Dean MacCannell is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Design and Geography at the University of California at Davis. His book, The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class has been continuously in print for 40 years and is published in 10 languages. He frames his research as contributing to an ethnography of modernity and considers understanding tourism to be key to the larger project. He maintains a busy publishing and speaking schedule in retirement with recent lectures or workshops in Paris, Berlin, San Sebastian, Vienna, Athens, New York, Stanford, and Berkeley. His most recent book is The Ethics of Sightseeing (2011) and he is currently writing about heritage, sightseeing, and the symbolic.