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For travellers who value learning and personal growth, Silversea offers the Silver Perspectives® Enrichment Programme on longer itineraries with multiple days at sea. In an intimate setting, guests can attend fascinating lectures presented by distinguished guest hosts. These experts include authors, journalists, naturalists, diplomats, professors and other specialists whose lecture topics range from politics to the environment, from tribal customs to ancient history. Lectures generally conclude with a stimulating question and answer session.

Martin Aronson, Civil Trial Lawyer, Lecturer

Martin Aronson is a litigator in Boston with vast experience as a civil trial lawyer, having tried countless cases before juries in Massachusetts.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School.  He was  managing partner of a Boston firm, White, Inker, Aronson, PC, until 2001.

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Patrick Allitt, Ph. D., Historian

Patrick Allitt is a graduate of Oxford (1977) who studied American history at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. 1986) and has been a professor at Emory University in Atlanta since 1988

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James Baer, Historian, Caribbean, Latin American Expert

James Baer, author of numerous journal articles on Latin American history, co-editor of Cities of Hope, and the forthcoming Anarchist Immigrants in Spain and Argentina, is professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia. 

 

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Emile Baladi, Destination Expert

Mr. Baladi is a multicultural person who has lived in different countries and studied many cultures. He has acted as guest speaker and port lecturer in many areas of the world including South America, North America, Asia, the South Pacific, Africa, Europe and Scandinavia. 

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Rodney Baldwin, Historian, Major NZ Army (Retired)

Major Rodney Baldwin served in the New Zealand Army for 15 years, resigning in 1978 to pursue a career in business.  He was an artillery officer in South Viet Nam, serving with three Australian Artillery Regiments, and as a forward fire controller with two Australian Infantry Battalions, and an American Armoured Cavalry Regiment.

 

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Donna Barbisch, Maj. Gen. (US Army Retd.), Security Expert

Donna Barbisch, DHA, MPH, is a dynamic role model, leader and agent for change. She is among the foremost subject matter experts in emergency preparedness and resiliency for catastrophic disasters, terrorism, and unconventional threats. 

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Eric Ball, Historian

Eric Ball is a third generation native Californian with a passion for history and travel.   Eric majored in US history at the University of California, Berkeley.  From Alaska to Australia to Antarctica, Eric brings to life the art, history, culture and the stories of people who made an impact on the world.  

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Dan Benedict, Astronomy Journalist and Educator

Astronomy journalist and educator Dan Benedict's interest in astronomy began in earnest one August night in 1960 when his father gathered the family in the front yard to watch America’s first successful communications satellite, Echo-1, travel across the sky and disappear into Earth’s shadow. 

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David Bilsland, Chef, Silversea Culinary Trainer

David Bilsland isn’t merely an exceptional chef. He’s a passionate teacher of the culinary arts. After completing advanced Chef Diplomas in both Cuisine and Patisserie at Thames Valley University, where he studied classical French cooking, Chef David began a celebrated professional culinary career at some of the United Kingdom’s top establishments.   

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Bill Boggs, Television Personality and Author

Bill Boggs is a four-time Emmy Award-winning TV talk show host and producer, best-selling author and professional speaker.  His Off-Broadway play, Talk Show Confidential and his novel, At First Sight, were recently optioned for a Hollywood screenplay inspired by his life and work.  Bill has interviewed many of the most notable personalities of our time 

 

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Michael Boll, Ph.D., Historian, Destination and World Affairs Expert

Dr. Michael Boll is an historian, professor and former government specialist with extensive experience in international relations and world affairs. 

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Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, OBE Author, Broadcaster, Historian

Alastair Bruce is the Royal, Constitutional and Religious Commentator for Sky News, the UK’s premier 24hr satellite news channel.

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Verla Brown, Guest Lecturer and Artist

Verla Brown is an accomplished lecturer and artist who has been specializing in art appreciation lectures and art workshops around the world.  Verla’s preferred art medium is oriental brush painting, and she is well known for her “People Around The World” collection.

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Henry and Monica Bradsher, Journalists, Intelligence Experts

Henry has won American national prizes in two different careers, journalism and intelligence, and Monica has won national awards for educational work.
After serving overseas as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, Henry reported from South Asia for The Associated Press for five years and then was AP bureau chief in Moscow for 4-1/2 years. 

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Ronald Bowers, Prosecuting Attorney, Author

For 43 years, Mr. Ronald E. Bowers has been a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. During his long career, he has been involved in some of the most sensational trials of the century and has become one of the foremost experts on visual presentations in jury trials. 

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Laurel Corona, Ph.D., Author and Historian

Laurel Corona has combined her love of writing and teaching for more than three decades. She has taught in the San Diego area since 1975, working first at SDSU then at UCSD, and is currently a professor of Humanities at San Diego City College.

 

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Judy Carmichael, Entertainer, Radio Host

Grammy nominated pianist Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride piano and swing. A native of California, Judy Carmichael moved to New York in the early 80’s and has maintained a busy concert schedule throughout the world ever since.   

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Dr. Norman Caisse, Astronomer

Norman Caisse’s richly illustrated presentations will take us on a fascinating journey from our own Solar System, through the Milky Way galaxy, and on to the edge of the known Universe.   

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Richard Cowley, OBE Latin America Expert

Richard Cowley was born and educated in England. After completing a B.A. at Birmingham in Spanish and French, with a distinction in Spoken Spanish, he qualified as a teacher, and then wrote an M.A. thesis on literature and politics in Argentina in the 19th century.

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Jay Christofferson, Marine Biologist

Jay P. Christofferson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Utah in 1961, a master's degree in 1964 and Ph.D. in 1970 in zoology from the University of Hawai'i.  

 

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Dr. Peter Crimes, Geologist, Geographer

Dr. Peter Crimes recently retired as Director of the Geography and Geology Honours Department of Liverpool University, which is the largest and one of the most prestigious Earth Science Departments in the European Community.

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Maj. Gen. Sir Robert Corbett, KCVO, CB, British Military Historian

Of Irish descent, Sir Robert Corbett joined the British Army in 1958 as an 18 year old Guardsman (Private Soldier) in the Irish Guards. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the same regiment in the following year. In a career of extraordinary variety he served all over the world.

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Peter Damisch, Adventurer, Explorer, Author

Throughout his life Peter Damisch has pursued many passions, with a special emphasis on the search for knowledge and a joy of sharing that information in an environment which promotes safety, fun and learning.

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Marlin Darrah, Film-maker

Marlin Darrah is perhaps the world’s most traveled film-maker.  The award-winning executive director of the production company International Film & Video has produced programs in than 140 countries worldwide, yielding more than 70 documentary and travel-adventure programs to date. 

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Lawrence d'Almeida, Silversea Wine Ambassador

Lawrence d’Almeida, who grew up in Paris and studied history at Yale and Harvard, was for years a winemaker and production consultant in Tuscany before becoming a wine buyer and educator.  He lives near Florence, in the heart of Tuscany. 

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Pieter de Vries, ACS, Cinematographer and Filmmaker

Pieter de Vries ACS is a highly regarded Australian photographer and filmmaker and has photographed many acclaimed television series spanning more than eighty countries including Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He has received international recognition and numerous awards for his documentary and drama cinematography.

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Richard Detrich, Destination Lecturer and Author

Richard Detrich, M.Div., M.B.A., Ph.D. enjoyed a varied career as pastor and businessman before retiring early to grow coffee in Boquete, Panama.  In “retirement” Detrich has authored four books on living in Panama, its history, and a guide to cruising the fabled Canal.  He entertains as a destination lecturer on ships around the world.

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Dr. Mark H. Elovitz, World Affairs Expert

World class expertise coupled with high class presentation combine to make Dr. Elovitz a first class world affairs commentator. For the past decade, Dr. E. -as he is known to his well-traveled, well-educated and upscale audiences - has been presenting World Affairs Hot Spot lectures to international acclaim.

 

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Evelyn Evans, Author and China & Asia Expert

Although Evelyn was born in Shanghai, she was brought up in Hong Kong and educated in Ireland.  The daughter of “Old-China Hands”, she was Chinese bilingual from the cradle and this was to open doors throughout her professional  life which was based in South East Asia.


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Lewis Falb, Ph.D. Drama Professor

Lewis W. Falb is a retired college professor and academic administrator. He served as Senior Director of the Division of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities at New York University’s School of Continuing Education. Before that he was Associate Dean of the New School for Social Research as well as Director of Programs in Humanities and Theater.

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John Field, Magic Expert

John Field was admitted as a solicitor in 1976 and has practised law ever since. However he gave his first stage show as a magician in 1965 and has been performing magic for longer than he has been practising law!

 

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Howard Franklin, Royal Historian, Designer

Howard Franklin is an accomplished and highly respected speaker on British Heritage, the Stately Homes and Gardens of Britain, and the British Monarchy and their Royal Palaces. 

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Lowell Fox, Comedy Historian and Raconteur

Lowell Fox, creator of the Classic Comedians series, has been referred to as having “an encyclopedic knowledge of 1950's TV comedy and footage to back it all up!”  His subjects include legendary comics Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason and others accompanied by scores of historical photos and the best samples of their humor.

 

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John Foley, Capt., Great Barrier Reef Pilot, Lecturer

Captain John Foley is a Great Barrier Reef pilot who combines his professional pilotage with informative lectures. He has travelled on several Silversea ships over the years, both as pilot and lecturer, and will be well known to many past guests on South Pacific cruises. 
 

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Ernest Freeberg, Ph.D., Historian

Ernest Freeberg is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities and head of the history department at the University of Tennessee. For many years he as served as a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and is the author of several award-winning books, including one that was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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Michael Freedland, Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

Michael Freedland says he is more of a story-teller than a lecturer.  His usual style is to sit on a stool and talk.  “I think it is presumptuous for me to say I am lecturing on the subjects I have chosen".

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Robert Freedman, World Affairs and Middle East Expert

Dr. Robert O. Freedman is Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, where he lectures on the Middle East and on Russian foreign policy.  The author of five books on Soviet and Russian foreign policy, most recently Russia, Iran and the Nuclear Question: The Putin Record, he is also the editor of fourteen books on the Soviet Union/Russia and the Middle East,

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John Freedman, Destination Expert

Dr. John Freedman is an independent scholar and passionate world traveler who has explored over 100 countries on seven continents. He is a sought-after enrichment lecturer on cruise ships as well as an experienced expedition leader for numerous educational travel programs.

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Nicholas Glakas, World Affairs Expert

Nicholas J. Glakas is an international lawyer and experienced lecturer who was recently president and chief executive officer of The Washington Campus – a non-profit educational consortium of 17 graduate business schools of major universities.   

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General Michael V. Hayden, Former Director, CIA and NSA

As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 2006-09, General Michael Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions, and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the United States.

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Captain Richard Hayman, Mariner and Author

An adventurer who has sailed the seven seas and dozens of rivers in various vessels – from sea schooners in the Pacific to kayaks in the Amazon to icebreakers in Antarctica – Captain Richard Hayman is a true world explorer.

 

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David Horner, Historian

Professor David Horner is one of Australia’s leading historians. Currently Professor of Australian Defence History at the Australian National University, he is Australia’s premier military historian with an international reputation for military history and strategic analysis, although his expertise also ranges across Australian and international history.

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Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, Historian

An award-winning historian and novelist, Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman is the Dwight E. Stanford Professor at San Diego State University. Among other books, she is the author of American Umpire and Broken Promises: A Novel of the Civil War. She lectures on American and world history.

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Brian Hoey, Author, Broadcaster and Monarchy Expert

Brian Hoey is an author and broadcaster who has written 26 books about the British Royal Family including the official biography of HRH The Princess Royal and the official history of the Royal Yacht Britannia. He also wrote the first guide to Buckingham Palace when it opened to the public in 1993.

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Philip Hurst, Historian, World Affairs Expert

Former Deputy Director of The Australian Institute of International Affairs in Canberra and Counsel at The World Bank, Philip Hurst is a prominent Anglo-Australian international and constitutional lawyer, lecturer and writer.

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Georgeanne Irvine, Author, Conservationist

San Diego native Georgeanne Irvine has devoted more than three decades of her career to raising awareness about animals and wildlife conservation.  By day, she is associate director of communications/development for the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, where she has worked for more than 33 years.

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Thomas Jones, Ph.D., Former Astronaut, Scientist

Thomas D. Jones is a scientist, author, pilot, and former NASA astronaut. He holds a doctorate in planetary sciences, and in more than eleven years with NASA, flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit.

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Brian Jones, OBE Extreme Aviator, Adventurer

Brian Jones learned to fly a glider at the age of sixteen which began a lifetime's passion for flight.  Following full time education, he served 13 years in the Royal Air Force as aircrew on the Hercules aircraft and Puma helicopter, opting for a career change in 1977 to sales and training in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Dr. Herb Keyser, Author, World Traveler, Music Expert

Dr. Herb Keyser is a man of many talents - doctor, author, traveler, lecturer, musician.  He was co-chairman of the Ob-Gyn department at one of the largest hospitals on Long Island. He also served as a Lt. Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps during the war in Vietnam.

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Don Klein, Historian, Photographer and Author

Dr. Don Klein is an historian, writer and photographer specializing in Spanish and Portuguese voyages of exploration and discovery. His focus is on European expansion in the New World, Latin American history, and all aspects of the Amazon Rain Forest. 

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Peter Knego, Author, Maritime Historian

Born in Los Angeles, Peter’s interest in passenger ships started in eighth grade when he was assigned to research the Lusitania for an American History course. As a teen, he began visiting and photographing nearly every liner and cruise ship that came to Los Angeles. 

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Sue Krisman, Writer, Broadcaster, Music Expert

Sue Krisman is a writer who was born in Portsmouth, England, as was her hero Charles Dickens.  She grew up there with a great love for the sea and for books and writing.  She became Creative Writing Fellow at Reading University in England. 

 

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Joseph Kess, Ph.D., Linguistics, Culture Expert

Dr. Joseph Kess is now retired from the University of Victoria, where he served as acting director and chair in Japan and Asia-Pacific relations at the Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives.  He was also professor and chairman in the Department of Linguistics.

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Pat Kramer, Author, Photographer

A researcher, photographer, author, and professional speaker, Pat Kramer has designed a dynamic series of picture- and sound-filled presentations for our cruise.

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Neil Leifer, Renowned Filmmaker and Photographer

Neil Leifer’s photography career has spanned over 50 years since becoming a professional while still in his teens.  Beginning in 1960, his pictures regularly appeared in every major national magazine, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE, Newsweek, Time and, most often, Sports Illustrated.

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Dr. George Losey, Marine Biologist

A Professor of Zoology and Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii, George received his Ph.D. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and has studied the behavior and ecology of marine animals throughout the world.

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Dr. Anthony P. Maingot, Caribbean and South America Expert

Anthony P. Maingot is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Florida International University in Miami.  He has also taught at Yale University where he was Director of the Antilles Research Program and at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad.

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Greg Mattson, Ph.D Diplomat, Historian

Greg Mattson is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer and PhD historian. His overseas postings totaled some 25 years as a political officer and senior manager of five US embassies.

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Bob McElwee, Former NFL Referee, Sports Personality

Bob McElwee graduated from the US Naval Academy where he was linebacker on Navy’s Sugar Bowl Championship team of 1955.  Bob officiated for 42 years, 27 years in the National Football League. He headed the officiating crew for Super Bowls XXII, XXVIII, XXXIV, and has officiated NFL football in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, and in Dublin. 

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Gary McKechnie, Travel Writer

For more than a quarter century, Gary McKechnie has explored his homeland by bus, car, rail, and motorcycle in an attempt to unravel the mystery of the bold and unusual experiment known as the United States of America.

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Bill Miller, "Mr. Ocean Liner"

Bill Miller is considered an international authority on the subject of ocean liners & cruise ships.   This includes those great ships of the past, those “floating palaces,” as well as the current generation of cruise ships, the “floating resorts”.   Called “Mr. Ocean Liner,” he has written over 65 books on the subject:

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The Revd. Richard Martin, Historian, Theologian

The Reverend Richard Martin obtained his Master of Arts degree in Modern History from St. John's College, Oxford, after school in London, and went on to teach History and English for ten years at Harrow School. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1985 and became Chaplain and Head of Theology at Magdalen College School, Oxford.

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Philip Martin, Ph.D., Economist

Philip Martin earned a Ph.D. in Labor and Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975.  He is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California-Davis and chair of the University of California's Comparative Immigration and Integration Program.

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Gunter Mulack, Former German Ambassador

Dr. Gunter Mulack, a retired German ambassador, entered into the German diplomatic service after studying law and Oriental languages as well as Middle Eastern regional studies at the Universities of Marburg, Freiburg, and Göttingen in Germany with post-graduate studies at the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, and a PhD in international law from Göttingen University.

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Alan Nazareth, Former Indian Ambassador

Educated at Loyola College Madras, Pascal Alan Nazareth was selected for the Indian Foreign Service in May 1959 and served in India’s diplomatic missions in Tokyo, Rangoon, Lima and London before his first Ambassadorial appointment in 1979 as High Commissioner/Ambassador of India to Ghana, Liberia, Upper Volta and Togo. 

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Tripti Pandey, Indian Culture and Tourism Expert

Tripti Pandey, born and brought up in Rajasthan, is a recognized name in the field of Indian Culture and Tourism. She has to her credit special folk shows and festivals. She has written a book on Rajasthan's folk music and dance, Where Silence Sings.

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Lori Phillips, Ph.D., South Pacific Expert

Dr. Lori Phillips currently serves as the Director of the Pacific Center for Arts and Humanities in Education (PCAHE), at PREL in Honolulu.  Under her leadership, the Center, created in October 1997 offers professional development in the arts and humanities education.  

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Gerald Pinciss, Ph.D. English Professor

Gerald M. Pinciss is Professor Emeritus of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was a Leopold Schepp Fellow at Dartmouth College and received his PhD at Columbia with a William Bayard Cutting dissertation fellowship.

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Fred Plotkin, Renaissance Man

Fred Plotkin discovered the concept of "The Renaissance Man" as a small child and has devoted himself to pursuing that ideal as the central role of his life. He is an expert on everything Italian, the person other so-called Italy experts turn to for definitive information. 

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Rob Prentis, South Africa Expert, Tour Guide

Rob Prentis is a fifth generation South African.  He has majors in English and History from the University of South Africa and post graduate qualifications from the University of Cape Town. Rob taught English literature and history for some 40 years and was a school headmaster for 25 years.  

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Diana Preston, Author and Historian

Diana Preston is a writer with a special interest in the history of exploration. Her many books include A Pirate of Exquisite Mind, about the 17th century buccaneer William Dampier, who inspired Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, and A First-Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole – a New York Times Book of the Week.

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Farhana Qazi, Counter-Terrorism Expert

For over a decade, Farhana Qazi has been the most prominent American-Muslim woman to study al-Qaeda and the conflicts in the Muslim world.  She regularly travels to Kashmir and Pakistan to assess political crises and militant groups.

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Ernest Rea, British Broadcaster

Ernie Rea is a celebrated British broadcaster who specialises in the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular National Radio Programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the Best Speech Programme on British Radio.

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Christine Roussel, Author and Art Historian

Christine Roussel is an internationally acclaimed restorer, author, and art historian.  She has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and television shows including The Today Show, and has lectured extensively at universities, museums and professional organizations.  She is as entertaining as she is knowledgeable.

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Thomas Roberts, Ex-Military, Asia Expert

Thomas Roberts is a former Navy and Army officer. He is a retired colonel, US Army Intelligence, with over 31 years of military service. He worked for the CIA as advisor to Vietnamese Police Field Forces in Binh Dinh Province during the Vietnam War. He is a China Specialist, and a three-time US Military Attaché in China. 

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Bill Rothschild, Engineer, Space Travel Expert, Ex-USAF

Bill Rothschild has 43 years of experience in the aerospace industry involving project management, systems engineering, and rocket systems development and testing. Bill is currently working as a consultant for both NASA and the U.S. Air Force, after retiring as Boeing’s Director of Engineering Operations for the Space Exploration Division. 

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Lawrence Rudner, Engineer, Master Mariner

Lawrence Rudner is a former professor and retired aerospace engineer.  He completed his undergraduate engineering studies at Purdue University, and earned his advanced electrical engineering degree at the University of Memphis.  He also holds a master mariner certification and is a recognized authority on celestial navigation.

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Steven Rivellino, Broadway Producer

With credits that span the worlds of Broadway, London’s West End, broadcast television, concerts, and corporate & special events, Steven Rivellino has become one of the most successful Executive Producers and Theatrical General Managers in the entertainment industry. 

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Stanton Samenow, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr. Stanton Samenow received his B.A. (cum laude) from Yale University and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan.  Following a career in clinical psychology that spanned a decade, Dr. Samenow entered the private practice of clinical psychology in Alexandria, Virginia.  

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Rick Senat, Film Industry Expert

Rick has over 40 years’ experience in the film and media world. He joined Warner Bros in1976, becoming its Senior Vice-President for Business and Legal Affairs in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Yvette Sencer, Art Historian

A specialist in the history of art and architecture, Dr. Yvette Sencer was Professor and Chair of Art History and Dean of Graduate Studies at State University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

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John Rennie Short, Ph.D., Geographer

Dr. John Rennie Short received his PhD from the University of Bristol and his MA in geography from the University of Aberdeen.  He has received numerous research awards, including those from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Geographic Society, and the Social Science Research Council.  

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Adrian Sindall, Former British Ambassador

Ambassador Adrian Sindall is a former senior British diplomat. During his Foreign Service career Adrian served as British Ambassador to Syria, as British High Commissioner to His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei and as a senior policy advisor on South America, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands.

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Teri Sowell, Ph.D., South Pacific, Polynesia Expert

Teri Sowell is a lecturer and curator specializing in the art and culture of the Pacific Islands. Her research includes the ritual and ceremonial use of Polynesian objects, with special interest in sculpture, tattoo, and tapa cloth. She has also curated many art exhibitions with venues ranging from the San Diego Museum of Art to The Brooklyn Museum.

 

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Harvey Stearn, Photographer and Artist

Harvey Stearn has been a dedicated outdoor photographer and print maker for over 60 years. His images have won dozens of awards and have been exhibited in galleries, museums, offices and public buildings and are represented in private collections throughout the United States.  

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Stephanie Pfriender Stylander, Photographer

Stephanie began her career in the 1990s while living in Milan and Paris.  She has received numerous honors including awards from Communication Arts, Graphis, The Society of Publication Designers and American Photography.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with high honors from The School of Visual Arts.

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Robert Schrire, Ph.D, Professor, Author, Journalist, Africa Expert

Robert Schrire was born in Cape Town where he is holds the Chair of Political Studies and is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Cape Town. He is also a part-time professor at Princeton University.

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Joe Snyder, Former Diplomat and World Affairs Expert

Joe Snyder was a diplomat with the U.S. State Department Foreign Service for thirty years.  He served at diplomatic offices in Thailand, Iran, Taiwan, Malaysia and Austria, as well as in Washington.

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Andrew Steigman, Former US Ambassador

Andrew L. Steigman, from Bethesda, Maryland, is Associate Dean at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, where he works with the undergraduate program and teaches a course on international negotiation.

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Marlene Strauss, Art Historian

Marlene Barasch-Strauss is an art historian whose lectures are featured regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Mrs. Strauss speaks frequently at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago and for many museums and organizations.

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Jeffrey Weinberg, Presidency Expert, Political Analyst

Jeffrey Weinberg is recognized in the U.S. and the U.K. for his unique insights into the U.S. presidency from the vantage points of both an academic and a practitioner. He has taught graduate courses and lectured on the presidency at universities in both countries.

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Captain William Wells, Maritime Historian

Promoted to Captain by the age of 28, William Wells then became a Trinity House licensed pilot in the Port of London operating between Gravesend and London Bridge.  During his career as a pilot he also served in the Middle East and the Bahamas where he regularly handled many of the world’s largest ships.

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Stephen Wessley, Ph.D. Historian

Dr. Stephen Wessley received his Ph.D. from Columbia University where he was a Lehman Fellow.  He is the winner of numerous awards, including fellowships and grants from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Philosophical Society. 

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Nigel West, Intelligence Historian

Nigel West is a renowned military historian specializing in intelligence, counterintelligence, and security issues.  His many books include At Her Majesty's Secret Service: The Chiefs of Britain's Intelligence Agency, MI6, the Historical Dictionary of World War II Intelligence, and the Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming’s James Bond

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Christopher Whelan, Ph.D., Lawyer, World Affairs Expert

Dr. Christopher Whelan is currently an academic and practicing lawyer in the UK, US, and Germany.  In the United Kingdom, he is associate director of International Law Programs and a member of the faculty of law at the University of Oxford.  He is also a barrister (specializing in employment law) at Three Paper Buildings in London.  

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Jay Wolff, Ph.D., Historian and Destination Expert

 Dr. Jay Wolff is an internationally known and acclaimed history and destination lecturer, who travels the world and presents in-depth lectures about the people and events that have shaped the places visited along the way.

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Rob Warne, International Relations Expert, Former Diplomat

The former president of a Washington-based think tank, Rob Warne served for 28 years as a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State. Specializing in international economics, he held a variety of senior posts at the Department and abroad, including in Latin America. 

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