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Robert Bartlett is Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Medieval History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a Fellow of the British Academy. He received his university education at Cambridge, Oxford and Princeton, taught earlier at the universities of Edinburgh and Chicago and has held fellowships in America, Germany and Israel. His books include 'The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change 950-1350', which won the Wolfson Literary Prize for History and has been translated into German, Estonian, Polish, Japanese, Spanish and Russian; 'England under the Norman and Angevin Kings 1075-1225; The Medieval World Complete', a lavishly illustrated introduction to the Middle Ages; and, most recently, 'Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things?: Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation' (Princeton University Press, 2013).
Professor Bartlett has lectured widely, from New Zealand to Chile, from Japan to California, and has written and presented three television series for the BBC, “Inside the Medieval Mind” (2008), “The Normans” (2010), which took him to Sicily, Istanbul and Jerusalem, and “The Plantagenets” (2014).
Martin Bell is a former British war correspondent, independent politician and currently a UN ambassador. During his 30-year career, he has reported from 102 countries and covered 18 conflicts, having made his name in Vietnam in the 1960s. He was the BBC's chief Washington correspondent during the Reagan Presidency.
From 1992 to 1995 he was BBC TV's principal reporter covering the Bosnian war, in which he was wounded. He entered the House of Commons in 1997 as the first elected Independent since 1951. He campaigned against corruption and was described as 'a fully paid-up member of the awkward squad'.
He is now a UNICEF Ambassador and an author of six books about war and politics, most recently a collection of light and dark verse, 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'. His book on the Bosnian war, 'In Harm's Way', was republished in April 2012.
Emeritus Professor Trevor Bryce is a Classicist and Near Eastern historian. His extensive publications of about 120 articles, book chapters, and sixteen books deal primarily with the history and civilizations of the ancient Near and Middle Eastern world. Among his most recent books are The Trojans and their Neighbours (Routledge, 2006), Ancient Syria. A Three Thousand-Year History (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Atlas of the Ancient Near East. From Prehistoric Times to the Roman Imperial Period (Routledge; scheduled for publication in October, 2015). Trevor is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has held visiting Fellowships at Princeton, Oxford, Sydney, and Canberra.
His university career has included appointments as Reader of Classics and Ancient History, University of Queensland, Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New England, Australia, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University, New Zealand. He was recently awarded a Doctor of Letters Degree at The University of Queensland, a rare award showing his excellent knowledge and expertise in this area of history. He has been an adviser to and participant in a number of television documentaries on the Hittites and on Troy.
George Carey retired as Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002. He has a busy and active Christian ministry to the present day. His primary interests are in education, development and a continuing engagement in public life through writing, lectures and debate in the House of Lords. Together with, his wife Eileen, he continues to serve churches and many charitable interests.
George worked at the London Electricity Board and also served with the Royal Air Force in Iraq during the 1950s before deciding he wanted to be ordained as a minister into the Church of England. In 1982 he became Principal of Trinity Theological College in Bristol and, in 1987, Bishop of Bath and Wells.
In 1991 he was invited to take up the post of 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury to serve 80 million Anglicans around the world until his retirement eleven years later.
In 2002 George Carey was made a life peer as ‘Lord Carey of Clifton’. Lord Carey is Presentation Fellow of King’s College London, Fellow of Christ’s University College, Canterbury and Fellow of the Library of Congress. He is also the recipient of some 12 Honorary Doctorates and author of 14 books.
Whilst on board Aegean Odyssey, George will celebrate Holy Communion, and he will also be talking to the renowned broadcaster Ernie Rea about his life and career as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Major General Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During 1962-1982, he served 10 years in Germany at the height of the Cold War. From 1988-1995 he was serving in NATO, most of which was spent helping develop the “New NATO” after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR. His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications Agency in Brussels.
Upon leaving the Army in 1995 - he worked for a company providing security and mine clearance services in remote and hostile countries and was the Senior Military Advisor to an operational analysis company owned by British Aerospace.
Between 1996 and 2006 he was the Honorary Colonel of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry – an all women, uniformed volunteer body that has supported the British Army for 100 years. He is currently a Vice President. Furthermore, from 2003 to 2013 he was the President of the Stragglers of Asia Cricket Club, with its origins in the Punjab in the 1920s – and, accompanied by his wife, he led tours to Sri Lanka in 2004 and to India in 2007.
Since 2007 he has been a speaker with a variety of cruise lines – and has cruised several times in the Far East and around the Indian sub-continent – including Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, Sri Lanka and India. Whilst cruising with Voyages to Antiquity, Mr Carr-Smith will hold talks on World War II in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, and the long history of the British Empire in India.
Laurence was born in London in 1939, educated at a Grammar School in Brighton, and studied Physics at Brighton Technical College. He then changed course, won a scholarship to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and trained as an actor. He went to Nottingham Playhouse where he acted with many great actors and actresses, including Judy Dench; he was at the Edinburgh Festival and in the West End as well as many theatres up and down the country. He was in television for many years, and in the film Far from the Madding Crowd.
In 1975 he enrolled at Reading University to read Classics and gained first class honours. He went on to University College London to write a PhD thesis on the theme of Athenian politics in the fifth century BC. This was published in 1986 by Oxford University Press under the title The Quiet Athenian.
He began working as a tour guide both in English and Italian (which he speaks fluently due to a lifelong love of opera) and has travelled in many countries, including the US where for several years he was a guide through the western states, as well as the old Soviet Union, China and many European countries. He knows France and Italy well and has toured through them many times over a twenty year period.
Since 2009 he has lectured on cruise ships on aspects of ancient history, and has a particular knowledge of Sicily having guided through it many times. The southern coast of Italy and Sicily has a particular fascination for Laurence as it is the setting for Homer’s Odyssey.
Robin Cormack is an art historian who works on Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium, but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, and is giving lectures in 2014 in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and at the Universities of California at Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Robin has published books on Byzantine Art, and co-curated the recent Royal Academy exhibition, Byzantium 330-1453.
He has a special side-interest in British architects who worked in Khartoum and New Delhi, and since he has always made it an aim never to write or lecture about monuments and sites unless he has visited them and studied them at first hand, travel is one of the things he does most often. Fortunately his wife, Professor Mary Beard, agrees with this aim, and travels too (and not just on twitter). So do his children who are both students working in Africa, and who spend time in Cairo and South Sudan. He is currently trying to learn to play the harpsichord, but that does not travel with him.
David Crilly graduated from the Universities of Southampton and London, first in Music and then with a Masters degree in Drama and Theatre Studies before completing his doctorate in the philosophy of art at Magdalen College, Oxford. For the last twenty eight years he has been Artistic Director of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival - an open-air festival presented annually in the gardens of the Cambridge University colleges. He is a conductor, composer and author and has given lectures all over the world, including Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Montego Bay, Vienna, Chicago and Oxford.
He recently retired from academia having lectured in Cambridge for twenty years before taking on the role of Director of Creative and Performing Arts in Liverpool. He is also an arts practitioner and for eighteen years was Director-in-Residence for Anglia Opera, conducting such classics as La bohème, Carmen, Peter Grimes, La Traviata and The Turn of the Screw. David grew up in Liverpool in the sixties, so it was perhaps inevitable that he would become a guitarist, steeped as that city was in the music of The Beatles. Despite his academic background he has remained faithful to his roots and currently plays guitar in two rock tribute bands (Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd) and regularly tours the UK. Throughout the years he has also remained faithful to his other passion - Liverpool Football Club.
Kevin M. Crotty, the Childress Professor Foreign Languages at Washington and Lee, chairs the Classics Department, and teaches occasionally in the Washington and Lee School of Law. He did his undergraduate work at Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received in his Ph D in Classics from Yale, where he taught for several years in the Classics Department. He also holds a law degree from the Harvard School of Law, and practiced law for many years in the New York office of Hughes, Hubbard and Reed. He has taught at Washington and Lee since 1999, where he lectures on such topics as Myth, Ancient Epic, Drama, Greek Litigation and Political Theory. He has travelled in Greece several times, and has led student groups there. He reads Latin and Greek, in addition to French, German and Italian. He has been nominated for Virginia’s prestigious Outstanding Teacher Award.
He has published several scholarly works on ancient Greek poetry and philosophy, as well as contemporary legal theory. In 2002, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his children’s CD, DinoSongs: Poems To Celebrate a T-Rex Named Sue, as performed by the actress Susan Sarandon. He also wrote, under the pseudonym Oswaldo Spence, the stories for the computer game Voyage Down the Nile, sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His current scholarly interests include the Greek philosopher Plato and ancient myth.
Gregory Dowling graduated in English literature at the University of Oxford in 1978. Since 1979 he has lived in Italy. He has taught in Naples, Siena, Verona and, since 1981, in Venice. He is now Associate Professor of American Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His academic publications include a book on American narrative poetry, a book on Byron’s Venice, a co-edited anthology of American poetry about Venice and numerous articles on British and American literature. He has written the sightseeing pages of the Time Out Guide to Venice.
He is non-fiction editor for the journal Able Muse Review and is responsible for the section on British poetry of the Italian poetry journal Semicerchio. He has translated widely from the Italian. He has also published four thrillers set in England and Italy; his fifth novel, Ascension, set in 18th-century Venice, will be published by Polygon Books in September 2015.
In his lecture "Venice Today: City of Culture or Mass-Tourism?", Gregory will present the problems facing this beautiful but fragile city, still medieval in its structures and even its transport system, in the age of mass tourism.
Hugh Ellwood was educated in the classics and went to university in Rome to study philosophy. It was here that art and history became a reality and after four years he returned to Manchester to study architecture. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK. For 21 years he was a partner in the practice, working on housing, school and hospital projects such as the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and the New General Infirmary at Leeds.
For some years Hugh was an external examiner in Architecture at the University of Manchester as well as a visiting lecturer in the history of art and architecture at the University of Central Lancashire. He has also lectured extensively to various societies and organisations on art and architecture and is a NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) accredited lecturer.
During the 1980s he began to sketch with watercolour as a complement to the pursuit of architecture. He prefers to work in watercolour, ink, pencil and pastel. His subjects are mainly buildings, the landscape and the relationship between the two. He prefers to work outdoors, rather than in the studio.
During the year he spends at least three months with his wife in Switzerland and Italy as well as visiting other places of interest abroad to study, photograph and sketch. The areas of the Italian lakes, Rome and Venice are particular favourites.
Katharine Eustace has degrees in History from the University of St Andrews, and the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. After training at the Victoria and Albert Museum, she worked with outstanding collections of art at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, and the National Portrait Gallery, London, where she was Curator for the Twentieth Century Collections from 2001 to 2004. She was the founder-curator of the Mead Gallery at the University of Warwick from 1982 to 1992. She has been Editor of the Sculpture Journal, published by Liverpool University Press since 2004. Her own sculpture interests centre on British sculpture of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With the purchase of Canova’s Ideal Head (1816) by the Ashmolean Museum in 1996, she researched and curated Canova: Ideal Heads (1997), described by the art critic of the Telegraph newspaper, Richard Dorment as ‘a pocket Venus of an exhibition.' She will be lecturing on Canova and the Elgin Marbles, and Mestrovic: Folk Art into Modernism.
Karen Exell lives in Doha, Qatar, where she is Lecturer in Museum Studies and directs the MA in Museum and Gallery Practice at UCL (University College London) Qatar. She has worked for over 15 years in museums, heritage organisations and universities in the UK and Egypt before moving to Doha, Qatar, in 2011. She has a BA in Egyptology from Oxford University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in Egyptology from Durham University. She also works as an advisor to a number of the new museums in Qatar, including the National Museum.
Karen's research interests include the reception and perception of Egypt in the West, museums and the creation of knowledge, museums in non-western contexts (particularly the Arab region and South Asia), and the production and circulation of art in these contexts. She is currently developing a number of Arabian Gulf-focussed research projects that explore the contemporary cultural landscape in the Arabian Gulf, the impact of energy wealth, modernity, globalisation and engagement with western ideologies. Her work also explores the complex multiple heritages and heritage practices in Qatar and the Gulf and their relationship to the construction of a national heritage discourse. Her recent publications include Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices (Ashgate 2014), and the forthcoming volume, Museums in the Arabian Peninsula: Globalisation and the Politics of Representation (Routledge 2015).
For many years, he was the responsible partner for the Legislative and Public Policy group in the Washington-based firm Arnold & Porter. He was involved in major legislative proceedings dealing with auto safety issues, revision of national standards for copyright protection for the Recording Industry and professional sports as well as Congressional hearings defending officials of the Clinton Administration, senior officials of major universities, and corporate leaders under fire from the Congress.
For 25 years Mr. Fitzpatrick represented art dealers, museums, and collectors in legislative and judicial proceedings establishing fundamental rules of law ast at federal and international level, relating to the movement of antiquities and cultural properties around the world. He has taught a course at the Georgetown Law School entitled “Indiana Jones and the Elgin Marbles”, dealing with the legal system relating to cultural properties.
Mr. Fitzpatrick received his law degree from the Indian University Law School. He read economics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and taught at the London School of Economics and Trinity College Dublin. He has been a central player in the 1990s “Culture Wars” in which critics attempted to shut down federal support for the National Endowment for the the Arts. Those battles were fought in the Congress, the Courts, and the press. Mr. Fitzpatrick has led a number of civil rights, civil liberties and human rights organizations pressing for essential liberties under the law.
Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at King’s College London. After a short career in shipping, with Ocean Transport and Trading plc, she took her doctorate at Oxford in 1988. She then held posts at Cambridge, Durham, and Oxford University, where in 1996 she founded the Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama, of which she remains Consultant Director. A cultural historian, she has been deeply involved in the study of the ancient theatre, as well as acting as a Consultant for productions of ancient plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Edith loves to share her love of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds with the general public, and appears regularly on BBC Radio. She has given many guest lectures, at the British Museum, the Wellcome Institute, the National Theatre, the Berlin Volkstheater, and at the Universities of Sydney, Stanford, UCLA, USC, UCSB, Colorado, Northwestern, Chicago, Ohio, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Swarthmore, Maryland, NYU, and Columbia. In April 2014, she has been invited to give the first lectures on Western ancient history ever at Zhejiang University in China.
Her books include studies of the way ancient Greeks saw other cultures (Inventing the Barbarian(1989) and Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars (2007)), and studies of ancient theatre (Greek and Roman Actors (2002), Greek Tragedy (2010). Two of her books study ancient myths of travel: The Return of Ulysses (2008) and Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris: Euripides’ Black Sea Tragedy(2012). She is particularly interested in the use of ancient ideas in modern political history, for example in Ancient Slavery and Abolition(2011) and India, Greece and Rome(2010). Her Introducing the Ancient Greeks, 1600 BC to 400 ADwill be published by Norton and Bodley Head in 2014.
Edith’s Personal Website: http://www.edithhall.co.uk/
Dr James Hamilton is an authority on the painter J. M. W. Turner and the culture of nineteenth-century Britain and Europe. He has been a popular and entertaining lecturer previously for Voyages to Antiquity, and on this voyage will speak lucidly on Turner and his lifelong passion for Italy and the sea, and on volcanoes as a subject for art.
His acclaimed biography Turner - A Life (1997) was followed by a series of major Turner exhibitions including Turner: The Late Sea Paintings, Turner’s Britain and Turner and Italy, as well as Volcano: from Turner to Warhol.
He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, having been Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and has broadcast on radio and television in the UK, Europe and Japan.
Denise Heywood is a lecturer, author, journalist and photographer. She worked in Cambodia as a journalist for three years, and has also worked in France and America.
Now based in London, she is a lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS), for the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) on their post-graduate Asian Art Course and for Madingley Hall (University of Cambridge). She has lectured all over Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe for organisations such as The British Museum, The Art Fund, The Royal Society for Asian Affairs, Asia House, The National Trust, The Wallace Collection, Farnham Castle Centre for International Briefing, Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore and universities, museums, colleges, schools, art institutions, literary societies and travel organisations including the Royal Geographical Society.
She has written a book on the Buddhist temples of Laos, Ancient Luang Prabang, and her latest one is on Cambodian dance, Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods, with a foreword by Princess Buppha Devi, daughter of King Sihanouk.
She has led art tours to Southeast Asia and France for The Art Fund, The Royal Academy, The Scottish Royal Geographical Society, Asia House, Art Treasures Tours for Cox and Kings, Trustees of the Asian Art Museum San Francisco, Specialtours and British Museum Traveller.
Denise is a member of The Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom, Asia House, The Anglo-Indonesian Society, The Cambodian Society in the United Kingdom, La Societe des Amis de Champa and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
James Higginbotham, Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host, is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and holds a PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. His scholarly interests focus on ancient Greek and Roman colonies, as well as the social history of the late Roman Republic. Jim was a regular member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the recipient of several fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays Research Grant to Italy and the Oscar Broneer Fellowship in Classical Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome.
In addition to teaching courses in Archaeology and the Classical Languages, Professor Higginbotham has excavated Classical sites in Greece, Israel, and Italy, where he has been Field Director of the joint University of Michigan-Bowdoin College excavations at Paestum since 1993. In his capacity as Curator for Ancient Art, Professor Higginbotham oversees the collection of antiquities housed in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. He has lectured on many educational voyages in the Mediterranean and Black Seas since 2004, including "Sicily is the Key to Everything" aboard Aegean Odyssey in 2010.
His recent publications include Ars Antiqua: Treasures from the Ancient Mediterranean World at Bowdoin College (Brunswick, 2005), Piscinae: Artificial Fishponds in Roman Italy (Chapel Hill, 1997), and contributions in J.G. Pedley and M. Torelli’s The Sanctuary of Santa Venera at Paestum I (Rome, 1993).
Professor David Horner is one of Australia’s leading historians. As Professor of Australian Defence History at the internationally renowned Australian National University, he is considered Australia’s premier military historian with an international reputation for military history and strategic analysis.
David has researched different topics on military history relating to Malta, Tunisia and Spain, and he visited Morocco while researching a book on peacekeeping, published in 2014. David’s career began as an infantry officer in the Australian Regular Army. As a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, he saw active service in Vietnam. After 25 years’ service in the Australian Regular Army, he became an academic. As an Army Reserve Colonel, he was the first Head of the Australian Army’s Land Warfare Studies Centre.
He has a Master’s degree from the University of New South Wales, and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for military history study overseas. He received the Crawford Prize for excellence for his Doctorate in history and strategic studies at the Australian National University. He is the author/editor of 32 books and numerous articles on military history, strategy and defence. For eighteen years he was general editor of the Australian Army’s Military History Series and has written for prestigious American historical publications. He has been historical consultant for several television programmes.
David continues to write books as the Official Historian for Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations, as well as for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. He is a Member of the Order of Australia for services to higher education in the area of Australian military history and heritage as a researcher, author and academic. He has experience lecturing on cruise ships from the Cunard, Holland America, P&O, Orion, Scenic, Seabourn, and Silversea lines.
After graduating in Latin and Ancient History at Exeter University and a career in BBC Television, Gillian became deeply involved in archaeology. As an author, historian, archaeologist, tour guide and NADFAS accredited public speaker of considerable experience and astonishing range, the Reithian mantra of ‘educate, inform and entertain’ remains central to her work; she specialises in lively, passionate and engaging history that connects with our lives today, enabling audiences to relate to archaeology and to find depth and colour in our modern lives through the past’s continuing influence on us today.
She has lectured to audiences including the national media, Classical Associations, art galleries, museums and literary festivals and her books include Visiting the Past: finding and understanding Britain’s archaeology and Roman Britain, while Latin All Around Us: Why the Romans still matter today is due out in 2014 (CUP) and she is currently working on her next book on the History of the Mediterranean. She also shares her love of ancient history by teaching Latin and Roman History to adults and by continuing to work with community archaeology projects. She embraces all media for spreading the word about archaeology and was most recently heard on Radio 4.
To read more about Gillian's work, visit her blog: www.muddyarchaeologist.co.uk
Philip Hurst is a very popular lecturer on world affairs, geopolitics and modern history, based in Spain. After several decades practising in the stratospheric regions of international law, his focus is now history, with a particular interest in modern states in transition, from colony to independence and from dictatorship to democracy, Imperial history, and the geopolitics of the First World War.
Formerly Deputy Director of The Australian Institute of International Affairs in Canberra, and Counsel at The World Bank in Washington DC, Philip is a distinguished Anglo-Australian international and constitutional lawyer. In the course of his diverse career he practised in New York, Washington DC, and London, having been an English solicitor, a member of the New York and California Bars, and a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia.
Born in England and educated in Australia at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University, he completed post-graduate studies in law and international relations in the United States at the University of Virginia. Philip has worked in many of the world’s most remote and exotic countries, having visited well over 100 nations. He has a special expertise in India (after more than 40 visits), the Middle East (having made 16 visits to Iran since the Islamic Revolution), and several South American states as well as Southern Africa and South-East Asia.
Since withdrawing from legal practice, Philip devotes his time to lecturing at sea, historical research and writing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London (F.R.G.S.), and now lives in Zahara de la Sierra, near Seville, Spain.
Glen Johnson is Professor Emeritus at Vassar College where he was the Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of Political Science and International Relations. He joined the Vassar faculty in 1964 and served as Chair of the Political Science Department and founding Director of the International Studies Program. He was Acting President of Vassar College in 1997 and again in 2003.
Professor Johnson is the author and co-author of several books and a number of articles on US foreign policy, international human rights, India’s foreign policy and ex-untouchables. He has been a Fulbright scholar in India twice, first at Poona University and later for three years as Director of the American Studies Research Centre in Hyderabad from 1990-93. Early in his career he spent a research year at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London.
After retiring from Vassar, he spent two years at the American University in Cairo, Egypt as Distinguished Visiting Professor and Executive Director of the Center for American Studies and Research. For the last three years he has served as academic facilitator for the Fulbright-Nehru Seminar in Higher Education. In 2013 he was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal for his work in human rights and international understanding. With his wife, Sipra Johnson, Associate Professor Emerita of Anthropology at SUNY, New Paltz, he has led several educational tours of India for the Vassar College Alumnae/i Association and two for the National Geographic Society.
Professor Johnson did his undergraduate work at Georgetown College in Kentucky and earned his MA and Ph. D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sipra Bose Johnson is Associate Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She was a member of the New Paltz faculty for more than 30 years during which time she also served as Special Assistant to the Academic Vice-President for a five-year term. In 1973 she was a visiting lecturer in the residential college program at Yale University. She also spent a year doing research in London at the Institute for Race Relations and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.
She is the author of several articles dealing with Indian women and with ex-untouchables in India. She has lectured widely in India and the United States on these subjects and others. Since retiring from New Paltz she has conducted courses and given guest lectures in the Center for Lifetime Studies, a non-credit program for senior citizens sponsored by Marist College in Poughkeepsie. She has also served as a resource person conducting workshops on coping with diversity for the LEADD program of the Interfaith Alliance in various venues throughout the country.
Born in India, she immigrated to the United States with her family when she was eleven years old. She received her high school education in Chapel Hill, NC and did her undergraduate work in international relations at the University of North Carolina where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and to the Order of the Valkyries, the highest honorary for women at the University. She earned her M.A. in anthropology at Columbia University. With her husband, Glen Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Vassar College, she has led several educational tours of India for the Vassar College Alumnae/i Association and one for the National Geographic Society.
Old Roedeanian, Jasleen Kandhari is Lecturer and Tutor of Asian art history and textiles for Oxford University's department of Continuing Education, contributing editor of Indian textiles for the Textiles Asia Journal and an accredited lecturer of Asian Art for NADFAS-the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.
Formerly Curator of Asian collections at the University of British Columbia, Museum of Anthropology in Canada, she has also worked for the British Museum and the British Library in curatorial and research positions. Jasleen is an expert in the artistic heritage of South Asia for which she attended the University of California Santa Barbara Punjab studies programme having attained her Masters degree in Asian art history on scholarship from Sotheby's Institute of Art and her Bachelors degree in Asian art history with Asian music from SOAS, University of London.
She has extensive lecturing experience at museums, universities and art societies including University of Oxford's museum of art - the Ashmolean Museum, the University of British Columbia in Canada, the British Museum, British Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, Asia House, Fashion and Textiles Museum, SOAS-University of London, the Oxford Centre of Buddhist Studies, the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies, National Museums Liverpool and the National Museum of Textiles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
She has published several academic articles in the field of Asian art and textiles including the Apollo, Burlington, Asian Art, Textiles Asia, British Museum magazine & Journal of Museums Ethnography. She is a first soprano and is proficient in playing the Javanese gamelan and Korean drums. More info on her blog: https://travellingarthistorian.wordpress.com/
Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, film maker, photographer and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. Allan has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Venetian art, Byzantine art, and is an expert on the art and architecture of the island of Cyprus. Allan has written the definitive guidebook to the little known region of north or ‘Turkish Cyprus’, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made a documentary film on the architecture and history of the medieval Cypriot city of Famagusta, The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008).
Allan teaches art history UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara. He lectures often in Italy, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. Allan is currently working on a book on Palermo, Sicily called Palermo: Travels in the White City.
Eve MacDonald is a British-Canadian archaeologist and ancient historian who teaches and does research on the Ancient Mediterranean. Along with Greeks and Romans she has a particular interest in Carthage and all things Carthaginian. She will be publishing her first book, Hannibal: A Hellenistic Life, in November of 2014 (Yale University Press) and is currently working on an archaeological history of the site of Carthage (Bloomsbury). Eve has taught at the University of Edinburgh and is currently teaching at the University of Reading.
Eve’s love of the Mediterranean and the Ancient World extends east and west and she has excavated in Italy, France, Tunisia, Iran, and is currently working on a project in Georgia. Her broader interests lie in the way cultures have been remembered and how the ancient world is reflected in the modern. She has lectured and guided trips in the Middle East, Turkey, Aegean, Italy, Sicily and North Africa for over 15 years while she continues to research and teach. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for and knowledge of the material culture of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Carthaginians and believes it is only by getting out and viewing the lay of the land that we can perceive the ancient world most clearly.
Dr. Thomas Mannack is Reader in Classical Iconography at the University of Oxford where he teaches Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and has taught Greek Art at King's College, London. He is an internationally known expert on Greek figure-decorated pottery and studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and European Archaeology in Kiel, Heidelberg and Oxford. He gained a first class doctorate at Kiel University. Dr Mannack has published books and papers in English and German on Greek pottery, Greek sculpture, and the reception of ancient art.
He has been invited to present papers by many universities and academies including New York, Berlin, Tours, Brussels, Munich, Copenhagen, Vienna, Basel and Zurich.
In his spare time, Dr. Mannack is passionate about flat German tin figures, which his wife Sigrid hates, and on which he has published two scholarly article, just to irk her. His daughters, Lilith and Fidelis, have rejected the refined and beautiful field of Classical Archaeology in favour of “Science”, but are occasionally willing to accompany him on cruises (and paint toy figures better than him).
As an ornithologist and research ecologist Peter has travelled widely and is a regular and highly successful cruise ship lecturer. Peter’s interest in the environment and ornithology in particular was encouraged during his schooldays at Sedbergh.Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit South-East Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua. Subsequently he was to organise and lead his own expeditions to the Shetland and Faeroe Islands and was awarded a grant whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge University to extend his studies to Arctic Scandinavia. Such was his skill and expertise that he received his licence and has been ringing birds for well over fifty years.
He went on to teach, working in England (Marlborough, Shrewsbury and St John’s School, Leatherhead) and Scotland at The Edinburgh Academy culminating with his final appointment as Headmaster of Lancaster Royal Grammar School where he spent eighteen very happy and successful years. Peter is currently researching the environmental impact of changing patterns of agriculture of the birds of the Western Dales, working in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Environment Agency.
He is now in great demand to speak to enthusiasts from the RSPB, Scottish Ornithologists Club and regional Wildlife Trusts. In common with many teenagers Peter was faced with choices and although he finally decided to follow a science route into teaching his other love is music and playing the cello. He has pursued this from his schooldays playing now with a number of orchestras in North West England.
In recent years Peter has enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with passengers on a range of cruises vising places as far flung as Polynesia, the Amazon, Central America, New England, the Atlantic Islands, Iceland, , Greenland, the White Sea, Baltic and Mediterranean, SE Asia East Africa and the Indian Ocean. His talks which include top quality illustration and sound and video clips are both entertaining and informative. When not lecturing Peter welcomes the opportunity to enhance passengers’ experiences of the wildlife around them out on deck, with on-board commentaries and on tour from the ship.
Jaclyn Maxwell earned her Ph.D. in History and the Program in the Ancient World at Princeton University. She is currently Associate Professor in the Departments of History and Classics/World Religions at Ohio University (Athens, OH). Her research focuses on the social, intellectual and religious changes during the Late Roman Empire (~300-500 CE), with a particular interest in areas that are today Turkey and Syria.
Her first book, Christianization and Communication in Late Antiquity: John Chrysostom and his Congregation in Antioch(Cambridge University Press in 2006) examined the social context of Christian preaching in the Roman Empire. Her teaching ranges from ancient Greece and Rome to thematic courses on World Religions that include contemporary events and problems. On our cruise in April 2015 she will be speaking on: 'The Shared History of the 'East' and 'West', and 'Pagans, Jews and Christians in the Ancient World'.
Peter Medhurst’s work as singer, pianist and lecturer-recitalist has taken him all over the world, and in the last few years he has toured New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and made frequent tours in Europe, giving performances in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Salzburg, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris and Spain.
Closer to home, he has presented events at the Barbican, St John’s Smith Square, and the Royal Festival Hall on Beethoven String Quartets, Mozart Operas, Vermeer’s Music Lesson, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Golden Age of Vienna, and 18th Century Venetian Art and Music.
He has also directed presentations at the Wallace Collection, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A, linking the visual arts with the world of 17th & 18th century music making.
He is a familiar face to audiences of music societies, regional theatres and British festivals as well as to those of arts based organisations such as The Art Fund, The National Trust. He is also a NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) accredited lecturer.
Over the years Peter Medhurst has lectured for the universities of Kent and Surrey, directed a wide range of choirs, vocal ensembles and instrumental groups, and adjudicated and given masterclasses for the British Federation of Music Festivals.
Peter is director of The Classical Music Company, and part of the triumvirate – with television director David Coleman and television producer Sheridan Dudley – that has formed Blue Thread Medhurst Productions. The organisation promotes special musical events, creates films about the arts, produces recordings and organises specialist music tours to unusual locations both at home and abroad.
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Matthew Nicholls read Classics at Oxford University (St John's College) before staying on for a doctorate and a research fellowship at The Queen's College. He is now an associate professor of Classics at the University of Reading, specialising in Roman history. He is particularly interested in the way buildings and cities functioned in the ancient world, and how architecture shaped people's understanding of their identity and environment.
Matthew enjoys bringing his enthusiasm for ancient places to a wide audience. He frequently gives public lectures and has worked on BBC TV and radio programmes about the city of Rome, empresses, Roman Scotland, ancient libraries, and much else. His short '30-Second' guide to the Romans will be published by Barnes and Noble in August 2014, and he is also working on a book on ancient Rome for Cambridge University Press. This will be illustrated with pictures from the enormous, detailed digital model of the city that he has built over the last five years, which recently won him the Guardian's prestigious national Higher Education Award for Teaching Excellence.
His other research includes work on books and libraries in the ancient world, particularly the Roman empire. He enjoys travelling to the Mediterranean to visit ancient sites at least once or twice a year, knowing from his own experience that seeing ancient sites first hand adds enormously to our understanding of history.
John Osborne graduated in Classical subjects at Cambridge University and taught Latin and Greek language and Ancient History – now revamped as Classical Civilization - for over thirty years at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, where he was Senior Master. His main interests are in Roman imperial history and the architecture of religious buildings.
He worked for several years teaching English for the British Council in Iran and Turkey, which gave him a now long-standing interest in Islamic culture as well as the ancient civilizations of these two countries.
Since 2015 he has lectured regularly for NADFAS – the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies – in the UK and abroad, including Australia and New Zealand. He has run courses on Ancient Rome and on Islam at the University of Bath, runs an annual course on Mediaeval Parish Churches at Marlborough College Summer School and guides at Salisbury Cathedral.
He has lectured on classical tours to Italy, Greece and Tunisia and has also led specialist tours to various countries in SE Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, including Croatia, Romania and (especially) Bulgaria, where he runs his own cultural and historical tours. He has taught himself Bulgarian and is writing 'A Traveller’s History of Bulgaria'. He and his wife, Karen, have led several highly successful tours to Turkey and Iran in recent years and took a group to Georgia in 2014.
Lord Palmer of Childs Hill OBE BA FCA; also known as Lord Monroe Palmer. Monroe sits in The House of Lords, and was appointed as a Life working Peer in January 2011. He leads on Defence for the Liberal Democrats in The House. He also speaks regularly on the Middle East, on Local Government, and on Taxation.
Lord Palmer spent his career as a partner in firms of Chartered Accountants. He contested five General Elections for the Liberals and then Liberal Democrats. He was joint Treasurer of the Liberal Party in 1977-83.
He was a Councillor in the London Borough of Barnet since first elected 1986 to his retirement in 2014. He is married to Lady Susette Palmer, who will also be joining us on this cruise, and has three children and seven grandchildren.
His talk on board in August will be a light-hearted look at The House of Lords and The Palace of Westminster.
Following a period as assistant to sculptor John Chamberlain, Dr. Richard Patterson moved from California to the United Kingdom in 1969. He studied architecture at Cambridge University, the Architectural Association in London and Princeton University and has been a registered architect since 1979. As a practicing architect, he has been responsible for various commercial, residential and urban projects in the City of London, and in London Docklands. He set up his own practice in 1990 for works to London properties for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, including the embassy and ambassador’s residence. His PhD was awarded for his research in architectural semiology, which considered the iconography of European gardens from the 16th and 17th centuries, including the Hortus Palatinus at Heidelberg.
His subsequent interests have covered a variety of literary and rhetorical sources for architectural concepts and principles. His keynote presentation to the Royal Academy Forum in London, the ‘Metamorphosis of Tragedy’, was latterly published as the Tragic in Architecture . Most recently, he has acted as Rapporteur for Charles Jencks’s RA forum on ‘Radical Postmodernism’. His present interests continue to focus on the analysis of formal systems in architecture. His most recent publication, in the anthology Architecture and Justice, he was concerned with the origin of the concept of neutral space.
He has lectured for many years on professional architectural courses in the UK, retiring as Deputy Head at the University of Brighton’s School of Architecture. He has worked as consultant to the FCO in preparing and running seminars on land law, planning and development for Riga City Council in Latvia, and presently advises on the prescription and validation of professional qualifications in architecture in the European Community, including periods in Krakow and Dublin. On board Aegean Odyssey he will be lecturing among other topics on the comparison between European and Sub-continent principles of architectural composition. He will be accompanied by his wife Caroline a Social Anthropology graduate from Rutgers University and The School of Oriental and African Studies, where her primary interest lay in the shadow puppetry of Java and Bali. She is currently a practicing abstract artist.
Kenneth Perkins received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He is a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, where he has served on the faculty since 1974 and teaches courses on Islamic civilization, the history of North Africa and the Middle East in the Islamic Era, and U.S. relations with the Middle East. A frequent traveler to the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Perkins has conducted scholarly research in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, and Sudan.
He is the author of Qaids, Captains, and Colons: French Military Administration in the Colonial Maghrib, 1844-1934; Port Sudan: The Evolution of a Colonial City; Tunisia: Crossroads of the Islamic and European Worlds; and A History of Modern Tunisia; as well as numerous articles, book chapters, book reviews, and encyclopedia and other reference entries. He is currently working on a book examining the social, economic, and political impact of Western travelers in North Africa from 1870 to 1939.
Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of numerous books on the crusades, most recently Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades which was published by the Bodley Head to very positive reviews and selected as a ‘History Book of 2009’ by The Sunday Telegraph.
Phillips’ previous monograph The Second Crusade: Extending the Frontiers of Christendom, was strongly praised by reviewers in Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, and his earlier The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople was shortlisted for the Hessell-Tiltman Literary Prize 2005.
His current research interests centre upon the involvement of the Italian cities of Pisa, Genoa and Venice in the crusades. This will lead to a monograph, associated articles, as well as an introduction to a translation of the texts of Caffaro of Genoa (with Martin Hall).
Over the last eighteen months Phillips has given invited conference papers and lectures in Damascus, Istanbul, Malta, St Louis USA, Cardiff, Denmark. Professor Phillips has appeared in numerous television and radio programmes, most recently on Channel 4's 'Back from the Dead: Crusaders' and BBC Radio 4’s 'Start the Week' to discuss Holy Warriors. He is currently filming a major 6 part series 'The Road from Christ to Constantine' which he will present. He was the consultant and an interviewee in Channel 4’s programme on the Crusades in 2009, in Boris Johnson’s BBC2 programme 'After Rome' (2008), and the consultant and lead presenter for the History Channel’s 'Crescent and the Cross' (2005). A co-editor of the academic journal, Crusades, he also co-chairs the Crusades and Eastern Mediterranean seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, London.
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David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.
David has spent many years working in the countries of Africa south of the Zambesi. From 1976 to 1989 he was the director of a multi-disciplinary team of up to twenty scientists from several universities researching the effects of climatic change on human evolution in Africa. He was based in Swaziland, during which time he also oversaw the building of the Swaziland National Museum and where he eventually became Director of Antiquities.
David has been associated with the eastern Mediterranean – Greece, Turkey, Jordan and the Near East for more than 40 years. He is deeply involved with all aspects of Near Eastern culture, history and archaeology.
David has just retired after thirty seven years lecturing on the Archaeology of Western Asia (Eastern Mediterranean) at the Institute of Archaeology for the University of London Extra Mural Department. He is the author and co-author of numerous academic papers on the area. David has designed and lectured on many tours to Greece, Turkey and the Near East and is very familiar with the archaeological sites in the area. David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an elected member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and a life member of the Southern African Quaternary Research Association. He speaks Turkish and reads Classical Greek.
Joshua Pugh Ginn is an ancient historian specialising in the Roman Republican period and its perception in later historiography. He is currently in his final year of doctoral research at Selwyn College, Cambridge, looking at the presentation of earlier Roman history in the 'Parallel Lives' of Plutarch. He focuses on questions of Graeco-Roman cultural interaction and the role of moralising and narrative in the telling of history, and also teaches on topics such as the Punic Wars.
He has travelled extensively around the ancient sites of the Mediterranean in the past, including a spell working on board the Aegean Odyssey during a gap year. Since 2014 he has also been involved in co-ordinating the Classics summer school run by the Sutton Trust, an educational charity. Joshua recently captained Selwyn College, Cambridge, on University Challenge, a well known British TV quiz show.
Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From 1989 -2001 he was Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC responsible for all their television and radio programmes nationally and locally. During this time, he spent much time in the United States, brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia.
In 1997 he was personally awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council for Christians and Jews for his contribution to Inter Faith understanding. He has First Class Degrees in Theology and in History and Politics which helped fuel his passion for the study of world religions and the way in which they impact on the ancient and modern worlds. He was one time Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Education at Manchester University.
Dr Paul Roberts has just taken a position at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, having previously been a Senior curator in the Department of Greece and Rome and Head of the Roman collections at the British Museum. He is interested generally in the art and archaeology of the Roman world but his research focuses on the material, day-to-day lives of ordinary people. He has been the driving force behind the major exhibition "Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum", providing an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.
Dr Roberts' particular research interests include Roman glass, pottery and bronze, trade, Pompeii and Herculaneum and the mummy portraits of Roman Egypt. More broadly he is interested in the Roman Mediterranean and has taken part in excavations in Greece, Libya and Turkey.
He has excavated widely in Italy and is particularly interested in the history and archaeology of Rome, the Bay of Naples and Sicily. Paul studied at Cambridge University, then lived and studied in Italy for six years before returning to studies at the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford. He has been with the British Museum since January 1994.
Joyce grew up in Brazil and Mexico, then moved to the States and obtained a PhD in Medieval History from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was endlessly curious about what shapes people’s actions, and thus focused on the history of religion and aspects of social history, like the history of sexuality. Joyce was an award-winning teacher at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. When she retired, she could indulge her twin passions of writing books and giving lectures all over the world.
Joyce is an author of more than ten books, including a best-selling western civilization textbook, "The West in the World", and other non-fiction books on history and religion, including "The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages", "The Blood of Martyrs: Unintended Consequences of Ancient Violence" and the award-winning "Perpetua’s Passion: Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman". She is currently writing a biography of the Roman Empress Galla Placidia, weaving theology and daily life into the narrative.
Joyce has appeared on Public Television, Public Radio, and has circumnavigated the world twice teaching on Semester at Sea’s ship, the MV Explorer. She has also lectured on many commercial cruise ships.
Since 2006 she has sailed around the world teaching on Semester at Sea through the University of Virginia, and has spent a good deal of time in Southeast Asia teaching history and cross-cultural religion. Through these educational travels, she has had the opportunity to observe the many changes that have taken place in these countries through the rapid pace of globalization. She has also noted the deep continuities in religion and culture as the various strains of Islam and Buddhism are expressed throughout the region. She will bring these insights – as well as her personal experiences -- to her lectures.
Andrew Schofield is an ecologist and was born in Farnborough in 1956. He has lived in Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania and now lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Conservation has been the theme of his life with influences by many wonderful people that he has met over the years, starting with his God father who was the National Parks field officer for Nigeria and who took him as a young boy to see the herds of Elephants in the bush to the turtles nesting on the beaches.
Andrew has created wildlife reserves in areas that have not had game on them for hundreds of years. He has collected and translocated species like Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah and Lion and successfully habituated them to the new reserves.
Andrew was the first person in the world to release White Lions back into the wild. This was a long and interesting project which had many successes and glorious failures, but now there are free roaming white lions in Africa due to his and his team's perseverance.
These conservation projects have culminated in the form of a book, "White Lion back to the wild" which tells the story of how the White Lions were returned to their natural habitat and how game reserves are created.
Andrew still does conservation work throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands and is a specialist nature guide for people who wish to explore the Fauna and Flora of Africa. A passion for wildlife and photography has taken him all over the world, from the freezing Antarctic to the scorching Sahara, over the years he has been extremely privileged to do research and work in some rather far off places. He is married to Simone and they have two adult children Janet and Adrian.
Gillian studied Classics and Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne before going on to complete a PhD in Classical Archaeology at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by a research fellowship at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Until her recent return to Australia to take up her position at La Trobe University, Gillian was Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Birmingham.
Gillian is currently Director of The Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe, and her research interests are the ancient Greek colonisation of Sicily and Italy, archaeology and art of Greece and Magna Graecia and burial customs, the subject of a book she's currently completing. She is also series editor of the IAA Interdisciplinary Series and co-edited its first volume on children in the past, Children, Childhood and Society. Gillian is also Curator of the IAA Museum, a Research Associate of the Beazley Archive, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
General Stevens completed his military service as the Chief of Personnel of the Australian Army. During his career he served in the Vietnam War and completed appointments as the Commanding Officer of the School of Artillery and Director of Studies of the Australian Command and Staff College. He is a graduate of the Canadian National Defence College.
After leaving the Army General Stevens was appointed to the Repatriation Commission, which administers veterans’ entitlements and oversees Australia’s official commemoration program. He then became the Director of the Office of Australian War Graves. His responsibilities in these positions included the planning and conduct of nationally-televised ceremonies from Turkey and France. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors (Council) of the Australian War Memorial. His interest in history formed the basis of his tertiary studies and played a significant part in these recent appointments.
In addition to his military and public service roles, Paul has also been a member of Australia’s Administrative Review Council, and contributed in an honorary capacity as a Company Director and member of a University Ethics Committee. His interests include reading, learning German, sport, and the three generations of his family.
Dr Richard Thomas has had a career in International Development working as an academic, a consultant and as a long term (1991-2010) staff member of the UKs Department for International Development.
He has worked in all of Anglophone Africa, and much of North Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South and South East Asia. He was, in the late 1980s, responsible for a series of programmes in the ASEAN region which involved extensive travel to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. He subsequently ran training programmes in Singapore, Malacca, Kuching and Port Klang.
Richard has a family connection with Burma: his uncle, who had been a tea planter in Assam, served with the Royal Engineers in Burma in WWII and lived to tell the tale. He has made 3 visits to the region in recent years and so keeps up-to-date with political and economic developments.
Gaynor is a freelance radio and television producer and consultant and trainer on presentation and the press and broadcast media.
She spent 25 years working for the BBC as a Radio 4 presenter and as an award-winning producer of television and radio programmes. She was Head of BBC Radio Wales and was the first Managing Editor of BBC Radio 5, which is a national news and sports channel.
While at the BBC Gaynor was sent to South Africa post-apartheid to train black presenters for SABC. Nowadays she works as a media consultant with Charities, and spends her spare time sailing the high seas or at home with her husband Ernie and beautiful dog, Bertie.
Whilst on board Aegean Odyssey, Gaynor will be running a book club for passengers wishing to learn more about the fascinating sites visited.
Rachel Ward was a Curator (Middle Eastern section) at the British Museum 1983-2000 and Director/Vice President of the Royal Asiatic Society 2002-2008. In 1988 she was co-curator/author of Süleyman the Magnificent at the British Museum, the first major exhibition of Ottoman art in Europe. Other publications include Islamic Metalwork, London, 1993; Gilded and Enamelled Glass from the Middle East (editor), London, 1998; Court and Craft, a Masterpiece from Northern Iraq (an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery), London, 2014.
She is currently working on a Catalogue of the Arab and Turkish Metalwork in the British Museum, on glass excavated on the citadel in Aleppo, Syria, and on an exhibition and catalogue of Islamic metalwork in the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi. Rachel lectures for universities, museums and other groups on the art and culture of the Islamic world. She is a NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) accredited lecturer.
Candace Weddle is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Anderson University, South Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. in classical Art History from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, an M.A. in Medieval Art History from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a B.A. in Classics from Baylor University in her home state of Texas.
As an archaeologist, she has joined teams at several sites including Classe (the Roman Imperial fleet harbor outside of Ravenna), a Neolithic site in the Transylvanian region of Romania, and Princeton University’s Euchaita/Avkat project in north-central Turkey. She was also a member of the Austrian Archaeological Institute’s team excavating the “Temple of Domitian” in the well-known city of Ephesus in Turkey. The recipient of a Fulbright grant and a residential fellowship from the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, she spent a year in Istanbul conducting research and falling in love with that spectacular city.
She has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East and has spoken on a variety of ancient and medieval topics at conferences and as an invited lecturer at universities in the U.S., the U.K., Turkey, and Indonesia. Her current primary research interest is the sensory experience of ancient life, especially the ways in which we can use archaeological and literary evidence to better understand the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and other sensations experienced by worshipers during ancient religious ceremonies.
Brian is the Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and holds professorial positions in the Universities of Manchester and Bristol, UK, and Cork and Dublin in Ireland. He has also held university teaching positions in Canada and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Member of the Energy Institute, and has published over 100 papers and several books. He has made TV appearances in the UK, USA and Far East and presented Radio programmes for the BBC.
Brian gained his PhD in sedimentary geology from the University of Wales far too many years ago to admit to, and in 2004 was awarded a D.Sc. degree in recognition of his global contribution to sedimentary research. He is a consultant to the Oil Industry and several small geological companies, and has lectured on Voyages to Antiquity cruises since 2011. His studies have taken him to Australia, SE Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America which has given him the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for rocks and earth processes with adult education classes, industry personnel and students alike.
In addition to being passionate about Geology, Brian is an ardent Rugby enthusiast [he's Welsh of course !!] and follower of American Jazz.