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Angel Rafael Colón is professor emeritus and adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he lectures on the history of western science / medicine and art iconography. He holds graduate degrees in science, medicine and art history and is a member of the Medieval Society, the American Association for the History of Medicine and Knights of St. Gregory. Over 35 years he has delivered humanities and science lectures at universities internationally on six continents and has served as chairman of the NIH Literature Committee. For the past seven years, he has provided enrichment talks aboard Celebrity, Princess, NCL, RCCL, and HAL Grand Voyages x 4.

He has over 175 publications and in addition, together with Patricia Ann Colón, ten books, among them A History of Children: A Socio-Cultural Survey Across Millennia (Westport: Greenwood, 2001), Tincture of Time: A Concise History of Medicine (Charleston: Third edition 2015) and Iconography: An Irreverent Introduction (Ingram Book Group, 2017) which was nominated for the 2018 Kirkus Book of the Year.

His thematic sets of talks focus on art history, the history of science and vectors that have altered world history and are constructed to inform audiences with a facile non-academic approach. Additionally, he has sets of topos talks on geographic areas of the world such as Oceania, the Caribbean, the Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean, North Sea, Baltic Sea, Red Sea and Panama/Suez canals and other worldly sites.

Enrichment talks of Angel Rafael Colón, Professor emeritus and adjunct professor to the Dean at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

A History of Science – 15 talks and has a complementary book available for sale.

1. Life Changing 20th Century Science (Discoveries that significantly affected health and life expectancy).
2. Epidemics that Changed the Course of History (How three pandemics altered the course of human history).
3 & 4. Three “A’s” That Made Modern Surgery Possible Parts I and II (Anatomy, anesthesia, asepsis and the course of surgery)/
5. Science in the Enlightenment (18th century science that influenced physics, chemistry, biology and Darwin).
6 & 7. The Voyage of the Beagle Parts I and II (Darwin’s revolutionary voyage that led to the Origin of Species).
8. Women in the History of Medicine and Science (Forty women who left significant marks in the evolution of science).
9. Plastics and our Oceans (The great Pacific Garbage patch and other atrocities to our seas).
10. Climate Change and the Oceans (How the Oceans have altered the history and science of climate change).
11. The Medieval Arabic Ascendency of Science (The Great Arabic Translational Movement and Science).
12. Shakespeare’s Medicine (The Bard’s Extraordinary knowledge of medicine revealed in his plays).
13. The History of Complementary Medicine (The triggers behind the rise of complementary medicine).
14. An Excruciating History of Dentistry (How the “Ouch” gradually disappeared from dental care).
15. Resurrection Men – the Age of the Grave Robbers (at the pinnacle of anatomical studies, cadavers became hard to find).

A History of Art – 17 talks and has a complementary book available for sale.

1. Three Jewels of the Renaissance by Michelangelo, Rafael and da Vinci (3 most famous high Renaissance works).
2. The Caravaggisti (Who was Caravaggio and the two hundred masters he influenced).
3. The Baroque and Rococo (Response to aniconism and the abandonment of Mannerism).
4. Romanticism in Art (How the French and American revolutions changed the Muses).
5. Iconography: An Introduction (What in the world is iconography and why does it matter?).
6. Shock of the New: Modernism, Impressionism and Expressionism (Origins: Just that).
7. Shock of the New: Dada, Surrealism, Pop Art, Earthwork and Installations (Origins: Just that).
8. Renaissance Artists cum Anatomists (The anatomy of DaVinci, Dürer, Michelangelo, D’Arate, etc.).
9. Diagnosis Please: Medicine in Art (How and why artist depicted illness)
10. Iconography of Ailments (Symbols artists employed to depict sickness).
11. The Art of the Fetus: (remarkably, the human fetus frequently features in art – how?).
12. Audacious Art Thefts and Looting through History: (fifteen masterpieces stolen and disappeared).
13. Color – A History in Art (examines the theory of color and the origins of pigments and their mixing).
14. Egyptian Iconography: Gods, Mythology and Hieroglyphics (How Mediterranean and Egyptian cultures mingled).
15. Japanese Iconography: Mythology, Shinto, Buddhism (Visits spiritual culture and influence on art).
16. Chinese Iconography: Pictograms and Mythological Art (Visits spiritual culture and influence on art).
17. Indian Iconography: Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism (The intersection of the art of three religions into one culture).

Vectors of History – these 16 talks address human events that changed the course of history

1. The Atlantic or Columbian Exchange (How the 4 voyages of Columbus altered western civilization).
2 & 3. Battles That Defined the Course of History Parts I and II (Two talks that examine major history defining battles).
4,5 & 6. Explorers Who Changed the Map of the World Parts I, II and III (Forty explorers who redefined the globe and oceans).
7. The Medieval Arabic Ascendency of Science (The Great Arabic Translational Movement and Science).
8,9 & 10. Socio-Cultural History of Childhood (complementary book available for sale)
11. History of - Ideas that changed the world and the course of history Parts I, II and III (inventions that have altered our lives).
12,13 &14. The 100 People Who Changed the World Parts I, II and III (individuals whose ideas and actions changed the world).
15 & 16.Religions of the World and their Effects on World History (Parts I and II).

Venue Enrichment Talks – 38 talks

1. A Biography of the Mediterranean Sea (Examines the origin, hydrology, history and future of the Sea).
2. A Biography of the North Sea (Examines the origin, hydrology, archeology and history of the Sea).
3. A Biography of the Amazon River and “El Mar Dulce” (The longest, most extraordinary river’s effects on the Atlantic).
4. A Biography of the Atlantic Ocean (The origins, hydrology and currents, history and future of the Sea).
5. A Biography of the Caribbean Sea (Geography, hydrology, flora and fauna and history).
6. A Biography of the Pacific Ocean (The origins, hydrology and currents, history and future of the Sea) – Part I and II.
7. A Biography of the Red Sea (Examines the origin, hydrology, archeology and history of the Sea).
8. The Baltic Sea and the Hanseatic League (Examines the origin, hydrology, archeology and history of the Sea).
10. The Shape of the United States (How Congress decided the shapes of the States). Parts I and II
11. Cuba: A History (The history, political dynamics and the evolution of modern Cuba).
12. The Atlantic or Columbian Exchange (How the 4 voyages of Columbus altered western civilization).
13. Île du Diable and other Islands of Imprisonment (Tells the story of 16 notorious islands of imprisonment).
14. Panama Canal – Part One: Controversy, Solutions and Engineering (Acquisition and engineering problems of the PC).
15. Panama Canal – Part Two: Death and Disease (How the solving of infections allowed the completion of the PC).
16. Suez Canal – History and Geopolitics
17. New York, New York or I’ll take Manna hata, jonas Bronck and Tappan Island, too. (History of New York city).
18. Voyages of Captain Cook (Follows Cook along his extraordinary Pacific journeys).
19. Egypt: Mythology and Magic (Travels in Egypt antiquities and the Symbols).
20. Southeast Asia and Spices (The history of spices and evolution of the spice trade).
21. Piracy and the Caribbean (Origins of real pirates and buccaneers).
22. Maya, Aztec and Inca: A Concise History (Presents the culture, sociobiology, and destruction of these civilizations).
23. Ireland (Ancient, medieval and modern history, the Great Hunger and The Troubles).
24. Ireland famine (The causes, biology, and politics of the Great Hunger).
25. Azores (Formation, geography, flora, fauna and economics of the islands).
26. Fjords, Glaciers and Auroras (Glaciers and the formation of the fjords, and the polar auroras).
Oceania: Three talks
27. Terra Australis Incognita: Australia (an Introduction to history, culture and diversity).
28. New Zealand - the Māori and Waitangi (history of the birth of a new nation).
29. The Pacific Islands –Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Easter Island. (Cultures and navigation).
30. The Antarctic (Geography, climate, geopolitics, fauna and future)
31. Shackleton and the Endeavour (The extraordinary seamanship and escape from Antarctica to South Georgia Island).
Alaska: 5 talks
32. Alaska and Climate Change and the NW Passage
33. Alaska: History, Nature and Environment
34. The Exxon Valdez and Consequences
35. Alaska: Glaciers and Wild Life
36. Alaska: The Klondike Gold Rush

History of Medicine – 9 talks and has a complementary book available for sale.

1. Ancient Cultures: Sumer, Egypt, Hebrews, Persian and China
2. Classical Medicine: Greek and Roman
3. Medieval Period and Humoral Medicine
4. Renaissance and the Rise of Anatomists
5. The Enlightenment and Iatro-Schools
6. The 19th Century and the Rise of Hospital-Based Medicine Part I and II
7. The 20th Century and Modern Miracles
8. Women in the History of Medicine