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EXPERTISE
Diplomacy & International Affairs
History - General
Politics & Current Affairs
Travel & Destinations
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BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Ed Lynch is Chair of Political Science at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. He is a recognized expert on foreign affairs, international relations and diplomacy, especially that of the Mediterranean world. He has sailed with several cruise lines as an expert speaker, traveling to South America, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Lynch has travelled to over 60 countries altogether.

He is a frequent commentator on political affairs for television, radio and newspapers. He has published multiple travel articles. His travel adventures include visiting 20 countries in one year, experiencing a minor earthquake in Guatemala, and nearly getting killed in Ecuador, protecting a fellow traveller.


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CRUISE LECTURE TOPICS
THE AMAZON AND ENVIRONS
1. The Real Christopher Columbus
2. French Guiana and France Look to the Future
3. How Brazil Became Portuguese
4. The City of Brasilia and the Conquest of the Amazon
5. Preserving the Amazon, a Global Task
6. Brazil Finds its Place in the World
7. Small Islands, Big Dreams
8. Venezuela Struggles Toward an Uncertain Fate

THE CARIBBEAN
9. Small Islands, Big Dreams
10. Christopher Columbus: the Man and the Myths
11. The Real Pirates of the Caribbean
12. The Hinge of History: When the Caribbean Changed Destinies
13. Colombia: Back From the Brink

NORTHERN EUROPE
14. The First “Repositioning Cruise”: Leif Erikson Comes to America
15. Norway in the 21st Century
16. Denmark Makes its Way in a World of Giants
17. Sweden and Finland: Distant Neighbors
18. When the Berlin Wall Came Down
19. Russia After Communism
20. Estonia: A Baltic Success Story
21. The Nobel Prize: Origins, Heroes and Controversies

BRITISH ISLES
22. Between Britain and France: The Channel Islands
23. Ireland Since the “Troubles”
24. Famous Irishmen
25. Scotland: Land of Inventors
26. France in the New Europe
27. The Netherlands “Punches Above its Weight.”

MEDITERRANEAN & NORTH AFRICA
28. Venice and Its Empire
29. Independence for Croatia
30. Dante’s World
31. Montenegro Makes its Way in a World of Giants
32. Italy Becomes a Nation
33. Greece Faces an Uncertain Future
34. In the Footsteps of St. Paul
35. Turkey in Between Worlds
36. The Real Knights of Malta
37. Spain’s Road Back to Democracy
38. Tunisia Since the Arab Spring
39. Algeria: Back from the Brink

SOUTHEAST ASIA & SOUTH PACIFIC
40. Vietnam Before the French
41. Vietnam Since the Americans
42. The Asian Tigers: Rising Economic Powers
43. Hong Kong Faces the Future
44. Singapore: A Small Nation with Big Dreams
45. Malaysia: An Old Country with a Young Face
46. The Philippines’ Return to Democracy

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
47. The Settlement of Australia
48. Rich and Unattached: Australia in the 21st Century
49. New Zealand and Multiculturalism
50. New Zealand and the Pacific Rim
51. Tales from Down Under: Anecdotes from Australia and New Zealand
52. Dealing with an Assertive China

MIDDLE EAST
53. Oil and the Future
54. The British Legacy in the Middle East
55. Iran and the Gulf States: Distant Neighbors
56. Oman: The Land Between

INDIA
57. Vasco da Gama: Explorer of India
58. Indira Gandhi: Leader of Her People
59. Rising India
60. Sri Lanka in the Shadow of Giants
61. Thailand: Getting to Know You

ALL-PURPOSE
62. Rules of the Road Where There Are No Roads: International Law of the Sea
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
January 2018. Barcelona to Rome (Lectures on destinations and maritime topics) aboard the Viking Star
January 2018. Rome to Barcelona (Lectures on Mediterranean nations) aboard the Viking Star
August 2017. Stockholm to Copenhagen (Lectures on the Baltic Sea nations) aboard the Silver Cloud
July 2017. Bayonne to Bayonne (Lectures on New England the Maritimes) aboard the Celebrity Summit
June 2017. Bayonne to Bayonne (Lectures on Bermuda) aboard the Celebrity Summit
May 2017. Papeete to Honolulu (Lectures on Polynesia and Hawaii) aboard the Oceania Sirena
May 2017. Papeete to Papeete (Lectures on French Polynesia) aboard the Oceania Sirena
January 2017. Abu Dhabi to Singapore (Lectures on the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia) aboard the Celebrity Constellation
December 2016. Mombasa to Cape Town (Lectures on Africa) aboard the Silver Cloud
June 2016. Venice to Venice (Lectures on Italy and Dalmatian Coast) aboard the Celebrity Constellation
January 2016. Singapore to Singapore (Lectures on Southeast Asia) aboard the Celebrity Millennium
June 2015. Amsterdam to Amsterdam (Lectures on the British Isles) aboard the Celebrity Silhouette
August 2014. Barcelona to Barcelona (Lectures on the Mediterranean) aboard the Celebrity Equinox
June 2014. Portsmouth to Amsterdam (Lectures on Scandinavia) aboard the Celebrity Eclipse
July 2013. Venice to Rome (Lectures on Italy and the Dalmatian Coast) aboard the Celebrity Silhouette
July 2012. Amsterdam to Amsterdam (Lectures on Scandinavia) aboard the Celebrity Constellation
June 2012. Amsterdam to Amsterdam (Lectures on Norway and the Nobel Prizes) aboard the Celebrity Constellation
March 2012. Miami to Miami (Lectures on the Caribbean) aboard the Celebrity Constellation
January 2012. Sydney to Auckland (Lectures on Australia and New Zealand) aboard the Celebrity Century
March 2011. Baltimore to Baltimore (Lectures on the Caribbean) aboard the Celebrity Mercury
March 2010. Miami to Miami (Lectures on the Caribbean) aboard the Emerald Princess
January 2005. Buenos Aires to Valparaiso (Lectures on South America) aboard the Norwegian Crown
January 2002. Buenos Aires to Valparaiso (Lectures on South America) aboard the Marco Polo
March 2001. Valparaiso to Panama (Lectures on South America) aboard the Marco Polo
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Star ST180111 Iconic Western Mediterranean 7 Barcelona Thursday, January 11, 2018
Viking Star ST180104 Southern Mediterranean Discovery 7 Civitavecchia (for Rome) Thursday, January 4, 2018