Library welcomes back popular travel lecturer

Library welcomes back popular travel lecturer
Expert lecturer and filmmaker Karin Muller of the National Geographic Society and Smithsonian will give a free multi-media presentation about her rare journeys at the Carlsbad City Library Jan. 14. Courtesy photo

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad City Library is kicking the new year off with a special, free multimedia performance by Karin Muller, expert lecturer for The National Geographic Society and Smithsonian. Her screening of “Adventure Travels with Karin Muller” will take place at the library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at 2 p.m. Jan. 14.

Muller was a special guest this past May, and was brought back due to popular demand.

“Karin is a powerful storyteller who channels her work into documentaries that she has produced for PBS, the Smithsonian and National Geographic,” said Jessica Padilla Bowen, community relations manager at the Carlsbad City Library. “She’s a brave filmmaker, author, photographer, and adventurer who learns the language of her travel destination and then spends months at a time living in a foreign country to better tell the story.”

Muller’s multimedia presentations enable her to take viewers on many rare journeys.

Among her long list of destinations, Bowen said Muller has hitchhiked solo in Vietnam, resided with geishas in Japan, and explored the ancient Inca Highway that runs through the Andes.

“Her experiences are so unique and her visuals are stunning from her film footage to photos,” she said. Bowen described Mullen as one of the most interesting and kind people she has ever met.

This year, “Adventure Travels with Karin Muller” will showcase both documentary film clips and photographs from her voyages in Peru, Ecuador, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Tanzania, Sudan and Cuba.

The afternoon presentation, which lasts about a couple of hours, is deemed family friendly. From middle school students to adults, Bowen said Muller’s stories and experiences inspire people of all ages. Film students and educators will also find the event appealing.

“Patrons will have a chance to meet Karin before or after the event,” she said.

Bowen wants people to know that this event is part of its regular program, Cinema Series of Carlsbad.

Every other month, on a Saturday, residents have the opportunity to soak up some culture, which may also include the viewing of foreign and independent films.

Muller offers guests a special treat with her presentations.

“Many of us will not have the opportunity to travel to the distant locations Karin has visited and even if we do, it’s unlikely we would stay for the length of time she spends, where she becomes embedded in the community,” she said.

Like before, Muller will engage people with a question-and-answer segment after the presentation. Muller’s DVDs and books will be available for purchase and she will be on hand for a personal signing.

Bowen said this event is free thanks to the generosity of their Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund. With that said, seating is limited so those who arrive early will have a better chance to secure a spot.

The Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium is located at 1775 Dove Lane in Carlsbad. Auditorium doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Bowen also invites everyone to stop by their new coffee kiosk, Cafecito, for some savories.

For more information, visit or call (760) 602-2011.


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