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Guest Lecturers

Stimulate Your Curiosity

Throughout your journey with Silversea cruises, let your desire for learning and personal growth deepen. Engage in our Silver Perspectives® Enrichment Programme, as we welcome distinguished guest speakers on board for fascinating lectures and stimulating conversation. Spend your days at sea developing a richer travel experience.

Delve into topics related to your cruise destinations – from tribal customs to ancient history. Listen to intriguing presentations by authors, journalists, naturalists, diplomats and professors. Ask questions. Relish enlightening commentary. Cultivate your enduring quest for knowledge on a Silversea voyage, where curious minds grow beyond measure.

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Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, OBE

Author, Broadcaster, HistorianAlastair Bruce is the Royal, Constitutional and Religious Commentator for
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Dr. George Losey

Marine BiologistA Professor of Zoology and Marine Biology at the University
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John Freedman

Destination ExpertDr. John Freedman is an independent scholar and passionate world
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Peter Knego

Author, Maritime HistorianBorn in Los Angeles, Peter’s interest in passenger ships started in
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Linda Abrams

Destination Speaker, HistorianLinda Tania Abrams is a world-traveling historical interpreter, performer and
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Ph.D. Ernest Freeberg

HistorianErnest Freeberg is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities and head
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Sabin Robbins

Wildlife Expert, AuthorSabin Robbins is a published author, zoologist, and historian.  He
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Joseph Tullbane

Ph.D., International Relations ExpertServing most recently as Associate Dean for International Education at
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Andrew Steigman

Former US AmbassadorAndrew L. Steigman, from Bethesda, Maryland, is Associate Dean at
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Dr. Herb Keyser

Author, World Traveler, Music ExpertDr. Herb Keyser is a man of many talents -
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John Kelly

Ph.D., National Security ExpertDr. John F. Kelly is a Professor of National Security
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Peter Quartermaine

Ph.D., Cultural Historian, AuthorFormerly a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and
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James Baer

Historian, Caribbean, Latin American ExpertJames Baer, author of numerous journal articles on Latin American
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Robert Freedman

World Affairs and Middle East ExpertDr. Robert O. Freedman is Professor of Political Science at
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Bill Rothschild

Engineer, Space Travel Expert, Ex-USAFBill Rothschild has 43 years of experience in the aerospace
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Bill Miller

"Mr. Ocean Liner"Bill Miller is considered an international authority on the subject
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Dr. Mark H. Elovitz

World Affairs ExpertWorld class expertise coupled with high class presentation combine to
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Joseph Kess

Ph.D., Linguistics, Culture ExpertDr. Joseph Kess is now retired from the University of
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Philip Hurst

Historian, World Affairs ExpertFormer Deputy Director of The Australian Institute of International Affairs
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Rodney Baldwin

Historian, Major NZ Army (Retired)Major Rodney Baldwin served in the New Zealand Army for
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Will Friedwald

Author, Journalist, Music ExpertWill Friedwald writes about jazz and popular music for The Wall
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Eric Roorda

HistorianA Professor of History at Bellarmine University and Director of
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Bill Rothschild

Engineer, Space Travel Expert, Ex-USAFBill Rothschild has 43 years of experience in the aerospace
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Dr. Norman Caisse

AstronomerNorman Caisse’s richly illustrated presentations will take us on a
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Judy Carmichael

Entertainer, Radio HostGrammy nominated pianist Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s
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Philip Martin

Ph.D., EconomistPhilip Martin earned a Ph.D. in Labor and Agricultural Economics
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Bill Boggs

Television Personality and AuthorBill Boggs is a four-time Emmy Award-winning TV talk show
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General Michael V. Hayden

Former Director, CIA and NSAAs Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 2006-09, General Michael
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Lawrence Rudner

Engineer, Master MarinerLawrence Rudner is a former professor and retired aerospace engineer. 
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Brian Davis

Wine ExpertBrian Davis nurtured his passion for wines whilst entertaining clients
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Dr. Peter Crimes

Geologist, GeographerDr. Peter Crimes recently retired as Director of the Geography
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Laurel Corona

Ph.D., Author and Historian Laurel Corona has combined her love of writing and teaching
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Rick Senat

Film Industry ExpertRick has over 40 years’ experience in the film and
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Luis Jaime Castillo

Ph.D. Archaeologist, Peruvian Cultural ExpertLuis Jaime Castillo Butters is Vice Minister of Cultural Patrimony
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Captain Richard Hayman

Mariner and AuthorAn adventurer who has sailed the seven seas and dozens
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Ph.D. Stanton Samenow

PsychologistDr. Stanton Samenow received his B.A. (cum laude) from Yale
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Brian Hoey

Author, Broadcaster and Monarchy ExpertBrian Hoey is an author and broadcaster who has written
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Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

HistorianAn award-winning historian and novelist, Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman is the
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Lawrence d’Almeida

Silversea Wine AmbassadorLawrence d'Almeida, who grew up in Paris and studied history
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Rob Warne

International Relations Expert, Former DiplomatThe former president of a Washington-based think tank, Rob Warne
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Jay Christofferson

Marine BiologistJay P. Christofferson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in
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Georgeanne Irvine

Author, ConservationistSan Diego native Georgeanne Irvine has devoted more than three
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Ph.D. John Rennie Short

Geographer, ProfessorDr. John Rennie Short received his PhD from the University
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Bruce Riedel

International Affairs Expert, AdviserA Senior Fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East
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Eric Ball

HistorianEric Ball is a third generation native Californian with a
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Lewis Falb

Ph.D. Drama ProfessorLewis W. Falb is a retired college professor and academic
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Robert Schrire

Ph.D, Professor, Author, Journalist, Africa ExpertRobert Schrire was born in Cape Town where he is
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Maj. Gen. Sir Robert Corbett

British Military HistorianOf Irish descent, Sir Robert Corbett joined the British Army
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Brian Jones

OBE Extreme Aviator, AdventurerBrian Jones learned to fly a glider at the age
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Ph.D. Teri Sowell

South Pacific, Polynesia ExpertTeri Sowell is a lecturer and curator specializing in the
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Captain William Wells

Maritime HistorianWhilst he was still a schoolboy, William Wells won a
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Fred Plotkin

Renaissance ManFred Plotkin discovered the concept of "The Renaissance Man" as
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Marlene Strauss

Art HistorianMarlene Barasch-Strauss is an art historian whose lectures are featured
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Ronald Bowers

Prosecuting Attorney, AuthorFor 43 years, Mr. Ronald E. Bowers has been a
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Dr. William Crowley

Geographer, ProfessorProfessor Emeritus William Crowley obtained his doctorate from the University
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Sue Krisman

Writer, Broadcaster, Music ExpertSue Krisman is a writer who was born in Portsmouth,
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John Stainton

Australian Film-makerJohn Stainton started his television career as a cameraman -
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Christine Roussel

Author and Art Historian Christine Roussel is an internationally acclaimed restorer, author, and art
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Gary McKechnie

Travel WriterFor more than a quarter century, Gary McKechnie has explored
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Martin Aronson

Civil Trial Lawyer, Lecturer Martin Aronson is a litigator in Boston with vast experience
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Stephen Wessley

Ph.D. HistorianDr. Stephen Wessley received his Ph.D. from Columbia University where
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Marlin Darrah

Film-makerMarlin Darrah is perhaps the world’s most traveled film-maker.  The
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Neil Leifer

Renowned Filmmaker and PhotographerNeil Leifer’s photography career has spanned over 50 years since
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Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

PhotographerStephanie began her career in the 1990s while living in
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Dan Benedict

Astronomy Journalist and Educator Astronomy journalist and educator Dan Benedict's interest in astronomy began
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Gerald Pinciss

Ph.D. English ProfessorGerald M. Pinciss is Professor Emeritus of English at Hunter
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Michael Boll

Ph.D., Historian, Destination and World Affairs ExpertDr. Michael Boll is an historian, professor and former government
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Steven Okulewicz

GeologistSteven Okulewicz is a Professor of Geology at Hofstra University. 
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Pieter de Vries

ACS, Cinematographer and FilmmakerPieter de Vries is an internationally recognised Cinematographer and Filmmaker and
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General Barry R. McCaffrey

US (Ret.), Former White House Drug Czar; NBC News AnalystBarry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32
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Nigel West

Intelligence HistorianNigel West is a renowned military historian specializing in intelligence, counterintelligence,
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David Bilsland

Chef, Silversea Culinary Trainer Chef David was educated in classical French cooking at Thames
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Glenn Robinson

Ph. D, Middle East ExpertDr. Glenn Robinson is an expert on Middle East security and political
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Michael Freedland

Journalist, Broadcaster and AuthorMichael Freedland says he is more of a story-teller than
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Steven Rivellino

Broadway ProducerSteven Rivellino is one of the leading Executive Producers and
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Evelyn Evans

Author and China & Asia ExpertAlthough Evelyn was born in Shanghai, she was brought up
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Bob McElwee

Former NFL Referee, Sports PersonalityBob McElwee graduated from the US Naval Academy where he
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Ph.D. Christopher Whelan

Lawyer, World Affairs ExpertDr. Christopher Whelan is currently an academic and practicing lawyer
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David Horner

HistorianProfessor David Horner is one of Australia’s leading historians. Currently
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Harvey Stearn

Photographer and ArtistHarvey Stearn has been a dedicated outdoor photographer and print
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Mike McPheters

Destination Expert, Former FBI AgentRaised in Ketchum, Idaho, Mike McPheters served as a Special
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The Revd. Richard Martin

Historian, TheologianThe Reverend Richard Martin obtained his Master of Arts degree
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Brian Fagan

Renowned Archaeologist, AuthorBrian Fagan is widely acknowledged as the world's leading archaeological
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Diana Mitchell

Head Guide at Highclere CastleDiana is Head Guide at Highclere Castle, seat of the
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Ph.D. Jay Wolff

Historian and Destination ExpertDr. Jay Wolff is an internationally known and acclaimed history
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Diana Preston

Author and HistorianDiana Preston is a writer with a special interest in
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Henry and Monica Bradsher

Journalists, Intelligence ExpertsHenry has won American national prizes in two different careers,
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Nicholas Glakas

World Affairs ExpertNicholas J. Glakas is an international lawyer and experienced lecturer
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Thomas Jones

Former Astronaut, ScientistThomas D. Jones is a scientist, author, pilot, and former
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Tracy Fleming

PhotographerTracy has been fascinated by photography ever since asking for
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Alan Nazareth

Former Indian AmbassadorHolding a Masters Degree in Economics from Madras University, Mr
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Katy Batho

SopranoKaty was born in Leicester, and began her musical education
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Don Klein, Ph.D.

Historian, Photographer and AuthorDr. Don Klein is an historian, writer and photographer specializing
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Jeffrey Weinberg

Presidency Expert, Political AnalystJeffrey Weinberg is recognized in the U.S. and the U.K.
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Pat Kramer

PhotographerA researcher, photographer, author, and professional speaker, Pat Kramer has
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Thomas Roberts

Ex-Military, Asia ExpertThomas Roberts is a former Navy and  Army officer. He
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Howard Franklin

Royal Historian, Designer Howard Franklin is an accomplished and highly respected speaker on
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Ph.D. Lori Phillips

South Pacific ExpertDr. Lori Phillips currently serves as the Director of the
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Elizabeth Key

Mezzo SopranoFrom Mansfield, Elizabeth gained her early experience with Cantamus Girls’
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Donna Barbisch, Maj. Gen. (US Army Retd.)

Security Expert Donna Barbisch, DHA, MPH, is a dynamic role model, leader
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Joe Snyder

Former Diplomat and World Affairs Expert Joe Snyder was a diplomat with the U.S. State Department
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Patrick Allitt

Ph. D., HistorianPatrick Allitt is a graduate of Oxford (1977) who studied
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Verla Brown

Guest Lecturer and ArtistVerla Brown is an accomplished lecturer and artist who has
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Lowell Fox

Comedy Historian and Raconteurowell Fox, creator of the Classic Comedians series, has been referred to
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Rob Prentis

South Africa Expert, Tour GuideRob Prentis is a fifth generation South African.  He has
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Andrew Macnair

TenorAfter successfully completing a doctorate in nuclear physics at the
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Adrian Sindall

Former British AmbassadorAmbassador Adrian Sindall is a former senior British diplomat. During
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Dr. Anthony P. Maingot

Caribbean and South America ExpertAnthony P. Maingot is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Florida
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John Field

Magic ExpertJohn Field was admitted as a solicitor in 1976 and
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Peter Damisch

Adventurer, Explorer, AuthorThroughout his life Peter Damisch has pursued many passions, with
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Wendy Leigh

Best-selling Author and JournalistWendy Leigh is the New York Times best-selling author of Prince Charming, The
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Capt. John Foley

Great Barrier Reef Pilot, LecturerCaptain John Foley is a Great Barrier Reef pilot who
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Ernest Rea

British BroadcasterErnie Rea is a celebrated British broadcaster who specialises in
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Michael Robinson

PianistMichael Robinson is one of the UK's most versatile musicians
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