Cruise Ship Speakers

Architecture & its History
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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.

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.

Diane Fortenberry
Archaeologist & Ancient Art Historian
PhD, MCIfA
Coming from: London,    UK
Diane studied Classics at the University of Mississippi, and earned her PhD in Mediterranean archaeology from the University of Cincinnati before moving to London in 1990. She has excavated and surveyed in Greece and Italy at sites that include Pompeii, Corinth, Nemea and Pylos. Diane has lectured to diverse groups of non-specialists while living and working in Greece in the 1980s, speaking on Greek, Roman and Egyptian art, architecture and archaeology there and in Egypt, including both classroom-based lectures and escorted tours.

Ron Gatepain
Architectural Historian
TD, BSc, MPhil, MEd, FCIOB, FASI, MRICS, MCABE, MCMI, FIfL, PGCE
Coming from: Lincoln,  Lincolnshire  UK
Ron is an Architectural Historian, a Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Builder, Chartered Building Engineer and a Corporate Building Surveyor. Having obtained 3 degrees he has worked in Construction, Property and Training and has been a visiting lecturer for a number of universities and colleges. Ron has written a number of books and is a Publishing Partner with the Encyclopaedia Britannica and contributes on Historic Sites & Buildings. Ron has travelled extensively in pursuit of his interest in history, particularly with regard to buildings, their construction and the influence they have had on civilisation and regularly gives talks on this as a guest speaker on cruise ships worldwide.

Barbara Huelat
Enrichment Speaker
Interior Design, Architecture, Art, Healing Design
Coming from: Alexandria,  VA  USA
Barbara J. Huelat is one of the field’s preeminent experts and prominent speaker on healing design. Her life’s work has been to prove that design can impact human outcomes. Ms. Huelat, is a award wining designer and has created more than 300 healthcare projects. She speaks about the human side of design; environments that promote meaning, experiences, enrichment and healing. Her lectures focus on connections and meaning of design as experience in the built environment. Lectures are based on solid principles of beauty, nature which impact the human experience of discover joy, pleasure, healing and meaning of places.

Dan Jones
Historian & Archaeologist
Dip Arch, MA, PhD
Coming from: Suffolk,    UK
Dan holds a PhD from University of East Anglia and is currently working on post-doctoral mediaeval material from Norwich. He has been a Member of Kent Archaeological Society since 1965 and has assisted in excavations, mainly on Roman and Mediaeval sites in UK and France since 1965. Dan is particularly interested in practical archaeology, ecclesiastical architecture and near-eastern ancient and classical history and talks on specific sites, or the general history of an area.

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.

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.

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.

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.

John Sherlock
Architecture
MA (Oxon)
Coming from: Horsham,  West Sussex  UK
John is a seasoned cruise speaker on architecture and its history, having worked with Swan Hellenic, Cunard, Voyages of Discovery and P&O. John has the knack of making his talks fun, even though there's a lot of content! When working at Windsor Great Park, he was selected to make a presentation to HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle.

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.

Frank Weare
Architecture, World Heritage, Science & Technology
Coming from: London,    UK
Frank studied mechanical engineering in Bristol followed by a postgraduate diploma course at Imperial College London. During the last 30 he has lectured on architectural engineering, civil and structural engineering at the University of Westminster, being involved with architectural building design, construction and management. He has been involved with churches, cathedrals, both ancient and modern, industrial, commercial buildings and bridge structures. Since taking early retirement from the university he is now an independent consultant undertaking civil and structural engineering design work.

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.