in
Zanzibar, sunrise at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and visits to traditional women’s bath houses in Turkey and Korea.

Dr. Bon grew up in California, North Carolina and Washington, D.C., and earned her Ph.D. in women’s history at Binghamton University in upstate New York. She has taught women’s history for over 30 years, at universities including Harvard University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the University of California at Berkeley, and has been a guest lecturer for the Library of Congress and the State Department. She is also an exam leader for the AP U.S. History exam, a consultant to Disney Animation, and a research associate for the Global Women’s Institute. Her popular sports class sold out every semester for 20 years at both Georgetown and GWU, enrolling student athletes from every sport at both schools, and in 2015 Georgetown sent her to its Doha campus in Qatar to speak at the global GOALS sports conference. Her research also includes the women’s music movement, LGBT rights, and how women and girls use journal writing for memoir and justice. Having started keeping a journal at age 12, she is on volume # 185; her rare taped interviews from the women’s music movement
are now being digitized by the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe.

When not on Semester at Sea, Dr. Bon lectures for Olivia Cruises, works on feminist archives for the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, writes a women’s history time travel mystery series (Sappho’s Bar and Grill) and walks on beaches collecting sea glass. Look her up at or check out her Library of Congress and C-Span lectures online!