Vassar College Bookstore Author Series presents lecture by Emmy nominated filmmaker Denis Belliveau, February 16, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The Vassar College Bookstore Author Series will present a special program by Denis Belliveau, the Emmy nominated filmmaker of "In the Footsteps of Marco Polo," explorer, and author on February 16, 2011. The program will begin at 10:00am in the Villard Room on the second floor of of Vassar’s historic Main Building. While specially designed for students and teachers from area schools, this program is free and open to the public.

Smithsonian Magazine noted that "Denis Belliveau and fellow explorer Francis O’Donnell followed Marco Polo’s route through Afghanistan and 20 other countries, traveling 33,000 miles over two years, in jeeps, trains and rickshaws; on horse and camel. They are certainly the first to retrace Polo’s steps entirely by land and sea, all this without resorting to helicopters or airplanes.”

Belliveau's PBS documentary, "In the Footsteps of Marco Polo," was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009 in the category of Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. The film and accompanying book documented Belliveau and his co-explorer Francis O’Donnell journey as they retraced Marco Polo’s entire land-and-sea route from Venice to China and back. At that start of the journey, Belliveau was a wedding photographer, and O’Donnell, an artist and former Marine, and they spent over two years making their dream to retrace Marco Polo's steps a reality.

“We made it the 13th century in our heads,” said Belliveau on the film's website. “What was this like for Marco? How would it have been for him? We were going to try to make this whole journey like we were living in Marco Polo’s world.”

About the Speaker

Denis Belliveau’s photographic career has taken him to over 60 countries where he has amassed a wealth of mesmerizing images. His work has been published in numerous magazines, periodicals and books, including Photographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and most recently the B.B.C. documentary series “Planet Earth” which aired on the Discovery Channel. He is the recipient of the Gallery Award, Eastman Kodak’s highest honor for a professional photographer. Belliveau is director of photography and senior cameraman for the award winning P.B.S. television Series, “Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy" and lives in NYC with his wife Lisa and sons Jake and Cary James. He is currently working on his next documentary.

About the Vassar College Bookstore Author Series

The Vassar College Bookstore Author Series began in 2009 to highlight the richness of thought and accomplishment of both faculty and alumae/i authors at the bookstore. The series has expanded to include national authors, public intellectuals, and PBS documentary filmmakers. The Vassar College Bookstore also hosts a Writer’s Circle every third Thursday of the month at 1:00pm. In addition, the bookstore’s education outreach program welcomes the opportunity to work with local professionals, educators, book club members, service providers, or parents. To arrange an author event for a group or for additional information about the Writer’s Circle, please contact Sue Vinett, the bookstore's assistant manager, at (845) 437-5870 or

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, February 14, 2011