Cruise Ship Speakers

Anthropology & Cultural Studies
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Marie Conte-Helm
Asian Studies and Art History
OBE
Coming from: Nr Hexham,  Northumberland  UK
Professor Conte-Helm holds higher degrees in the History of Art and in Asian Art. Following a senior academic career, she served as Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and as Director of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group. Marie has published widely in her field and has a particular interest in the meeting of East and West. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, her lecture titles include aspects of the Arts of Asia, Japanese Gardens, Chinese Landscape Painting and the Arts of Trade and Exploration.

Margaret Cox
Forensic Anthropologist & Medical Historian
BA, BA Hons, Phd, MIFA, FSA
Coming from: West Wellow,  Hampshire  UK
Professor Margaret Cox is an internationally experienced forensic anthropologist who has worked in such places as Iraq, Rwanda, Kosovo, Cyprus, Italy, Belgium and France. She retired from her role as Professor of Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at Cranfield University and now undertakes consultancy work for governments. She has authored several academic books, appeared in numerous TV and radio documentaries. Her very popular lectures deal with archaeology & anthropology and the history of disease.

Paul Dimond CMG
Diplomacy & International Affairs
Far East, Japan & West Coast US
Coming from: London,    UK
Paul has extensive experience in senior diplomatic roles in three Continents, with responsibility to meet FCO objectives across a range of issues, in business, economic, political, cultural, public diplomacy, immigration, consular and scientific fields. His most recent diplomatic assignment was HM Ambassador to the Philippines (2002-2005). He is currently a sought after director to a number of high profile public companies. Paul presents a diverse range of talks on the culture, politics and economics of Japan and SE Asia.

Glynda Easterbrook
Geology
BSc., ARSM, MA(Ed)
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Glynda is a geology graduate of Imperial College, London, an Associate of the Royal School of Mines and has an MA in Education. Starting her career as a mineralogist for the British Geological Survey, she then moved to the Science Faculty of the Open University where she taught and had responsibility for a wide range of Earth Science courses and Summer Schools. She has been an academic advisor to the BBC, the co-author of two books and is a Vice-President of the Oxford Geology Group. She is also President of the Huguenot Society and a Trustee of the Huguenot Museum in Rochester, UK.

Aldon Ferguson
Military Aviation Historian & Russia Expert
FRICS, MRAeS
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Aldon was brought up in the North West of England developing a strong interest in aviation. After a period in the RAF he graduated as a Chartered Surveyor. He specialised in commercial property in London and then set up the first property company in post-Communist Russia. Initially opening in Moscow and quickly expanding into St Petersburg and Kiev in Ukraine. Simultaneously, Aldon's love of all things aviation and related buildings led to him becoming one of the leading experts in RAF history.

Karl Fox
History, Travel, Current World Affairs & Cultures
Professor of History
Coming from: Dunnellon,  Florida  USA
Karl Fox is a retired History Professor from Canada. He taught History, Current World Affairs, Human Resources, and Business Communications in an Ontario College (Canada) for 27 years. Working at the College provided the opportunity to travel four months every year. He made the most of this by visiting/working in over 130 countries and visiting all seven continents several times. Karl has conducted trans-continental trips across Africa and Asia as well as leading numerous safaris in Africa. He is a frequent lecturer on cruise ships and his presentations on Maritime History are interesting, insightful, and humorous.

Michael Fuller
Destination and Enrichment Lecturer
PhD, Archaeologist
Coming from: St. Louis,  Missouri MO  USA
Professor Michael Fuller is an expert in the archaeological discoveries of both the Old World and New World. He has directed large excavation projects in Syria and the Republic of Macedonia, plus served as a staff member on digs in Greece, Egypt, Jordan, England and the USA. He received a PhD degree in Anthropology in 1986 and taught archaeology to thousands of students over a career of 40 years. Michael is an active field archaeologist, writer, lecturer and cruise ship speaker.

Patrick Goodness
Cultural Anthropology-Global Religion & Mythology
Coming from: Escazu,  San Jose  Costa Rica
Patrick Goodness is a globally recognized thought leader in the study of ancient cultural mythologies, and brings a profound knowledge of global cultures with an engaging approach to storytelling. Patrick has traveled and lectured in more than 110 countries around the world, studying and teaching global culture. Patrick lectures frequently at universities and global conferences and is a popular enrichment speaker among discerning cruise lines. His lectures are peppered with valuable research, thoughtful observations, powerful analogies and dry comedic wit that always bring smiles.

Dr Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE
Explorer
Coming from: Bodmin,  Cornwall  UK
Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE, is an explorer with a conscience. He has spent much of his life travelling in the world's rainforests and deserts and campaigning to protect both them and their people. One of the few remaining explorers who merits the name, he was recently named by the Spectator as the doyen of British explorers and, in 1982, by The Sunday Times as 'the greatest explorer in the last 20 years' and as one of the '1000 makers of the 20th century'. Robin's engaging presentation style ensures audiences leave feeling enchanted by his experiences yet educated about his life's work and how we can all do our bit.

Peter Hawthorne
Journalist
Coming from: Cape Town,    South Africa
Peter, a veteran journalist, foreign correspondent and author, was born in England but has been in Africa for most of his working career. His experience stretches into most countries of Africa over more than 40 years, during which he has been witness to many of the momentous events of Africa’s dramatic winds of change. He has been a correspondent for various international media organizations in press, radio and television, including the British Broadcasting Corporation, the New York Times and several British national newspapers. Peter presents a wide range of African topics.

Tiiu Lukk
Journalist & Naturalist
Art, History, Natural History & Culture
Coming from: Santa Monica,  California  USA
Tiiu has served as an enrichment lecturer and a naturalist for more than 23 years. She has visited 119 countries throughout the world and has served on 8 different cruise lines, as well as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on both land and sea. Her career has encompassed work as a journalist, a foreign correspondent in southern Africa for ABC News and the Washington Star, as a documentary filmmaker, and an author. Tiiu’s beautifully illustrated presentations focus on the history, culture, art, architecture, and natural history of destinations, so that passengers step ashore with more understanding and knowledge of their cruise destinations.

Patrick McCormack
Destination & Enrichment Speaker
The Caribbean and pre-columbian culture & history.
Coming from: Jacksonville,  Florida  USA
Patrick took his degrees in Sociology and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), emphasizing research, analysis and the development of personality. Having lived in Andaluz, España; Okinawa Prefecture, Nippon, and Sydney, Australia, he developed an interest the evolution of societies and thus, early humans. As a lecturer, he specializes on the peoples of the pre-Columbian Caribbean and Mesoamerican civilizations. On the post-Columbian side, Patrick’s list of subjects include: The Bermuda Triangle; Ancient Atlantis; and 3,000 years of pirates!

Dr Joyce Salisbury
History, Religious History & Art History
Coming from: Kissimmee,  Florida  USA
Dr.Joyce Salisbury, Professor Emerita from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, has a PhD in Medieval History from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an author of more than ten books and is also a lecturer for “Great Courses,” that produces educational DVDs. Her course “History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad” is a current best-seller. Salisbury was an award-winning teacher for over 25 years. She has done many radio shows and television interviews on her academic subjects, and since retiring in 2005, she has been teaching and lecturing on religion and medieval history while circumnavigating the globe.

Corey Sandler
Destination Lecturer & Special Interest Lecturer
Bestselling author, wire service correspondent, photographer
Coming from: Nantucket,  MA  USA
Corey Sandler has been a storyteller all his life. Beginning as a reporter for a small-town daily paper, he covered two national Presidential campaigns and become a correspondent for The Associated Press. He has written more than 200 books on history, sports, travel, computers, and business; several titles have become national bestsellers. He has appeared as a guest on NBC’s “Today” show, CNN, National Public Radio, and The Travel Channel. Sandler has worked with the world's leading luxury cruise lines for many years. His lectures blend a broad understanding of history and culture in an entertaining package of photos, music, and video.

Angela Schneider
Music, History & Culture
Destinations
Coming from: Vancouver,  British Columbia  Canada
Angela Schneider holds Masters degrees in Music and Medieval History from Aachen University and is currently a violist with the Vancouver Symphony. Since 1995, she has been involved in the popular, new field of culinary history, which studies the ways in which food has shaped social, cultural and political history. Angela is much in demand as a speaker thanks to presentations that are entertaining, informative and visually rich. She is a popular Destination and Enrichment speaker on cruise ships because she brings history alive by humanizing the subjects and examining what motivates the larger processes of historical change.

Chris Stringer
Archaeology, Human Evolution & Earth Sciences
Coming from: London,    UK
Professor Chris Stringer has worked at The Natural History Museum London since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe, but through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and he is currently co-directing the Pathways to Ancient Britain project, funded by the Calleva Foundation.

Charles W. Sullivan III
Scandinavian & British Mythology & Culture
Coming from: Roanoke,  VA  USA
Emeritus Professor of English, Dr. C.W. Sullivan III is retired from the English Department at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, USA. Among his honors there, he was named Distinguished Research Professor of Arts and Sciences at ECU, ECU Board of Trustees Distinguished Research Professor of English, and UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching. He is also a Full Member of the Welsh Academy for his contributions to the study of medieval Welsh Celtic myth and literature, a past president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and the former editor of the ejournal, Celtic Cultural Studies.

Richard Thomas
Political Historian & Africa Specialist
GeoPolitics/Imperial and Colonial History
Coming from: Farnham,  Surrey  UK
Richard was educated in England, Canada and Ireland obtaining his Masters in Development in 1971 and his PhD in Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin in 1975. He has worked in the field of International Development for most of his career. From 1991 to 2011 he was a senior adviser for the Overseas Development Administration (part of the Foreign Office) and its successor the Department for International Development. Since retirement he has undertaken several consultancies and has lectured to local U3A groups, Rotary, Nadfas and on several Cruise ships.

Dr Charles Urbanowicz
Anthropology
Polynesian Society
Coming from: Chico,  California  USA
Charlie Urbanowicz has traveled in the Pacific since 1970. In 1972, after research in the Kingdom of Tonga, he received the Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon and began his teaching career at the University of Minnesota. In 1973 Charlie joined the Anthropology faculty at California State University, Chico, and retired in 2009. Since 2004 Charlie has lectured on numerous cruises throughout Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. His presentations cover a variety of subjects on the peoples and cultures of the Pacific as well as World War II in the Pacific.

Alan Walker
Destination & Enrichment Lecturer
Historian. Travel Writer & Speaker. Regional Analyst
Coming from: Abergavenny,  Monmouthshire  UK
Alan is a Destination & Port Lecturer, Historian and Geographer and has undertaken extensive research and travel in the U.S.A. and Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Mediterranean World including Egypt, Israel, Turkey and the Black Sea, South Africa, large cities of South-East Asia, Australia and the frozen worlds of Iceland. He has lectured on world voyages for many of the major cruise lines, and offers a comprehensive and interesting range of lectures in History, Geography and Environmental Studies.