Cruise Ship Speakers

Social History
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Bill Belew
History and Impact of Social Media and Social Networks
PhD, Professor of Social Media Marketing
Coming from: Sunnyvale,  California  USA
Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. After his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia. Bill speaks to audiences of all sizes and has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media and Internet marketing.

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.

Dr Patsy Erskine-Hill
Art History, Destinations & Social History
NADFAS Speaker; Prof of Italian literature; Masters Imperial Russia
Coming from: Charing,  Kent  UK
Patsy has lived in Spain, France and Italy, and holds degrees in French and Italian from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters in Economic and Social History from the University of Edinburgh, specialising in Imperial Russia. She has worked as a court interpreter and translator, taught Italian Renaissance and medieval literature and speaks fluent Italian, French and rusty Spanish as well as a little Russian. Her informative talks cover the history and art of Russia, Italy and England.

Karin Fernald
Actor & Social Historian of l8th & l9th Centuries
Specializing in Letters & Diaries
Coming from: London,    UK
Karin is an actor, writer and speaker, who researches and creates a vivid picture of a character and a historical period. She is a NADFAS speaker and is known for her entertaining lectures on writers and diarists from the late 18th and early mid 19th centuries, mostly connected with the arts. Extensive research into diaries and letters bring subjects to life. Lectures are illustrated by slides of contemporary pictures and portraits from a wide variety of sources.

Jean Fullerton
Social History & Creative Writing
MSc
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Jean was born and raised within the sound of Bow Bell’s in East London where her family have been for almost two hundred years. She has spent most of her working life as a nurse in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She started writing ten years ago and enjoys all eras of history but is fascinated by the 18th and 19th century and many of her books have been set in this period.

Dr Rie Natalenko
History and Literature
Coming from: East Corrimal,  NSW  Australia
Rie Natalenko has a doctorate in writing, specialising in Screen and History. She has a Masters degree in Education and an Honours degree in Literature. Much of her university and college teaching was in the areas of screenwriting, film-making and film studies. She has written and directed award-winning short films, has been commissioned to write historically-based scripts, and has written scripts for corporate and educational bodies. Rie enjoys creating as well as writing. She is an accomplished felter, knitter, crocheter, spinner and weaver.

Helen Pointer
Caricaturist & Artist
Coming from: Caterham,  Surrey  UK
As an artist Helen is quick to set her audience at ease and is marvellous at caricaturing. She provides an absorbing, effective and spontaneous style of presentation, using her art to exemplify her perceptive facilitation of group work. By pulling people out from the audience Helen guides you through personal impact and interpersonal skill areas whilst sketching humorous caricatures – it’s interactive, gripping and novel, and people come away understanding so much more about their choices. Helen’s starting points deals with the everyday issues that face us all.

Mike Rendell
Social Historian & Author
Eighteenth Century Social History
Coming from: Ashburton,  Devon  UK
After a thirty-year stint as a lawyer Mike retired to become a historian. He writes, blogs and gives talks on all aspects of life in the 18th Century. He is custodian of a treasure trove of old family papers – everything from shopping lists to recipes and household accounts, dating back to the early 1700s. His talks cover such questions as what did the Georgians eat and drink, what did they do for entertainment, and why etiquette was so important. He talks about everyday life in the England of Dr Johnson – and of Jane Austen.

Colin Shindler
Social History, Film, TV & Sport
M.A. Ph.D. (Cantab.)
Coming from: London,  -  UK
Colin Shindler has maintained an active interest in twentieth century American and British social and cultural history whilst pursuing a wide-ranging career as a writer and producer in television, radio and motion pictures, and as an author of books and journalism for forty years. He was awarded his Ph.D by Cambridge University and has been lecturing for the History Faculty there on film and history in the area of modern British and American social and cultural history since 1998. He has lectured on cruises both for Cunard and Swan Hellenic.

Danny Wells
Architecture & Garden History
Breathing Life into History
Coming from: Ashbourne,  Derbyshire  UK
Danny celebrates the history of Victorian and early 20th century Britain, an age of great dynamism, change and contrasts. He is a qualified history teacher and has an MA in Architectural History from Keele University. Born and bred in the East End of London, this has been the inspiration for much of his historical research and writing. Danny set up ‘Breathing Life into History’ in 2004 which now offers over 25 talks about “unlocking the past”, discovering, stimulating and creating a greater understanding of architecture, art, local history, literary heritage and social history.

William Whobrey
Historian
PhD Medieval and German Studies
Coming from: Monterey,  California  USA
With over 20 years experience in ocean and river cruise lecturing, Bill Whobrey has brought to cruise guests the same expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication that have served his students at Yale and Stanford universities. Having grown up in Germany, his early interest in history, language, and literature propelled him to a PhD in Medieval and German Studies from Stanford University. Bill spent 25 years teaching and lecturing on topics ranging from medieval epics, Icelandic sagas, Viking history, to medieval manuscripts and books. With his engaging speaking style, lively presentations, and insightful commentary, Bill has enriched the experience of many cruise guests over many years.