Cruise Ship Speakers

Art & Cultural History
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Patricia Andrew
Art & Cultural History
AMA, FSA, FSAScot, FRSA (NADFAS)
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Scotland  UK
Patricia has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in cultural services. After teaching English in Italy, she became a curator and manager of museums and galleries, responsible for collections and services ranging from art to archaeology, military history to geology. She holds degrees in English literature and art history, and has published widely. She now works freelance as a lecturer, writer and consultant, her specialisms being art and culture, social and garden history, from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

Caroline Boggis-Rolfe
Cultural History
PhD
Coming from: Haywards Heath,  West Sussex  UK
Caroline took a BA Hons in Italian at London University, and a MA in French and the Theory of Literature. She followed this at UCL with a PhD on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century. For some years she lived abroad, in Berlin and Italy, and much of her career was spent teaching at school and university. She has been lecturing regularly since 2009 on cruise ships and for charity events, offering a variety of subjects ranging from the Romanovs and Russian and Scandinavian history, the Portuguese royal family and the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, to the events that shaped the Caribbean.

Armida Bordi
Destinations & Enrichment Lecturer
Coming from: Genoa,    Italy
Dr Armida Bordi, a former professor of literature and the history of civilisations, lives in Genoa, Italy. After gaining 2 degrees from Genoa University she was the recipient of several British Council grants to British universities and a three time Fulbright scholar to the US. She is now teaching lifelong learning programs offering adult learners courses combining history and art with foreign languages. As a long-time lecturer for many cruise lines, Armida has travelled extensively in different continents. She likes exploring new places and she can communicate in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Greek and Portuguese.

Karin Bucannan
Art Enrichment Speaker & Craft Instructor
Architecture, Sculptures, Urban art, Textiles.
Coming from: East Malling,  Kent  UK
Karin is a Guest Speaker and free-lance artist specialising in embroidery and ceramic sculpture. She taught Art, Fashion & Textiles up to A‘level for 30 years. During her teaching career she organised and led art trips to European cities for as many as 40 students and staff, and has since travelled to many destinations worldwide photographing a host of urban sculptures, historic and contemporary architecture, cultural textiles and street furniture like decorative fountains for her presentations and talks.

Tracey Cattana
Art Instructor & Lecturer
Bachelor Education, Diploma of Aboriginal Arts, Artist 30 Year’s
Coming from: Tamworth,  NSW  Australia
Tracey Cattana is an educator (Wollongong University, Australia) and an Artist with many exhibitions under her belt. She has spent many years travelling overseas visiting every art gallery imaginable big and small. Her favourite artists span from Australian Indigenous Art and Brett Whitely to the genius she has a soft spot for the once misunderstood and beautiful Vincent Van Gogh. Come with her as she shares the eclectic, sometimes sad and sometimes funny lives behind the artwork of much loved artists that will touch your heart not just for their amazing works but their creative minds and enviably interesting stories.

Marie Conte-Helm
East 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. From 2000 to 2011 she served as Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, the largest UK charity. She has published widely on the economic and cultural relationship between Japan and Britain. Marie, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has lecture titles including aspects of the Arts of Asia, Buddhism, Zen & Japanese Gardens.

Dr. Mary Jane Cryan
European History, Culture & Art
Italy specialist
Coming from: Vetralla,  VT  Italy
American-Irish writer and historian Mary Jane Cryan has been living in Italy since 1965. An international educator, researcher and writer, she has also been an official Vatican guide, Site Director and lecturer for Elderhostel and the creator of start-ups for numerous American universities, high schools, writers’ and artists’ workshops. She continues to put her experience to good use acting as consultant for tourism and educational endeavours and as enrichment lecturer aboard luxury cruise ships plying the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Black Seas.

Lawrence Dunn
Art Historian
BA, NDD, ADC
Coming from: Felsted,  Essex  UK
Lawrence is an artist and retired art teacher who was born in Sunderland and was educated at St. Aiden's Grammar School. At the age of 16 he enrolled at the local Art College, and graduated in Fine Art four years later, also gaining a B.A. in History of Art in 1985. His first teaching post was in a secondary school in Sunderland, and he has taught for over 40 years in both the state and private sectors, being Head of Art and Design in three schools. Lawrence retired from adult teaching in 2005 but continues to teach painting and art history to both enthusiastic beginners and experienced amateurs.

Hugh Ellwood
Architectural Historian & Artist
Coming from: Lytham St. Annes,  Lancashire  UK
Hugh has devoted his life to architecture and the arts. He studied philosophy in Rome, followed by a degree in architecture at the university of Manchester. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. For 31 years he pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK, and then 21 years as a partner in a practice. An accomplished architectural artist, his subjects are mainly buildings, the landscape and the relationship between the two.

Lucy Hallman Russell
Cultural, General and Music History
Coming from: Aub,  Bavaria  Germany
Sharing her passion for cross-cultural insights is a main feature of the presentations by Lucy Hallman Russell. Born in Alabama, she attained diplomas in piano, music history and harpsichord, with additional studies in Italian, art history, pre-history and archaeology. She has enjoyed a long career as associate professor of music and music history at the Wuerzburg Conservatory and the University of Music Wuerzburg. As a harpsichordist she has performed and taught masterclasses throughout Europe, in the USA, China and Russia. Lucy loves speaking to interested listeners about her familiarity with all things cultural to help them better enjoy their own individual travel experiences.

Joe Harland
Historian & Art Historian
BA, MRAeS
Coming from: Guildford,  Surrey  UK
Joe joined the RAF on leaving school and served 12 years during which time he was stationed in Malta and in Singapore, travelling widely in the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Middle and Far East. On leaving the RAF, Joe was employed on military aircraft projects for the MoD. He has always had an interest in History and the Arts and took every opportunity in his travels to visit galleries, museums and sites of historical interest. Joe has been a regular lecturer on cruise ships where his objective is always to be entertaining and informative rather that academic.

Brian Healey
Art Historian and Instructor & Destination Speaker
BA, Diploma in History of Art
Coming from: Blackburn,  Lancashire  UK
Brian Is a graduate in French and German from the University of Keele and also holds diplomas in History of Art from the University of Vienna, and Interior Design from Blackburn University College. Parallel to his career a senior languages teacher at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Blackburn, Brian has enjoyed much success as a professional artist since his early teens, having inherited the genes from his father. He has been working on cruise ships regularly since 2005, both as art tutor and Art Historian lecturer.

Felicity Herring
Art History
BA MA / Fine Art and History
Coming from: Sturminster Newton,  Dorset  UK
Felicity Herring has a BA in history and economics and an MA in Fine Art Valuation. Her Master’s thesis was based on paintings of Nelson’s battles. Since gaining her Masters she has continued her studies into the life of Nelson. She is a member of the Nelson Society and the 1805 Club. Felicity began lecturing on the life of Admiral Lord Nelson in 2004 and did her first cruise the following year. She became a lecturer for NADFAS (now renamed the Arts Society) in 2007 for which she has ten talks.

Caroline Holmes
Garden Historian
Coming from: Bury St Edmunds,  Suffolk  UK
Caroline Holmes is a garden historian of ancient, modern and contemporary places, people and plants who sifts humour from humus worldwide. She is also an international lecturer in the warmth and comfort of halls and houses as well as leading groups through inspiring sites and gardens. Not forgetting author, broadcaster and consultant designer … in all I delve into the myriad ways people and plants have historically shaped landscapes and what we can learn from them.

Chris Jones
Art Appreciation / Art History
Coming from: Haslington,  Cheshire  UK
Chris is an engaging speaker with a passion for Art and an eagerness to share his understanding with others. He has delivered his talks on Art History and Art Appreciation at Art workshops and on cruise ships. The aim of his talks is not only to provide some plain English explanations of the terminology used in the Art world, but also to help people to look at a painting rather than just see it. One small step in making Art Appreciation accessible to all.

Viv Lawes
Enrichment Speaker - Art History
MA Fine and Decorative Art (Sotheby's Institute); BA (Hons)
Coming from: Tonbridge,  Kent  UK
Viv Lawes is a lecturer, curator, author and journalist, with 25 years’ experience in the art world. She works at several prestigious Higher Education institutions in London, including Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the City & Guilds of London Art School and the University of the Arts. As Senior UK Consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia since 2011, she has co-curated many exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London and Singapore. Her current project is a book about equine sculpture for the Sladmore Gallery, London.

Professor John Lobell
Art, Architecture & Design
Coming from: New York,    USA
John Lobell has a widely ranging mind addressing the future, technology, art, architecture, myths and movies, culture, and creativity. He received degrees in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and is a professor of architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He has lectured at leading cultural institutions and on cruise ships throughout the world. Lobell is an informative but casual speaker who comfortably interacts with his audiences and encourages questions and discussion. He enjoys making complex issues, such as our latest technologies, clear.

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.

Stella Grace Lyons
Art History
BA (hons) in History of Art, MA in History of Art
Coming from: Cardiff,  Wales  UK
Stella Grace Lyons is a freelance Art History lecturer and speaker accredited with The Arts Society (previously NADFAS). Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. Stella runs her own Art History courses and she also regularly lectures to large groups for various art societies, NADFAS, WEA, the National Trust and on cruise ships.

Caroline Malloy
Historian
PhD
Coming from: Chicago,  IL  USA
Dr. Caroline Malloy is a freelance educator and scholar based in Chicago, IL. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught Humanities and History at both Villanova University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Other academic ventures have included working on an archaeological dig in Italy and reviving the Latin language at an independent Academy in Philadelphia. Dr. Malloy has been invited to deliver lectures on Empires, Nationalisms, and Heritage Projects throughout the US and Europe to both professional and public audiences. She is a specialist in both the British Empire and Ancient Rome.

Nicholas Merchant
Art Historian
NADFAS Lecturer on the Decorative and Fine Arts
Coming from: Harrogate,  North Yorkshire  UK
Nicholas’s career has mirrored his abiding interest in antiques. He has worked for some of the major auction houses in London and in the provinces as well as running his own successful reference book business, devoted to the Decorative and Fine Arts, with which he exhibited in Europe and America. His particular interest is English 18th century furniture and country houses. However, his interests are broad and he likes to discuss the art and artefacts in their historical context.

Jonathan Migliori
Archaeology & Ancient/Medieval History
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Providence,  RI  USA
Jonathan Migliori is a British-American archaeologist and educator from Rhode Island. He concentrated in Archaeology, Medieval Cultures, and Classics at Brown University. He holds an MA in Archaeology from the University of Durham, where he wrote his dissertation on rural settlement and the Euphrates frontier in Roman Syria and is also a member of the Senior Common Room of University College. He also studied in Rome and has participated in archaeological excavations in Rhode Island and Ostia Antica. Currently he teaches history at La Salle Academy in Providence, RI, and teaches art history in the Rhode Island School of Design’s Continuing Education program.

Sandra Millikin
Architectural & Art History
BA (Hons), Mphil (Art History)
Coming from: Uffington,  Oxon  UK
Sandra Millikin is an American who has lived in England for over 40 years. She was educated at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA and at the Courtauld Institute in London where she studied under the famous English architectural historian Sir John Summerson. She was assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings collection, where she contributed to the catalogue of the collection which is now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Sandra has given talks on architectural history world wide on cruise ships and particularly enjoys days at sea as she is also a keen bridge player. She has also acted as Bridge Director on cruises.

Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik
Art Historian
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Pitlessie,  Scotland  UK
Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik is an Art Historian at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She works on modern and contemporary art and history, especially related to women and minorities. She holds a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. Her BA is from the University of Oslo, Norway - where she is from. Her MA and PhD were awarded by the University of Manchester, UK.

Paul Nutley
Art & Cultural Historian
BA, MSc, PhD
Coming from: Wincanton,  Somerset  UK
Dr Nutley is an accomplished cruise lecturer, and brings a wide knowledge of global history to the cruise destination and regions in which he delivers his lectures. His approach is to focus on the specific ports of call and their history; their strategic significance for the wider world; the influences these locations are likely to have had on Britain and the lives of the passengers to whom he presents. Paul offers a range of talks on History and culture; Spies, espionage and intelligence; and Creative writing.

Dr Jennifer Olson Rudenko
Art Historian
Coming from: Lakebay,  Washington State  USA
Jennifer earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in Art History from Portland State University. Her areas of specialization are Spanish Baroque Art, Italian Renaissance Art, and Nineteenth-Century European Art. Jennifer has many years of experience working in museums and galleries, and teaching in colleges and universities. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and has traveled to Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Spain. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of art history and making her lectures entertaining for the audience.

Helen Playford
Art History, Famous Artists & Cultural History
MA Arts Curtin University West Australia
Coming from: New Milton,  Hampshire  UK
Helen Playford's expertise is in Fine Arts, famous artists, art history, cultural history, understanding contemporary arts, art changing lives, etc. A leading portrait artist, landscape, still life, abstract painter, arts lecturer, workshop tutor and frequent cruise lecturer. Previous business interests including working in the Mining and Oil exploration. Helen's talks are created for Cruise Industry passengers. Short, interesting, amusing, and educational. The lectures provide A fascinating insight into the historical times and lives of the artists whose famous works contribute and change our perceptions.

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.

Justin Reay
Art & Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
After officer training in the Royal Navy and a long career in business, Justin studied the History of Art at Oxford University. He is Lectures Secretary for the Colloquium of Learned Societies at Oxford, and a tutor in art history. He is an advisor to museums and media companies, appearing in the PSB film ‘Anthem’. He is editor of Samuel Pepys’ papers at the Bodleian Library, has written about the Admiralty buildings in London and is editing a catalogue raisonné of maritime art. In his talks Justin introduces and interprets a rich variety of art and sheds new light on naval history.

Nicholas Reed
Classical & Art History
BA (Oxon), MA (Manc) MPhil (St.A.)
Coming from: Folkestone,  Kent  UK
Nicholas took his first degree at Oxford in Greats (Latin, Greek, Ancient History and Philosophy). He was President of Oxford University Archaeological Society in 1969. From 1970 to 1986 he had 15 articles published in learned journals on subjects in Roman History and Archaeology, including articles on the Romans in Germany and on the Greek Islands. In the 1980s he moved into the field of art history, on which he is the author of some six books, mainly on the French Impressionists. He has been a lecturer for NADFAS, the fine arts organisation, since 1991.

Commander Jeff Roberts
Enrichment & Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Gosport,  Hampshire  UK
Jeff graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology and Geography from the University of Wales before being commisioned into the Royal Navy. He then gained added qualifications in Meteorology and Oceanography and during his career was promoted to Commander. Following his service he joined a Building Society as Head of Training and Development and then as as a Freelance Presenter and Consultant. Jeff is an experienced destination lecturer and he also has talks on global warming and military history.

Dave Roberts
Anthropologist & Historian
Central & South American History
Coming from: La Mesa,  California  USA
Dr. Dave Roberts holds a BA in anthropology/cognitive science from Southern Illinois University and a doctorate from United States International University. He worked in the field of applied anthropology for over 35 years, and his area of expertise included Central and South America. Since retirement in 2010, Dr. Roberts has worked as a docent, photographer, and curator at several museums in the San Diego area designing new exhibits, giving tours of the museum, and functioning as the museum’s event and curatorial photographer. He regularly speaks on cruise ship, on various topics including anthropology, and local and global historical events.

Dr. Emma Roberts
History of Art, Design and Architecture
Ph.D.; BA (Hons)
Coming from: Chester,  Cheshire  UK
Born and raised in Wales, UK, Emma Roberts earned a BA (Hons) and a PhD at the University of Liverpool, England. Emma now heads the BA (Hons) History of Art course at Liverpool John Moores University, U.K., and lectures daily to students on all aspects of art and design. She also speaks regularly to other organizations and was, for several years, a regular visiting lecturer to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Emma is a frequent cruiser in her spare time.

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.

Dr James and Cynthia Daddona- Stathis
Modern & Ancient Greece
Coming from: Prescott,  Arizona  USA
James is founder of CelebrateGreece.com, which produces, archives and offers documentary TV journeys exploring modern and ancient Greece and whose mission is providing original Greek-themed TV documentaries produced by CelebrateGreece.com while representing aligned filmmakers. James speaks on Ancient Greece: history, art, culture, archaeology and architecture. Cynthia is an author, Actress, Lifestyle Journalist, Life Coach, TV Host and Celebrity TV-interviewer and presents mainly on Greek/Italian food & Culture; Well Being, health, and, Spirituality.

William Sterling
Cultural History
MA, PhD, Cert Ed
Coming from: Eltham,  London  UK
William took early retirement from the Civil Service in 2008 with a generous redundancy package. He was educated at Colfe’s Grammar School, Lee and Keele University. His BA in 1980 was in History and Geography. He specialised in Mediaeval History (Anglo-Saxons and Hundred Years War) winning the Wedgwood Prize for an essay on King Athelstan. He has a wide range of talks on Composers, Music of the Sea, Vikings & Anglo Saxons and Classical History.

Neil Taylor
Travel Writer
Coming from: London,  -  UK
Neil studied the then communist world at university in the late 1960s. Since then he has worked in the travel business and had started to visit both parts of Germany from 1961, the year the Berlin Wall was built and also the time when Germany had largely recovered from WWII. He has visited Germany at least once a year since then, and often several times. His interests there stretch across the centuries from medieval painting through 19th century literature to the current political situation. Neil has led tours to China and Albania. He is the author of the Bradt Travel Guides to the Baltic Cities.

John Turkington
Art & Cultural Historian
Vikings / Art history and philosophy
Coming from: Blackburn,  Lancashire  UK
John is now retired but spent the whole of his working life in education, ending his career as a headteacher with an added role as an Information Technology adviser. He has a degree in philosophy, an MA in research and various teaching diplomas. John has a wide, eclectic mix of interests including theatre, music, and painting in watercolours combined with extensive reading. He has an extensive series of talks on Vikings as well as art history and philosophy.

Dr. Lori Verderame
Art & Antiques Appraiser, TV Personality
World Historian & Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Trumbauersville,  Pennsylvania  USA
A lively, educated, and entertaining speaker, Dr. Lori Verderame is an award winning TV personality, world history and art/architectural history expert, and highly sought-after keynote speaker on land and at sea. A Connecticut native and longtime resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Dr. Lori earned her Ph.D. in World Art and Architectural History from Pennsylvania State University, PA where she also served on the university’s faculty. She is an author of many books, syndicated columnist, and travel blogger. Dr. Lori provides insider tips about world travel, fine art and antiques history, and must-see landmarks the world over on her social media channels and YouTube channel.

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.