Get “under the skin” of a geography, to see how past shapes present
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A Fellow of the Royal Geographical and Historical Societies, historian David Barnes has enlightened our guests since 1998.
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A professor at the University of Tennessee, historian Tom Heffernan divides his time between New York and Knoxville.
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An expert on archaeology and maritime history, Robyn Woodward is our historian in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
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A native of Athens, historian Ellie Charalamous is a former actress and Hellenic Museum docent.
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Historian Steve Blamires is an authority on the Celtic, Viking, and Inuit peoples.
Our guests are among the most inquisitive and curious of today’s travelers, and our historians ensure you’ll come away with the most comprehensive understanding possible.
Their colorful personalities and passion for history, from the minutiae to the big picture, make them engaging guides and companions. During Recap they’ll prepare you for the next day’s adventures, and as you walk together ashore, they’ll bring to life topics they’ve discussed. Their lectures and on-the-spot commentary turn what might otherwise be a succession of days and events into a holistic narrative. Even in areas as wild as Antarctica and the Arctic, the historical prospective they provide gives you a framework to consider mankind’s relationship to both poles today.
David studied history at the University of York in England and theology at the University of Wales. Research in the field of religious history (at Cardiff) followed on naturally. He has spent most of his professional life teaching history, most recently in adult education departments within the University of Wales where he has taught a wide variety of courses pertinent to the wider Atlantic world. In 1988, he made his first lecture-tour of the U.S. for the English Speaking Union. He has published extensively on Welsh history and topography–his most recent book being the Companion Guide to Wales (2005)–and is a frequent contributor of articles and reviews to Welsh cultural and literary journals. In the1990s, David was active in the field of international education, traveling worldwide and spending a year in the U.S. (in Atlanta and New York City). He speaks English and French in addition to his native Welsh.
Vincent is a professional archaeologist and lecturer who received his B.A. in geography and archaeology and master’s Degree in environmental archaeology from University College, Dublin. Vincent is also nearing completion on his doctorate — his dissertation is concentrated on the utilization of mammals in the Anglo-Norman period in Ireland.
Tom is a native of New York City who has had a life-long passion for travel and exploration. Growing up on the Atlantic Ocean he has always felt at home on the sea. He is a professor of European studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where his principal areas of interest are anthropology of religions and historical philology.
Carol studied medieval history at the University of Glasgow, her native city. She spent many years as an archaeologist in the southeast of England, specializing in medieval ceramics and the conservation of historic houses and gardens. Since 1988 she has lived in a crofting village on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, working as a freelance archaeologist developing the islands’ archaeological and cultural tourism resources.
Lecturing on enrichment cruises in the Mediterranean and Caribbean since 1996 has fueled Robyn’s passion for adventure, discovery, travel, art and archaeology. These diverse interests have carried her through several degrees including a BA in the History of Art from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario; a B.Sc. in Conservation of Archaeological Materials from University College, Cardiff, Wales; a MA in Anthropology (Nautical Archaeology) from Texas A & M and finally her Ph.D. in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University in 2007.
Sean Cadigan is a historian from Newfoundland and Labrador. He completed a Ph.D. in social history at Memorial University in 1991. His doctoral research focused on the social and economic history of the nineteenth-century cod fishery. In 1992, collapsing populations of fish species, particular northern cod, led the Canadian government to declare moratoria on much of the ground fisheries of eastern Canada. This environmental, economic, and social catastrophe had a profound influence on Sean’s research interests, which, in association with collaborative research projects such as Memorial University’s Eco-Research Project, came to focus more on the environmental history of fishing.
Mark Curran taught the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their respective cultures at Arizona State University for 34 years. His studies, travel, research and/or teaching have been in Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, Portugal and Brazil. Curran’s research on Brazil’s folk-popular poetry and its relation to Brazilian erudite literature and history has resulted in 11 books published on the topic in Brazil, Spain and the United States.
Harry W. Fritz is Professor of History and Chairman of the Department of History at The University of Montana in Missoula. He graduated from Missoula County High School in 1956, and attended Dartmouth College (A.B. 1960), The University of Montana (M.A. 1962), and Washington University in St. Louis (Ph.D. 1971). Professor Fritz teaches courses in early American history, American military history, and Montana history.
Dr. Robert Gatten is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in animal physiology. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters on the physiology of exercise, diving, hibernation, and food processing. He served as Head of the Department of Biology and as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences over a period of 16 years. He taught a Freshman Seminar on the Expedition of Lewis and Clark.
Don Popejoy has always loved American History, especially that of the Pacific Northwest. He is currently involved with the Oregon/California Trail Association and his passions extend to the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Don is a member of both organizations and has represented them as a trail guide, board member, newsletter editor, National Membership Chairman, trail marker and preservationist. Don teaches American History, through the Spokane Community Colleges Extended Learning Programs.
Jim Rawls, a native of Washington, D.C., received his B.A. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. His specialty is the history of California, from the advent of the native people to the present. Since 1995 he has served as an historian with Lindblad Expeditions on voyages through the inland waterways of Alta California and the coastal waters of Baja California.
Junius Rochester was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Seattle’s Garfield High School; Whitman College; and Harvard Business School. He is married to Joanne Marie Elliott and is the father of three children.
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