Libya: Ancient Crossroads, Modern Conundrum

Libya is more than a sea of sand atop an ocean of oil. It has been — and remains — a cultural crossroads boasting five World Heritage sites. Phoenician, Greek, and Roman ruins dot the coast; Berber fortifications and caravan stops line the desert; and 10,000-year-old Saharan rock art depicts milder and wetter climates. Since 2004 a limited number of Americans have been allowed to visit this once so-called pariah state. Dr. Douglas Butler was among the first. Accompanied by a military representative “for protection,” he nevertheless ranged widely and was allowed to photograph at will. Award-winning images complement his program which offers a rare look at the cultures and peoples of Libya, the country’s modern development, and a nation of disparate tribes and religious factions held together by a cunning dictator.

Lectern, microphone for large room, carousel slide projector with remote control, screen