Expert Speakers

Dr. Gayle Allard, Economics (Segments I and III)

Gayle Allard is a native Californian with a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California and a Master’s in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University. She has spent all of her adult life living in Europe, where she currently teaches MBA students at IE Business School in Madrid. Gayle is frequently cited in international media such as NPR, the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg and others on the Spanish job(less) market, the ongoing financial crisis and how the eurozone can pull out of its current woes. Her main academic research centers on the links between labor market regulations, such as unemployment benefits or firing rules, and productivity, unemployment, youth employment, and other parameters of the macroeconomy. Gayle is a Semester at Sea alumna.

Dr. Giselle A. Auger, APR (Segments I and III)

Dr. Giselle A. Auger is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida and holds an M.A. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Lancaster in England. From the mid-1980s to early 1990s Giselle lived and worked in various parts of England where she also married an Englishman, her husband of 25 years, Andrew. In addition to several academic publications and awards in public relations and ethics, Giselle is the co-author of The Insiders’ Guide to Maine’s Southern Coast (1998, 1999) the writing of which provided a wonderful opportunity to explore and learn about her favorite state in depth. Giselle’s greatest loves are travel and literature and she will be sharing this love through lectures on the voyage.

Lisa Cach, Writing Workshop (Segments I-III)

Lisa Cach is the award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 romantic novels and novellas, ranging across sub-genres from Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, and Chick Lit, to Young Adult. Her novel Dating Without Novocaine was named one of Waldenbooks’ “Best Books of 2002,” and she is a two-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. Cach has used travel to inspire her fiction for decades, and in service to her art she has hiked the foothills of the Himalaya, picked leeches off her legs in the jungles of Borneo, eaten dinner in the childhood home of Vlad the Impaler in Transylvania, and worn out her feet following an ancient pilgrimage route in the southwest of France. She has sailed the Caribbean as a working crew member of a research schooner, and taught writing aboard the MV Explorer on the December 2011 Enrichment Voyage Passage through the Amazon. Her writing workshops will focus on techniques to improve your writing in fiction, memoirs, and travel journals, as well as on getting your writing into print, be it through a traditional NY publisher or by self-publishing in the great new world of e-books. Lisa’s latest novel is ,Great-Aunt Sophia’s Lessons for Bombshells (Simon & Schuster). Visit her online at

John Cerone, Foreign Policy (Segments I-III)

Professor John Cerone teaches public international law, human rights law, and international criminal law and serves as Director of the Center for International Law and Policy at New England Law Boston. He has been a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and a visiting scholar at the International Criminal Court. He was a Fulbright scholar at the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Before joining the New England faculty in 2004, Professor Cerone was executive director of the War Crimes Research Office at American University Washington College of Law, where he served as a legal adviser to various international criminal courts and tribunals. As a practicing international lawyer, Cerone has worked for a number of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, and the International Crisis Group. He also has extensive field experience in conflict and post-conflict environments, such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and East Timor. He has taught courses and given guest lectures in more than 40 countries across all regions of the globe. He is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters on international law, as well as the casebook Public International Law: Cases, Problems, and Texts (with Dinah Shelton and Stephen McCaffrey).

Dr. Betsy Chunko, Architectural History (Segments I-III)

Betsy Chunko completed a BA and MA in literature before earning her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia’s program in Art & Architectural History. Her research interests include late-medieval buildings and decorative arts, with a particular interest in images on the “margins,” or border regions, of churches and cathedrals, as well as manuscripts. She has lived and researched in Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Germany and currently teaches courses on European art and architecture at Bard College in Annadale-on-Hudson, New York.

Dr. Charles Clarkson, Ornithology (Segments I-III)

Clarkson earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia.  Clarkson graduated magna cum laude from the Department of Environmental Science at Mary Washington College and received his Masters from the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Biology, graduating summa cum laude.  Clarkson has received numerous awards for his research in the field of ornithology, including the Thomas Jefferson Conservation Award in 2010 and the Virginia Society of Ornithology Research Grant in 2008.  Clarkson is currently conducting a comparative study of bird populations on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the New York Harbor.  He collects vomit and bird feathers from nestlings as a way to compare the diets of birds from each location and to see how the local environments affect nutritional intake, and ultimately, the overall health of bird populations. The samples also serve as a means for assessing the quality of the environments in which the birds live.

Dr. Elizabeth Colton, Diplomacy (Segments I-III)

Dr. Elizabeth Overton Colton’s career bridges the fields of diplomacy, journalism, scholarship, politics, and education. She has worked in more than 100 countries on six continents and lived in twelve countries.  Her most recent diplomatic assignment was as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.  She also served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in Islamabad, Baghdad, Algiers, Khartoum, Riyadh, Manama, Karachi, and at Main State Department in Washington, D.C., in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science. Before joining the Foreign Service, she was an Emmy-winning journalist for ABC News and other media, including NPR, NBC News, and Newsweek, working in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia and covering foreign policy and diplomacy in Washington, D.C.  She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Peace Corps Volunteer, a United Nations development planner, a university professor, and executive editor of 10 newspapers. She holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She earned Masters degrees at Vanderbilt University and her B.A. from Randolph College. She also spent a year studying at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Her consulting firm, EO Colton & Associates, based in Asheville, N.C. and Washington, D.C., promotes global collaboration in diplomacy, politics, education and the news media.  Dr. Colton currently serves as Adviser and Program Director for the American Committee on Foreign Relations and is on the boards of Reporters Without Borders and the DACOR Organization for Foreign Affairs Professionals.

Dr. Kathleen Dixon Donnelly, Literature (Segment II)

Kathleen Dixon Donnelly has been involved with teaching and the creative process for over thirty years. She holds a Ph.D. in Communications from Dublin City University and an MBA from Duquesne University located in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Donnelly has led informal walking tours of the Left Bank of Paris and organized a tour of Ireland for the 100th anniversaries of James Joyce’s Bloomsday and the Abbey Theatre. As Senior Lecturer in the Business School at Birmingham City University, she has sailed on the Summer 2002 Semester at Sea voyage to Europe, and Summer 2006 voyage to Southeast Asia, as well as serving as an inter-port lecturer on the Summer 2005 voyage. Dr. Donnelly began blogging in 2002 and has published four blooks of her blogs as part of her Gypsy Teacher series chronicling her travels with her Irish husband Tony. She posts updates about the writers’ salons at and on Twitter @SuchFriends.

Ciel Duke, Art Instructor (Segments I-III)

Ciel will provide art workshops such as sketching, water colors, and copper tooling. Recently retired from 25 years of teaching high school art and math, Ms. Duke has launched an active painting career, with recent one-woman shows in Nova Scotia, where she spends several months each year, and gallery showings in Alaska and Arizona. Ciel Duke has shared her art with many audiences, and she has often remarked that “anyone can learn to draw.” After participating in Ciel’s workshops, many participants have come away with a big boost in their artistic confidence and with the feeling that Ciel’s statement just might be true!

Rita Enders, Technology (Segments I-III)

Rita Enders completed her BA and MA at San Diego State University. She teaches computer workshops in Palm Desert, CA, while maintaining an extensive private client base. Her passion for education and travel found were right at home when she first partnered with ISE in 2003. You will see her checking out local food markets, cooking classes, and textile locations to compliment her interests in cooking, weaving, spinning and photography. She is a Palm Desert resident since 1986. Summers are devoted to world travel, her lake home in northern British Columbia, Canada, and continued learning pursuits.

Alexander Goebel, Law (Segment II)

Born and raised in Germany, Alexander Goebel is currently a research and teaching fellow with the Institute of European and International Business Law at the University of St. Gallen HSG, Switzerland. Alexander holds a diploma in Law and Economics from the University of Augsburg, Germany and an MBA from the University of Dayton, Ohio. He has published and lectured on European Union law and his current doctoral research focuses on the impact of corruption in international trade and improved legal enforcement mechanisms to reduce corrupt influence. During his time on the MV Explorer Alexander will speak about law and politics of the European Union. Alexander is a Semester at Sea alumnus and has sailed on the Summer 2009 and Fall 2010 voyages.

Dr. Amy Gorman, Art History (Segment I and II)

Gorman holds a Ph.D. in arts administration & museum education, an MFA in visual arts with an emphasis in digital imaging, photography and installation. She currently works in the museum field as a consultant, and frequently presents her research and theories in publications and at international conferences. Gorman’s current research areas include the impact of museum education on the viewer, which includes assessment of programming, visitor studies, and an examination of how the viewer interacts with the objects and supplemental information provided by the museum. New media in the museum field and implications of teaching studio arts online are also research topics that frequent Gorman’s work. She is also a part of the task force Constructivist Museum Working Group, a collaboration of museum educators applying constructivist techniques in the museum, through research and practice.

Jonathan Myerson Katz (Segment III)

Jonathan Myerson Katz is a writer and reporter. The only full-time American news correspondent stationed in Haiti during the January 2010 earthquake, he stayed on to cover the aftermath and flawed recovery that followed. That fall, he broke the story that UN peacekeepers had likely caused (and were covering up their role in) a massive postquake cholera epidemic that has since killed thousands of people.

Katz was awarded the 2010 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for his work in Haiti, and the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award for The Big Truck That Went By. The book was also selected for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program. Other journalism recognition had included the National Headliners Award, multiple Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club awards, and finalist recognition by the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” In seven years with the Associated Press, Katz also reported from Washington, Mexico City, New York, China, Jerusalem, and across the Caribbean. He has also contributed to Slate, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Gawker, The Daily Beast, and others, and been a frequent guest on radio and television including MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, the BBC, Democracy Now!, and NPR. You can follow him on Twitter (@KatzOnEarth).

George Kembel, Keynote Speaker (Segments I, II, and III)

George is an entrepreneur, investor turned educator and Executive Director and Co-Founder, Stanford He co-founded and now leads the Stanford Passionate about nurturing the creative potential of others, George spends his time working with students, teachers, leaders, and investors to unlock the latent innovative capacity of their teams and organizations.

Under George’s leadership, the has grown from a few projects and a classroom of students to hundreds of projects, thousands of students, and a cutting edge 30,000 sq.ft. facility at the center of campus. George has scaled the’s impact even more dramatically. From a napkin manifesto to a widely recognized leader in innovation and education, the has helped usher in a larger global design thinking movement. Schools and universities around the world are starting programs, and the start-up companies and projects that have spun out of the have already impacted millions of lives.

George’s experiences as CEO, venture capitalist, and now teacher have radically reshaped his approach to leadership. George focuses the on innovators, not innovations. He prioritizes learning over expertise, experimentation over planning, and collaboration over individual excellence. His personal missions include: fundamentally transforming how we educate our children, how we lead our organizations, and how we tackle some of the most significant challenges of our time.

George lives with his wife and three boys in Redwood City, California. He is curious about emergent systems, biologically inspired design, and environments that amplify and guide creative behavior.

Dr. Hugo Kottler, Foreign Language (Segment I)

Born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and raised in Southern California, Dr. Hugo Isidro Kottler has had both an academic and a diplomatic career. He holds degrees in Spanish and linguistics from University of California, San Diego and UCLA, and has a  doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University. He served as a professor of Spanish at California State University at Los Angeles until he was appointed as a Foreign Service officer by the U.S. State Department. His overseas assignments included service at U.S. embassies in Japan, Mexico, and Peru as a cultural attaché and educational exchanges officer, and in Washington as a program officer for the Fulbright Program. He currently teaches humanities and philosophy at Strayer University in Virginia, and continues to consult in international education projects. An avid traveler and story-teller, Hugo speaks 6 languages fluently.

Sharon Leiter, Literature (Segments II, III)

Sharon Leiter has a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan and teaches literature at the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she makes her home. She is the author of two works of literary scholarship, Akhmatova’s Petersburg (University of Pennsylvania Press) and Critical Companion to Emily Dickinson: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work (Facts on File). She has also published three volumes of poetry, The Night Heart Knows Every Word (Main Street Rad), The Dream of Leaving (Main Street Rag), and The Lady and the Bailiff of Time (Ardis). Her poetry has appeared in Atlanta
Review, Cimarron Review, The Georgia Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other journals. She has published fiction and essays and was the recipient of a 1990 Virginia Award for Fiction. She serves as poetry editor of Streetlight, a journal of art and literature for Charlottesville and surrounding areas.

Mary Lendway, Tourism (Segment I)

Mary holds an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the School of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph. She is a seasoned tourism industry professional, has successfully started and managed several travel and tourism businesses, and has traveled throughout the world.  Since joining Humber College in 2007, Lendway has taught a variety of subjects including Tourism Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Niche Tourism, and Sustainable Tourism. In addition to teaching, Mary coordinated the Tourism Management Program for four years and has been a key driver of curriculum development and industry relations. In 2011, Mary was the recipient of the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism Innovation Award for creating, developing, and successfully implementing the Study @ Sea Program in partnership with the Institute for Shipboard Education and Semester at Sea.  As service learning is an integral part of the Study @ Sea experience, Lendway organized and facilitated volunteer service projects in Grenada, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Ecuador.

Rebecca Leonard, International Business (Segment III) 

Rebecca Leonard serves as the Associate Dean for Student Services at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia.  In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she currently teaches University Seminars on Diversity in the U.S. Workplace, Diversity for a Global Economy, and Women in Business.  Prior to the University of Virginia, Rebecca was an Assistant Professor at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina and Mary Baldwin College in Staunton Virginia. Rebecca received her B.S. in Commerce from UVA and her Master’s in Business Administration from Va. Tech and completed coursework toward a PhD in higher-education administration at UVA.  She previously worked in industry as an Area Sales Representative for S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc.  Her administrative responsibilities and research are focused on undergraduate advising, recruitment, retention, and culture and gender diversity and inclusiveness. She has served on the State Board for the Virginia Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education, was a scholarship recipient for Working Mother Magazine Work Life Congress and has been recognized by Ernst & Young with a Diversity and Inclusiveness Excellence Award.

Kristin Luna, Communications (Segments I, II, and III)

Tennessee-based journalist Kristin Luna has worked in the media for more than a decade, after beginning her career in regional Southern newspapers in the late 90′s. She worked for many of the major publishing companies in New York City–Newsweek, Time. Inc, Conde Nast and Wenner Media–and also moonlighted as a red carpet reporter for InStyleGlamourEntertainment Weekly and PEOPLE, interviewing everyone from Tom Hanks to Carrie Underwood. She currently freelances for a stable of magazines, such as Southern Living, Entrepreneur, Robb Report,Cosmopolitan, Redbook and more. In 2007, Kristin launched her award-winning blog, Camels & Chocolate: Tales from a Travel Addict, and through it since partnered with many major companies, from Microsoft to Omni Hotels. She has spearheaded social media campaigns for tourism boards across the globe, taught at 1,000-person digital media conferences and spoken for university journalism classes. Kristin sailed on the Fall 2011 Semester at Sea voyage as the assistant field office coordinator, and this will be her second consecutive spring Enrichment Voyage as the communications coordinator. She will be teaching an intensive travel writing and blogging workshop on Segment III for those looking to break into the industry or fine-tune their writing skills.

Jill Jacobs, Public Speaking Workshop (Segment III)

Jill Rachel Jacobs is a New York based writer, humorist, and commentator whose publishing credits and appearances include Reuters, The NY Times, The LA Daily News, The Huffington Post, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s Morning Edition, and many more. An accomplished singer who trained at The Berklee School of Music and The Boston Conservatory in voice performance, Jacobs holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from Emerson College.  On this Enrichment Voyage, Jacobs’ Public Speaking workshop will offer participants the tools necessary to move from fearfulness to fearlessness when delivering an effective speech or presentation. From preparation and organization to presentation, Jacobs imparts the skills necessary to increase your confidence by guiding you through the process of writing and delivering a speech for any social or business event. Whether your goal is to be funny, poignant, inspiring, or a combination of all three, the focus will be on easy ways to prepare a successful and memorable speech. Through guided imagery, relaxation, centering, and vocal technique, combined with how to choose the right material, participants should easily master public speaking in a supportive and fun environment.

Michael Mariant, Photography (Segments I-III)

Michael “Photo Mike” Mariant is a freelance travel & documentary visual journalist based in California. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography, Michael spent several years working at various daily newspapers primarily as a photographer but also as a page designer and editor. For more than a decade, Michael has been a contract photojournalist for The Associated Press and has shot travel/documentary editorial assignments and stories about social issues. Mariant’s main focus for the past eight years has been studying the cultural communication issues facing photographers while traveling abroad, focusing on the analytical, stereotypical and philosophical battles that emerge when a photographer encounters a “foreign” culture. This had led to practical applications of visual thinking and cultural sensitivity approaches in photography, applied through in-the-field examples, training and lectures to the photographic community. While still taking on travel and Associated Press assignments, Michael now focuses on his cinematography projects, as well as travel workshops for Nikonians Academy and university lecture engagements so as to instruct others on the analytical, cultural and visual approaches to photography and cinematography.

Cassandra McGuiness, International Law & Tourism (Segment II)

Cassandra McGuiness studied law at William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. McGuiness was commissioned as a First Lieutenant into the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps of the U.S. Army. She is an enthusiastic international traveler and has studied abroad frequently. McGuiness studied theatre in London; literature of the Eastern Caribbean on the islands of Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago, and St. Lucia; and participated in a language immersion program in Costa Rica. McGuiness has also traveled extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Central America. Recent adventures have involved hiking in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Canadian Rockies, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, and successfully reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest peak in Africa. While in Tanzania, she traveled throughout Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area, and Lake Manyara National Park on a safari. McGuiness’ class topics combine her legal knowledge with her passion for travel.

Patrick D. McGuiness, Irish History & Politics (Segment II)

Patrick McGuiness is an award winning speaker, author, and attorney. For fifteen years he has studied The Troubles of Northern Ireland and the peace process that followed. He writes and speaks extensively about how law affects horticulture based businesses, and the role which lawyers play in creating and upholding democracy. In addition to being a attorney, McGuiness is a First Lieutenant and Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve and an Adjunct Representation Professor at William Mitchell College of Law. He was the recipient of the Todd Bachman award for innovation in horticultural business, and was selected as one of ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans in 2012 by the Minnesota Jaycees. He serves on the board of directors for multiple community organizations in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is secretary on the board of directors for Hiway Federal Credit Union. An avid traveler and adventurer, McGuiness has visited more than 30 countries. In addition to many other great adventures, he summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, watched the sun rise over the ruins of Tikal, Guatemala, and spent a month living on a Caribbean island with no electricity. McGuiness’ seminars will focus on Northern Ireland’s history, the political street art of Belfast, and the role that lawyers play in democracy. He will also lead two whiskey tastings aboard the ship.

Dr. Jesse Pappas, Social Psychology (Segment III)

Jesse Pappas studied self-insight, intentional self-development, and the role of emotion in self-perception at the University of Virginia, where he received a Ph.D. in social psychology. His dissertation project involved adapting established professional development tools to facilitate the personal and academic success of college students and others. Jesse did his undergraduate work at Virginia Tech, graduating with honors before earning a master’s degree in psychological science at James Madison University (JMU), where he was named the most distinguished graduate student of psychology. As a research fellow in the School of Engineering at JMU, Jesse currently leads efforts to equip future scientists and engineers with the personal and social savvy they need to thrive in today’s complex professional environments. He has a particular interest in cultural antecedents of well-being and has traveled and studied in Europe, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Jesse’s work has been published in such journals as Social Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Personality, and Innovative Higher Education.

Johana Patler, Yoga Instructor (Segments I and II)

Born in California, Johana is a certified yoga instructor in the Sivananda Yoga Tradition and registered as an RYT-500 and RCYT Yoga Instructor (Registered Yoga Teacher and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher) through the Yoga Alliance, which is the national education and support organization for yoga in the United States. She has taught since 2004 in America, the Bahamas, Canada, Italy and Austria where she currently resides. Living, training and teaching yoga & meditation, Johana spent five years in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers as a full time, volunteer staff member. In addition, Johana has certification and expertise in Pre-natal yoga, and received special training in Yoga for Kids and Families through “Rainbow Kids Yoga.” Johana has also assisted during several yoga teachers training courses at various Sivananda Yoga retreats and taught a number of courses for beginners and advanced students of all ages and abilities. Her classes are based on the traditional Sivananda Hath yogapractice, which focuses on balancing and harmonizing the body and mind by combining yoga postures, sun salutations (warm-up exercises), breathing exercises, and relaxation.

Louis Patler, Social Anthropologist and Futurist (Segments I-III)

Award-winning author, speaker, and consultant, Louis Patler is President of the B.I.T. Consulting Group, a strategic and organizational development company. Louis brings pioneering technologies for identifying emerging business and consumer trends, organization culture/integration solutions, and strategic initiatives to Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations and foreign governments. England’s BBC-TV, SKY-TV and Canada’s CBC-Radio praised him as one of America’s new breed of business thought leaders and J. Walter Thompson Agency named him one of “The 20 Most Creative Minds in America.” Louis has held faculty positions at three universities and lectured at schools such as the University of San Francisco, Stanford University and Mendoza School of Business, Notre Dame.

August Petersen, Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship (Segments I-III)

August Petersen has been a senior partner, officer, board member, investor, and consultant to numerous Texas business ventures for over 25 years. In addition, he has been a faculty member at the University of Texas, where he has taught more than 160 undergraduate and MBA courses classes in Accounting, Business Finance, Real Estate, and Strategic Management. Raised in New Jersey, August attended East Central University in Oklahoma on an athletic scholarship. August moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and earned his Master of Professional Accountancy degree with highest honors. Upon completing his Masters, he joined the Austin office of the international accounting firm, Touche Ross. He left public accounting to become a founding partner of The Watson Group, a Texas partnership that became the largest diversified real estate firm in Austin. Over a ten year period, Mr. Petersen had senior management responsibilities for over fifty real estate business entities, development projects and investment properties, the scope of which exceeded several hundred million dollars. His professional and civic involvement led to his selection as a National Finalist in the White House Fellowship program. He has been named as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America, selected to Who’s Who in American Finance and Emerging Leaders of America.

Dr. Eric Rasmussen, MD, MDM, FACP, Sustainability (Segment III)

Dr. Eric Rasmussen is a medical doctor currently serving as Research Professor for Environmental Security and Global Medicine at San Diego State University, as an Affiliate Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, and as Managing Director at Infinitum Humanitarian Systems, a Social Business specializing in vulnerability reduction for systems and populations. He previously spent 25 years in the US Navy with positions that included Chairman of an academic Department of Medicine, Fleet Surgeon for the US Navy’s Third Fleet, Special Advisor in Humanitarian Informatics for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and more than 15 deployments to Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, Banda Aceh, Zambia, Uganda, Israel, Turkey and elsewhere. After retiring from the Navy he spent several years as the CEO of the TED Prize NGO called InSTEDD before accepting his current positions. He has been a Principal Investigator for both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and for the National Science Foundation, and he sits on several boards, including the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Grand Challenges in International Development. In addition to his current corporate and research responsibilities, he serves as Permanent Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Expert Panel on Water Disasters and has several occasional teaching positions, including within the European Union’s Disaster Training Academy in Bonn, Germany and at the Institute for Disaster Preparedness in Beijing, China. He has more than twenty publications and has been awarded a number of personal, unit, and theater military decorations, including a Presidential Legion of Merit. Dr. Rasmussen will present Enrichment Sessions about emerging infections, global slums, and (paradoxically?) a future of abundance. As a former TED speaker he’ll also be moderating the TED Salons at sea.

Dr. David Reis, Religious Studies (Segments I-III)

David Reis holds degrees in Religion from Claremont Graduate University (Ph.D. and M.A.) and History from Creighton University (M.A.) and Santa Clara University (B.A.). He specializes in the study of the social and cultural dimensions of the ancient Mediterranean world, particularly the history of early Christianity. Professor Reis has led students travel courses to Greece and Italy, and his current research project centers on the examination of travel and exile narratives in the Roman Empire. His publications have appeared in a variety of journals, including Studia Patristica, the Journal of Early Christian Studies, The Bible and Critical Theory, and Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses. He has also contributed to Harvard University’s Pluralism Project and is currently a Fellow with the Westar Institute.

Dr. Rocky Rohwedder, Sustainability (Segments II and III)

Rohwedder earned a baccalaureate degree from the University of California, Irvine, an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Department Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University in northern California. Rohwedder is a member of Education Caucus of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, the Research Commission of the North American Association for Environmental Education, and the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication. He has been a consultant in the Middle East Peace Process, led the first group of Peace Corps volunteers to work in the former Soviet Union, served as a Visiting Scholar at the George Lucas Education Foundation, and has taught sustainability-oriented courses on three previous SAS voyages.

Dr. Larry Silver, Art History (Segments II and III)

Larry Silver (B.A. U. Chicago; Ph.D. Harvard) is the Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught formerly at Berkeley and Northwestern, where he won several teaching awards, most recently the Lindback Award, highest honor at Penn. A specialist in old master paintings and prints of Northern Europe, he has published books on Rembrandt, Bosch, Bruegel, and Dürer, and has curated print exhibitions on maps and atlases, mural-sized prints, and early engravings and etchings. He has served as President of his professional organization, the College Art Association, and remains active on various humanities journal editorial boards. Silver has authored a survey of art history, Art in History (scheduled for reissue next year in an expanded edition by Oxford University Press), and he served on a planning committee for a global art history textbook. An avid traveler, he has sailed thrice on fall SAS voyages (2001, 2006, 2012) and twice on summer voyages (2008, 2010). In addition, he has made a wide variety of trips with Alumni Association groups from Northwestern and Penn to both Europe and Asia. Most recently he accompanied his own age group with the Penn Alumni Association on trips to Sicilty and to Turkey, and he plans to go to Peru and the Galapagos late in 2013.

Dr. Robert W. Smith, Geography (Segments I-III)

Dr. Smith advises on all aspects of ocean policies, and on planning and developing strategies for exploring and exploiting offshore resources, including risk assessments. He provides geographic and technical expertise for maritime boundary negotiations and arbitration, offshore jurisdictional claims, sovereignty disputes, and for the development of offshore energy resources.  Previously, he worked for almost 31 years as a geographer for the U.S. Department of State where he was the U.S. government expert on maritime boundary and jurisdictional issues.  He was responsible for the technical and geographical aspects of negotiating U.S. bilateral maritime boundaries and establishing U.S. claims to marine jurisdiction. In this role, he coordinated the U.S. effort to develop technically accurate and precise boundaries and outer limits for the territorial sea, contiguous zone, exclusive economic zone, and the continental shelf. Dr. Smith oversaw and was the principal author of the State Department’s Limits in the Seas studies, in which analyses are given on the state practice of maritime claims and boundaries. He is the co-author of three books on excessive maritime claims, the author of a book on the exclusive economic zone, and the co-editor for three volumes of the American Society of International Law’s International Maritime Boundaries series.  He has extensive teaching experience having taught atGeorgetownUniversity, the Rhodes Academy, Semester at Sea, and George Mason University. He has been an expert witness in both U.S. Supreme Court and international court cases.

Maria Volovik, Dance Workshop (Segments I, II, and III)

Maria Volovik is originally from Estonia and is a professional Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango dancer, competitor, performer with 20 years of dance experience. Being passionate about life and travels from a young age, after becoming multiple times national championship finalist at the, age of 18 Maria moved to Tokyo, Japan to pursue her education in International Communications. Living abroad she continued her dance career, forming partnerships with incredible dancers from Russia, Germany, Argentina and Japan and working as a dance instructor in studios in Chiba and Tokyo. Trained by the world’s best coaches Jaan Siilak, Alan and Donna Shingler, Paul Green she herself has over 8 years of teaching experience and believes that with the right strategy and attitude anyone can learn how to dance. So what would be the right approach? Well, if you think about dance being the most ancient way of celebration it all comes down to having fun and enjoying the process while being persistent! Dance being an engaging and fun form of exercise was one of the reasons why in 2012 Maria got involved with ZUMBA Fitness – a popular workout that over the last few years took over the world. Maria is certified in ZUMBA, ZUMBA Toning and ZUMBA Sentao and has attended an annual ZUMBA Convention in Orlando, Florida in August 2012 and Japan ZUMBA Fitness Conference in December 2012. Maria continues to share a joy of dance everyday while polishing her own skills currently living in Sydney, Australia.

Karol R. Williams, Contemporary Architecture  (Segments I and II)

Karol Williams has over 18 years of architectural professional practice experience concurrent with 12 years of teaching Architecture Design Studios and Architectural Programming at Drexel University, Philadelphia.  Her education includes the Master of Architecture degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and an undergraduate liberal arts degree (Psychology) from Cornell University.  She participated in SCI-Arc’s three-month travel abroad program that culminated in a design studio project at SCI-Arc’s villa in Vico Morcote, Switzerland.  In addition to Switzerland, Karol has traveled and sketched throughout Great Britain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy and Greece.  During the May 2013 Voyage, she will speak about Contemporary Architects and Their Buildings at Port Towns: How Their Designs Reflect the Imagery and Culture of These Ports.

Spencer Weiner, Photography (Segments I and II)

Spencer Weiner is an award-winning visual journalist based in Santa Barbara, California. His 30-year career has allowed him to witness history and intimate moments in regular people’s lives. His academic studies include political science and religious studies at Jerusalem Institute, Israel and fine art photography and photojournalism at the University of Florida. Weiner has documented everything from the impact of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and reconciliation efforts in South Africa to Modern Jazz clubs in Cairo. Weiner states “There’s no economic or sociopolitical boundary I am not interested in crossing, both as a peaceful witness and as a social advocate.” His images have been featured in magazines and newspapers all over the world: in the New York Times regional newspaper group, in the Associated Press in Florida and Georgia, and in the Los Angeles Times for 18 years. In 2004 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting as a member of the Los Angeles Times staff for reporting on the devastating Southern California wildfires. Currently, Spencer is principle of his own Photo Agency, SAW Foto, and a founding partner of JTA News photos, which specializes in Multi-Media Photojournalism. In 2011, he circumnavigated the world as staff photojournalist with  Semester at Sea.