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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.”

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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Here is a sample of the many topics that Russell Lee has lectured about…


Columbus, Rum and Pirates: The Amazing History of the Caribbean
The Caribbean includes more than 700 islands and 30 territories. Learn the history of this fascinating region and its colorful personalities, including indigenous populations, Christopher Columbus, and the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Gold, Earthquakes and Summers of Love: The Wild History of San Francisco
One of the world’s most famous cities began as a small Spanish presidio. The 1849 California Gold Rush turned it into the largest city on the West Coast. Since then, San Francisco has been the site of some of history’s most memorable events, including the 1906 earthquake and fire, and the 1967 Summer of Love.

“A Day That Will Live in Infamy”: The Story of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the American Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Relive the story – and the history – behind this infamous event, which forever changed both countries and the world.


We Took Our Kids Around the World for a Year… and Survived
In 2001, Russell, his wife and their two sons (10 and 8) embarked on a one-year trip around the world. They took one suitcase and one backpack each, walked out their front door, and did not return until twelve months later. Along the way they experienced 9/11, a lot of growing, and a host of unexpected adventures.

We Build an Octagonal House… Without Killing Each Other
After purchasing 50 acres on a mountaintop in California’s gold country, Russell and his wife decided to build an entire house by themselves – without a General Contractor, and without any previous knowledge of house building. Learn how *NOT* to build your own house, and be thoroughly entertained along the way!

Living Through Wildfire… When Your Dreams Go Up in Smoke
Russell and his wife spent 10 years building a mountain home in California’s Gold Country. In 2016, they found ourselves in the middle of the Butte Fire, one of the worst wildfires in California history. Experience a powerful story as Russell relives this adventure.


The Story of the Trojan War
Experience one of the greatest tales of Greek mythology, as recorded in The Iliad and The Odyssey. In a presentation suitable for all ages, learn about the abduction of Helen of Troy, the epic battle between Achilles and Hector, the legendary Trojan Horse, and the 10-year journey by Odysseus to find his way home. You will also learn what modern archaeologists believe about the true history of Troy.

The Search for Longitude
Latitude and longitude are both necessary to determine one’s position at sea. The best way to determine longitude is by knowing what time it is. But old-time mechanical clocks couldn’t function aboard a moving ship. Learn how a thrilling 18th-century Royal competition to solve longitude was solved by a simple clockmaker, and how this led to our modern system of time zones around the world.

The War of the Currents
At the end of the 19th century, America was on the verge of gaining widespread electrical power. Two systems competed for the hearts and minds of the public. On one side was Thomas Edison and his direct current. On the other side was Nicola Tesla and his alternating current. Through a combination of propaganda, politics and outright lies, one man became rich while the other died penniless. Learn what happened in this entertaining presentation.


Magellan’s Voyage Around the World
In 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out with five ships and 260 sailors. Three years later, a single ship with 18 starving crew members returned – without Magellan – after completing the first successful circumnavigation of the globe. What happened in between?

The Antarctic Tragedy of Ernest Shackleton
In 1914, British explorer Ernest Shackleton attempted to travel across Antarctica via the South Pole. His ship, the Endeavor, became stuck and was slowly crushed in the massive ice. Learn how Shackleton’s crew survived this ordeal and escaped without a single loss of human life.

Henry the VIII and the Tudors
Henry the VIII married six times trying to sire a son who would succeed him. He defied the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church, creating legendary personalities including Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas Moore and the future queens, “Bloody” Mary and Elizabeth.


Crossword Puzzles That Will Amaze and Delight You
The first modern crossword puzzle was published in 1913. A century later, crossword puzzles are a worldwide phenomenon. Learn the stories behind some of the most famous and amazing puzzles in history. Sample puzzles will be given out for you to try yourself.

How to Solve Sudoku: Techniques for Beginners
Sudoku puzzles are popular, but can be devilishly challenging to solve. If you have always wanted to try your hand at one of these, you will enjoy this lively and interactive overview of solving techniques. This session is intended for beginners, so no pressure! Prepare to be entertained as well as educated. Sample puzzles will be given out for you to try yourself.

How to Solve Sudoku: Advanced Techniques
Sudoku puzzles are popular, but can be devilishly challenging to solve. If you have some experience but want to advance to the next step, this session is for you! We will discuss advanced techniques such as Naked Subsets, X-Wings and Swordfish. Prepare to be entertained as well as educated. Sample puzzles will be given out for you to try yourself.
I have been delivering inspirational, motivational and enrichment lectures since 2007.

One of my specialties is creating quality presentations on specific topics at short notice. For instance, for a 17-day Princess cruise (Panama Canal), I successfully created 11 45-minute presentations & slides with less than one week's notice.