University of Colorado at Boulder
Department of Anthropology
Hale Building
233 UCB
Boulder. Colorado 80309-0233
(303) 492-2547

On behalf of the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Asian Studies, I would like to thank you for your wonderful presentation of "Aama's Journey: A Pilgrimage Between Continents and Cultures" here at the University of Colorado. We are so delighted that you were able to come here to share Aama's story with CU students, faculty, and folks from the Boulder community. Of the numerous events that I have been involved with over the last year, your presentation is the one that people still rave about. You both touched people's hearts and got them thinking-a true achievement!...

Carole McGranahan
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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The California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park San Francisco, California 94118-4599
(415) 750-7063

"I was overwhelmed by the emotion of the show and, judging by the ovations, so was the whole audience. You masterfully tread the fine line between pathos and pitfall, humor and humility. As a storyteller you have developed your subject so expertly that the delicacy and poignancy are not only preserved, but amplified without any sense of the crass or exaggeration. Aama is the real thing, and your conveyance of her pure perceptions enthralled us and swept us away. Thank you for such a warm and rewarding experience!

Right after the show I phoned June Anderson, one of our Anthropologists, whom I'd seen in the audience. I wanted her reaction to your talk before it was stale. I had to leave a message and in return got this message:

'The lecture was MAGNIFICENT, what more can I say?! Not only is he a good speaker but his material is WONDERFUL.! Beautiful photography too. . . it is such a plus for the Academy to have a speaker like that, it is just wonderful.' You made me laugh and you made me cry!"

Joe Brennan
Director of Operations
California Academy of Sciences

The Associated ["Knife and Fork"] Clubs, Inc.
P.O. Box 4585
Topeka, Kansas 66604
(785) 271-0615

The purpose of this letter is to give my enthusiastic recommendation of Broughton Coburn as a professional speaker. I have been in the lecture business for forty years and "Brot" has one of the most unusual programs I have ever seen.

The illustrated program "Aama's Journey" has patriotism, humor, travel and stirring inspiration all wrapped up into one. I have had the pleasure of suggesting this program to 35 different groups in the last 6 years, and reports have been uniformly good.

Here are just a few of the comments I've received:

"Excellent presentation, beautiful photography, interesting subject - he was well received and enjoyed!"

"We loved his performance."

"The most moving, beautiful evening we have had."

"A heartwarming presentation - just super."

At least two of my groups have invited Mr. Coburn back for a repeat appearance in less than five years. This is unusual and a tribute to the fact that he has something to say and knows how to say it. I believe any group that schedules Broughton Coburn to speak on "Aama's Journey" is in for a treat.

Ben B. Franklin
Associated Clubs

The Vanderbilt Museum
P.O. Box 0605
Centerport, NY 11721-0605
(516) 854-5555

"Your presentation of "Aama's Journey" here at the Vanderbilt was a wonderfully moving experience. Your personal experiences with Aama and her perspectives on America were truly thought provoking.

The audience was clearly captivated and sincerely interested. I cannot recall a presentation that elicited so many questions (I was beginning to wonder if they would ever let you go.) And, judging by the brisk trade at the book counter afterwards, I suspect that you have gained quite a few readers.

We enjoyed your company and enjoyed showing you the Museum. (If only we could have gotten Aama's reaction to the Vanderbilt....)

I hope that the rest of your tour went as well, and that you will be back to visit us in the future. Please keep us informed about future books or projects."

Ted Ferrand
Director of Research, Interpretation
and Public Programming
The Vanderbilt Museum

The Sunset Club
1021 University Street Seattle,
Washington 98101
(206) 624-2545

Your audience was rapt, and you touched something deep that left us all thoughtful on the way home - and hopefully for a long time.

Sunset Club members are generous, as a rule, with compliments; but their praise for you and Didi, your courage, compassion, sense of adventure and caring was all in superlatives. I, of course, lapped it up and bathed in reflected glory. It's nice to have worked on a success - nay, a hit!"

Thank you very much for the program on Tuesday, and best wishes to you and Didi and Phoebe from all who were at the Sunset Club that night.

Shirley Cross, Chairman
Evening Programs

Teton Pines
3450 North Clubhouse Drive
Jackson, Wyoming 83002
(800) 238-2223

"Thank you again for such a wonderful evening. I think many wished they could have met Aama in person, after such an endearing introduction by you. Your program was inspiring, educational, entertaining, unusual, and a perspective on life in our country that we all need to see. After the events of last year, the timing of your topic could not have been better."

Jeff Heilburn
General Manager

The Asia Society
Los Angeles, California
(213) 624-0945

"The slide presentation and discussion of your journey was wonderful. The audience seemed mesmerized by the presentation and the wonderful question and answer period."

Suzanne Chuberka
Program Coordinator

Teton Science School
P.O. Box 68
Kelly, Wyoming 83011
(307) 733-4765

"Your program precipitated the most conversation of any of the Winter Speakers Series talks. Reactions were so varied - 'It was the best one!' to 'I cried through the whole thing.' The staff dining room was buzzing with conversation about the program the morning after. Your program was narratively and visually fascinating. Thanks for a very provocative and entertaining evening...."

Diane Carillo
Speakers Series Coordinator

Denver Museum of Natural History
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80205-5798
(303) 370-6387

"Many wonderful thanks to you for such a touching, humorous and refreshing look at life - through the eyes of "spirited Aama." You most certainly won over our sellout audience and Jane, a long time volunteer, felt it was the best lecture she has seen - a true compliment...."

Katie Flippen

Nichols College
Dudley, Massachusetts

Simply amazing! The written word cannot express how delighted we were with the presentation delivered this week by Broughton Coburn. Please accept this small expression of gratitude for suggesting Brot for participation in the Nichols College Cultural Enrichment Program.

Brot is an amazing human being, full of genuine warmth and compassion. His journey with Aama was literally brought to life before our eyes. Given the nature of our program, our lecture audiences are quite diverse ranging from undergraduate business students, to faculty and staff and elderly community residents. Brot crossed all boundaries and had everyone mesmerized with his unique presentation blending words and images in the fashion of a master storyteller. It felt as if we were all gathered around a campfire, hanging on every word. It felt like we could actually hear the conversations between Brot, Aama and Didi.

If nothing else, our students left the lecture hall with a renewed optimism for life and a realization that much can be gained from the simple yet profound wisdom offered by people like Brot and Aama.

Again, let me express my thanks to Ellie and The Lecture Bureau for making this event happen. Your insight regarding the goals of Fischer Institute programs, keen understanding of our unique requirements, attention to detail and personal care are unmatched.

Len Harmon, Director
Robert C. Fischer Policy & Cultural Institute
Nichols College
Dudley, Massachusetts
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