Enrichment Guest Lecturers
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.
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.
Donald Behnke, Ph. D., Music Critic, Expert
Dr. Donald Behnke is a music critic of the Green Valley News and Sun in Arizona where he has reviewed Arizona opera for the past five years, recently adding Tucson Symphony to his repertoire.
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.
David Bilsland, Chef, Silversea Culinary Trainer
Chef David was educated in classical French cooking at Thames Valley University, completing advanced Chef Diplomas in both Cuisine and Patisserie. He then began his professional culinary career in some of the top establishments in the UK, including the Waldorf Hotel, Langans Brasserie and Stringfellows.
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.
David Burnett, Photojournalist
David Burnett is a photojournalist with more than four decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual tempo of our age
Harvey Broadbent, Historian, Writer, Film Producer
Harvey Broadbent is a well-known writer, lecturer, broadcaster, film and TV producer. He is presently Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University, Australia, directing the Gallipoli Centenary Research Project, centred on Turkish military archives and the Gallipoli Campaign, for which he is an acknowledged expert.
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.
Mark Brunetz, Award-winning Designer, TV Host
While viewers know Mark Brunetz internationally as the Emmy® Award winning designer on Style Network’s Clean House, Mark is most recognized for his unique, client driven approach in the world of high-end, luxury design.
Roger Cook, Investigative Journalist, TV Host
Easily the most-watched investigative reporter on British TV and arguably the bravest, Roger Cook’s programmes were the stuff of legend. Roger was brought up in Australia, where he began his broadcasting career as a radio and television reporter/newsreader for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawrence d'Almeida, Silversea Wine Ambassador
Lawrence D’Almeida grew up in Paris, France, and was educated John Cabot International College in Rome, at Yale College and Harvard University. One of his four reading subjects at Harvard was Italian Medieval History.
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.
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.
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.
Lyn Farmer, Wine Expert and Food Writer
A widely published wine and food writer and Senior Editor of The Wine News magazine, Lyn Farmer has been honoured with the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Writing on Wine and Spirits.
Lisa Feder, Ph.D, Cultural Anthropologist
Since 2001 Lisa has traveled to West Africa four times. She has lived with musicians' families in Guinea and the Gambia. She earned a Ph.D in cultural anthropology from Cornell University. Her thesis project focused on Manding Jalis in both West Africa and New York City.
Linda Ferreri, Art Historian and Author
Linda Ferreri is both an art historian and a lawyer. Widely travelled in the Mediterranean, she is a graduate of Duke University and New York University. Later entering the legal profession, she served as general counsel of The J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles and subsequently as vice president and general counsel of Christie's in New York.
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.
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".
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.
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.
John Hare, Explorer, Conservationist, Author
A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, explorer, and conservationist, John Hare specializes in expeditions on camelback across some of the world’s great desert regions.
Peter Hawthorne, Journalist, Author, Africa Expert
Peter Hawthorne, a veteran journalist, foreign correspondent and author, was born in England but has been in Africa for most of his working career. His experience stretches into most countries of Africa over more than 40 years, during which he has been witness to many of the momentous events of Africa’s dramatic winds of change.
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.
Denise Heywood, Author, Journalist and Photographer
Denise Heywood is an author, journalist and photographer, who has lectured at universities throughout Britain, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Europe. Most recently she returned from Cambodia, where she worked as a journalist for three years.
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.
James Howard, Ph.D, Geologist
Dr. James Howard earned his BS in geology from the University of Dayton, an MS in geology from the University of Houston, and a PhD in geology with minors in paleoecology, marine ecology, oceanography and environmental studies from Indiana University.
Tim Hughes, Ph.D, Political Analyst, Adviser
Tim has been a consultant to the BBC since 1994, working as an adviser on national elections, Zimbabwe and Nelson Mandela in particular. Tim has been a member of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) since 1989.
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.
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.
Reed Kaestner, Award-winning Photographer
For the past 30 years, Reed Kaestner has been taking photographs that have graced the covers of inflight magazines, appeared on billboards, been used in thousands of brochures, books, and advertisments around the world, and recently an image of his was seen 6,000,000 times in one day!
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.
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.
Catherine Lim, Best-selling Author
Singaporean author Catherine Lim’s first book, a collection of short stories entitled Little Ironies – Stories of Singapore was published in 1978. In the next fifteen years, she continued to write for the local market, and was delighted to have her books used as literature texts in Singapore’s schools.
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.
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.
Roger McGuinn, Folk-Rock Musician, Founder of The Byrds
As Rolling Stone magazine put it, "Music would be a very, very different place if it hadn't been for Roger McGuinn," the co-founder, lead singer, and lead guitarist of the legendary Byrds.
Stephen Lash, Chairman Emeritus, Christie's Americas
Stephen S. Lash is Chairman Emeritus of Christie’s Americas and Vice Chairman of Christie’s American Advisory Board. He has been with Christie’s since 1976 when he was one of the original team of eight responsible for launching the venerable auction house’s first galleries in the United States.
Gene McConville, Colonel, US Army, Diplomat
Gene McConville is a former soldier, diplomat, and academic with a wealth of international experience concerning issues in Europe, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He was originally commissioned in the United States Army and spent several years as a military diplomat in Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, and Pakistan.
Gerald M McCormack, Colonel, Australian Army (Retired)
Colonel Gerald M McCormack retired from the Australian Army in 2000 after having served in operational, training and diplomatic appointments. He commanded tank troops in South Vietnam and a tank regiment in Australia. His diplomatic assignments were to Korea and Germany.
John McMichan, M.D., Ph. D., Medical Expert
Born in Melbourne, Australia John C. McMichan, MBBS, PhD obtained his medical education at Monash University and then spent time in Surgery and Surgical Research at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. In 1969, he went to sea as Ship’s Surgeon on the SS Francis Drake of the Dominion Far East Line.
Chris Mullane, Historian, Ex-NZ Army
Chris brings to his enriching presentations a wide variety of life experiences from his military service, his many years in business, his interest in history, politics and the performing arts and his continuing involvement in diverse community projects.
Hallam Murray, Writer and Photographer
Hallam Murray spent 15 years in book publishing. He is now a freelance lecturer, writer and photographer. He has travelled in over 40 countries, but his passion is for Latin America.
Mike O'Brien, Historian, Major General Aus. Army (Retd.)
Major General Mike O'Brien graduated from Australia’s Royal Military College, Duntroon and served as a platoon commander and intelligence officer in the Vietnam War. He later wrote the history of his battalion that was published in 1995 and short-listed for a British military history prize.
Dr. David Pasta, Energy Geoscientist
Dr. David Pasta has explored most of the world's continents and oceans as an Energy Geoscientist. He is a member of several international organizations, including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Colin Peasley, Australian Ballet Master
Sydney-born Colin Peasley was a founding member of The Australian Ballet and during his distinguished career with the company attained great personal success, particularly in an extraordinary variety of character roles, many of which he has created.
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.
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.
Dr. Andrew J. Pierre, International Relations American Foreign Policy Expert
Andrew J. Pierre is a well-known expert in International Relations and American Foreign Policy, who will join the U.S. Institute of Peace in October 2010 to write a book on nuclear non-proliferation. Earlier he taught at the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University and served as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense.
Chris Ritchie, Vice Admiral, Royal Australian Navy (Retd.)
Chris Ritchie retired from the Royal Australian Navy as the Chief of Navy in July 2005. In the course of his career, he qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer and commanded three ships including HMAS Brisbane during the Gulf War of 1991.
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.
Joan Root, Painter/Printmaker and Art Historian
Joan Root is both a painter/printmaker and an art historian. She has taught painting and drawing as well as art history for more than twenty-five years. Formerly based in New York, she now resides in Washington, DC. In New York, she taught at The New York Academy of Art, New York University, The School for Visual Arts, and Stern College.
Patricia Schultz, Best-Selling Author, Travel Journalist
Patricia Schultz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. A veteran travel journalist with 25 years of experience, she has written for guides such as Frommer’s and Berlitz and periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and Everyday With Rachael Ray.
Justin Shenkarow, Film and Television Actor
Justin Shenkarow has starred in television and film for over 17 years. He has starred in television shows including Eerie Indiana, Home Improvement, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Strong Medicine, and Boston Public.
Peter Sissons, Veteran BBC Anchor, TV Newscaster
After more than 40 years in journalism, 16 of which were at the BBC, Peter Sissons has become one of the best-known faces on British TV. Born in Liverpool in 1942, he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College, Oxford.
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.
Gary Smith, Award-winning Producer
As a partner in the television production company Smith-Hemion, Gary Smith has created many of America’s most distinguished specials and events. The team has won an unprecedented 24 Emmy Awards.
Paul Stevens, Historian, Major General Aus. Army (Retd.)
Major General Paul Stevens is currently a member of the Australian War Memorial Council, and in recent years has held the positions of Director of the Office of Australian War Graves, and Commissioner on the Repatriation Commission.
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.
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.
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.
Alexei Vranich, Ph.D. Archaeologist
Dr. Alexei Vranich has bridged the divide between academic and popular archaeology through his appearances on television, on radio, and in magazines such as National Geographic, The Sciences, and Archaeology Magazine.