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EXPERTISE
Creative Writing
History - General
Motivation & Inspiration
Travel & Destinations
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BIOGRAPHY
With a perfect blend of science, humor and storytelling, Russell engages audiences in a way that both entertains and educates. His unique personal approach creates memorable experiences that keep people coming back for more.

Russell is an award-winning science writer and executive speechwriter. He is an accomplished entertainer, educator, lecturer, motivational speaker, actor and stand-up comedian. Adept at taking complex ideas and making them easily understandable, Russell has a proven ability “to tell stories about science… in language your grandmother would understand.”

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Russell has also lectured on his extraordinary personal adventures. He and his wife designed and built their own home on top of a mountain… without killing each other. They traveled around the world for a year with their two young sons… and survived. And they lived through one of the worst wildfires in California state history.

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PRESENTATIONS
Here is a sample of the more than 100 topics Russell has lectured about…

TRAVEL & DESTINATIONS

Christ the Redeemer: How the World’s Most Famous Statue was Built
Pay homage to Rio de Janeiro’s iconic statue and the amazing 10-year story of its construction.

Edinburgh: Fascinating Facts
Be enchanted by the city that was built on a volcano; honored a unicorn; knighted a penguin; and inspired Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and Ebenezer Scrooge!

Music of the Caribbean
Tune in to the various music styles of the Caribbean, beyond calypso and reggae.


HISTORY & SCIENCE

“The Scream” and Its Impact on Modern Culture
Analyze Munch’s iconic art image, its theft and recovery (twice!), and its place in history.

When East Met West: The Laying of the Transatlantic Cable
Go deep into the 19-year effort to lay a cable 2,226 miles long across the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Cathar Wars: The Cruelest of the Crusades
Commemorate a small non-Catholic community in medieval France that was destroyed by the Crusades.


ADVENTURES & EXPLORATION

Heroes of Telemark: How Norway Prevented Hitler’s Atomic Bomb
Relive the untold WWII story of how Norwegian saboteurs stopped the Nazis from building the atomic bomb.

Beyond Braveheart: The Battle for Scotland’s Throne
Step back in time as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and England’s King Edward I fight for control of Scotland.

The Lost Civilizations of the Amazon
Navigate the Amazon rain forests, where forgotten civilizations have been unearthed and a hundred uncontacted tribes still exist.


EXTRAORDINARY LIVES & FAMOUS PEOPLE

The Men Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
Place your bets on the gamblers who outgamed the famous casino. Uncover what they did… and how they did it.

Yasuke: The Incredible True Story of Japan’s First Black Samurai
Master the unbelievable true story of the African slave who became a Japanese Samurai warrior.

The Mystery of Raoul Wallenberg
Investigate the Swedish humanitarian who rescued thousands of WWII Jews, then disappeared after the war.


CREATIVE WRITING

Write and Finish Your Short Story During the Cruise
Develop the tools you need to create and complete your story: characters, dialogue, plot and flow.
[This multi-session lecture series can be lengthened or shortened to suit the cruise. Russell enjoys and encourages further interaction with passengers beyond the lectures.]


MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION

Crossword Puzzles That Will Amaze and Delight You
Sharpen your wits on the most famous puzzles in history. Samples puzzles are provided.

How to Solve Sudoku
Enjoy an overview of beginning and advanced techniques. Sample puzzles are provided.

Is Death a Curable Disease?
Enter the labs of the trailblazing scientists who believe aging is a disease that can be treated and cured.


UNUSUAL & INTERESTING: ADVENTURES OF A LIFETIME

We Took Our Kids Around the World for a Year… and Survived
Russell, his wife and two sons (10 and 8) left home, crossed the ocean, and didn’t return for 12 months.

We Built an Octagonal House… Without Killing Each Other
Russell and his wife built an entire house themselves – with no General Contractor or any previous knowledge of house building.

Living Through Wildfire… When Your Dreams Go Up in Smoke
Russell’ house was in the middle of one of the worst wildfires in California history.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Russell has been delivering inspirational, motivational and enrichment lectures since 2007.

One of his specialties is creating quality presentations on specific topics at short notice. For instance, for a 17-day Princess cruise (Panama Canal), he successfully created 11 45-minute presentations & slides with less than one week's notice.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Sun SU190831 World Cruise 2019 - 2020 Sector 1 14 Greenwich, London Saturday, August 31, 2019
Viking Jupiter JU190714 British Isles Explorer 14 Bergen Sunday, July 14, 2019
Viking Jupiter JU190630 Into the Midnight Sun 14 Greenwich, London Sunday, June 30, 2019
Viking Jupiter JU190425 Along Europe's Western Coast 14 Barcelona Thursday, April 25, 2019