Prof. Tom Paradise

"The Lost Valley Of The Crescent Moon: 30 Years Of Research In Petra, Jordan"

Professor Paradise will be joining our Stanford AIA Chapter on Friday, April 29 at 7:00pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Tom Paradise is a geosciences professor and the former Director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas. He comes from a diverse background in the environmental sciences, architectural and historic/material preservation, Middle East, Mediterranean, and North Africa regional studies, and cartography/GIS. Having researched the unique architecture of Petra, Jordan since 1990, he has published more than sixty articles, reports, and chapters on Petra and continues to advise U.S. and foreign agencies on cultural heritage management and architectural deterioration, Mediterranean and Middle East architecture, and geographic visualization and cartography. Paradise has published more than 2000 maps for agencies, authors, publishers, TV networks, and corporations. Also, Paradise has been a script and graphics consultant to a number of documentary production companies including Nova (PBS), NatGeo, Discovery, and Smithsonian Channels. His award-winning PBS Nova special, PETRA: Lost City of Stone (2016), is one of PBS’ highest rated specials ever. He was the cartographer and author of the award-winning Atlas of Hawai‘i, and the popular Student Atlases of Hawai’i, and Arkansas: an Illustrated Atlas. In addition, he is a gemologist (GG, FGA) in the U.S. and U.K. Professor Paradise is a Fulbright Senior Scholar (Jordan: 1998-2000) and has taught abroad in Rome, Amman, Venice, and Tunis, as well as in the U.S. in Georgia, Hawai’i, Arizona, California, and Arkansas.

For more information on Professor Paradise, including a list of his publications:

Professor Paradise's University site, Fulbright College, University of Arkansas