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.

Karin Bucannan
Art Enrichment Speaker & Craft Instructor
Art & Architecture, Sculptures, Urban Furniture, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Oliver Everett
Royal Librarian & Former Diplomat
Coming from: Great Dunmow,  Essex  UK
Mr Everett is Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. He was Librarian there from 1985 to 2002, wrote the official guidebook on Windsor Castle, taught a course on its history and advised on a television programme on it. Mr Everett was educated at Cambridge University and did post-graduate work at Tufts University, USA, and at the London School of Economics. He lectures widely in Britain and abroad, including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.

Lucy Hallman Russell
Cultural, General and Music History
Coming from: Aub,  Bavaria  Germany
Sharing her passion for cross-cultural insights is central to the presentations by Lucy Hallman Russell. She holds four diplomas in piano, music history and harpsichord, with further studies in Italian, art history, pre-history and archaeology. As a performer and scholar, she has long taught at the University of Music Würzburg. Since 2006 lecturer on European culture (with her husband Ray) for National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions, etc. Travels to 45 countries and fluency in several languages have given this charming, captivating speaker a special knowledge of all of Europe.

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.

Sharon Hudgins
History, Travel Destinations, Culture, Cuisines
Coming from: McKinney,  Texas  USA
An award-winning author, Sharon Hudgins has also been a university professor, public speaker, journalist, photographer, and filmmaker. A seasoned traveler with a sense of adventure, Sharon has lived in 10 countries on 3 continents and traveled in more than 50 countries across the globe. As a lecturer on historical, cultural, and culinary topics, she has worked on numerous international tours and cruise ships. Her lectures are highly illustrated with historical and contemporary images, and enlivened by stories of her own experiences in the countries featured on the cruise itinerary.

Giancarlo Impiglia
Art Historian
Coming from: Bridgehampton,  New York  USA
Born in Rome, Giancarlo Impiglia moved to New York in the 70s, where he established a signature style on the shoulders of Futurism and Cubism, his technical skill underpinning his eclecticism and allowing him to indulge in an appetite for complexity. Impiglia has never been limited to his signature style, but has consistently found new ways of expression to express his concern about contemporary culture. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries around the world and is part of prominent collections including that of The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Absolut Art Collection. He is a regular speaker on cruise ships.

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.

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.

Dr 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.

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.

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 famous artists, art history, cultural history, Australia, Scandinavia, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Celtic and Normandy. A leading portrait artist, landscape, still life, abstract painter, arts lecturer, workshop tutor and frequent cruise lecturer. 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 service in the Royal Navy and a long career in business, Justin studied the History of Art at Oxford University. He is Secretary of the Colloquium of Learned Societies at Oxford, and a private tutor in art history and classical civilization. He is an Accredited Lecturer for the Arts Society, advisor to museums and collectors, and has appeared as an expert speaker in documentaries. He is a published historian, and is editing a catalogue raisonné of maritime art. In his talks Justin introduces and interprets a rich variety of art and architecture from original research.

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.

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.

Ray Carson Russell
General and Cultural History, International Affairs
Coming from: Aub,  Bavaria  Germany
Ray Carson Russell studied history/international relations in Alabama, Munich and Rome, attaining a master’s degree from the Univ. of Southern California Europe. Later he taught for American universities in Europe and published articles on democracy and issues of conflict and peace, as well as on travel and general cultural. Since 2006 lecturer (with his wife Lucy) for several cruise lines, incl. Nat. Geographic/Lindblad. Travels in 45 countries have brought considerable experience which enriches his work not only as a lecturer, but also as translator and writer of fiction.

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.

Mike Seigel
Classical History
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Kingston upon Thames,  Greater London  UK
Mike Seigel earned his MA at Oxford, and has since spent his life in education. As well as teaching Latin and Greek and History, Mike has led numerous trips abroad and is as passionate about travel as about history. Mike loves sharing his passion with others, and in recent years has lectured on several luxury cruise lines. He has written academic text books as well as a children’s historical novel. He has wide experience of public speaking, not least from his eight years as a Headmaster, and was recently appointed Tipstaff and Town Crier for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

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.