On the evening of April 16 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, WKU Librariesâ€™ Far Away Places Series featured Dr. Michael Trapasso from the Department of Geography and Geology at WKU. Trapasso provided a unique and fascinating look at retracing the â€œViking Voyages.â€ Many WKU faculty and students as well as local community members attended the lecture.
Since earning a PhD in climatology Michael has taught a variety of classes at WKU, served as Director of the College Heights Weather Station and hosted â€œUp in the Airâ€ Thursday mornings on WKYU-FM. Heâ€™s one of Westernâ€™s most traveled scholars having set foot on every continent and dipped his body in every ocean. His â€œViking Missionâ€™ began with a trip to Norway in 1999 where he began to research their ships and their voyages. He continued in 2003 with a visit to Iceland which was originally settled and populated by Vikings. In 2004 he returned for a second visit and traveled to Greenland. Late that summer, Trapasso visited Newfoundland where the Vikings established their first village on North American soil. Mission accomplished!