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EXPERTISE
Author / Writer
History - Art & Culture
History - Classical
Royalty & Monarchy
Travel & Destinations
Vikings & Scandinavia
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BIOGRAPHY
Jennifer Eremeeva is American travel, food, and culture writer and historical novelist. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Area Studies from Columbia University, after which she worked in the travel industry in the Former Soviet Union for 20 years, crafting innovative cultural and leisure programs for boutique tour operators and international cruise lines. She also worked in Moscow in the hotel, airline, and financial services sector before becoming a full-time writer in 2006. Jennifer is a fluent Russian speaker and makes herself understood in French.

Jennifer is the award-winning writer of a humorous memoir about living in Russia: Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow and a popular primer on Russian history designed for travelers: Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia: A Pocket Guide to Russian History.

Jennifer is a regular contributor of food, travel, and history features, photographs, and articles to The Moscow Times, Russia’s leading English-language newspaper. She contributes articles and features to AAA Magazine, Fodor’s Travel, USTOA, Russian Life, Elysian, and other publications. She also serves as the in-house travel writer for Alexander + Roberts, a leading American Tour Operator, and a podcast host for The New Books Network.

Jennifer develops and presents compelling lectures on historical and cultural topics for enrichment programs onboard luxury cruise ships, museum speakers’ programs, and library talks. She brings history and culture alive with vibrant PowerPoint Presentations and her own passion for the subjects she covers. As a culinary historian, food writer, and photographer, Jennifer believes that cuisine is an integral part of travel and delights in hosting tables, leading market tours, or sharing cooking demonstrations with guests. She also believes that the job of an onboard lecturer is to be present and available to guests throughout the voyage.





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PRESENTATIONS
RUSSIA: THE BALTIC, THE BLACK SEA, AND THE VOLGA

History:

Russian History I: 862 - 1613
Russian History II: 1613 - 1796
Russian History III: 1801 - 1917
Soviet History: 1918 - 1991
The Soviet Era
From Perestroika to Putin
Viking Russia: From Raiders to Rulers
Volga Vikings & Kievan Rus’
Byzantium and the Conversion to Christianity
The Tatar Mongol Yoke 1240 - 1480 and the Rise of Muscovy
The Third Rome: The Mongols and The Emergence of the Russian State 1240 - 1613
Peter the Great and the Emergence of Russia
Peter the Great and the Window on the West
Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great and the building of St. Petersburg
Catherine the Great: Power, Art, and Legacy
The Romanov Dynasty 1613 - 1917
The Romanov Dynasty in the 19th Century
Nicholas and Alexandra and the Twilight of Imperial Russia
Two Empresses, Fifty Eggs: The World of Peter Carl Fabergé
A Romanov Triptych: Three Lives of Russia’s Royal Women
St. Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad: Once City, Three Revolutions
Revolutionary Russia
Stalingrad and World War II
The Soviet Era (1917 - 1989)
From Perestroika to Putin (1989 - Present)

Russian Culture, Art, and People
Welcome to the Hermitage: A History of the Winter Palace
Pagan Slavic Traditions and Gods
How to Read a Russian Icon
The Russian Orthodox Church
Russian Art, Architecture, and Culture
To the Table! Russian Cuisine & Culinary History
Russian Folk & Holiday Traditions
An Overview of Russian Literature
Russian Secular and Sacred Architecture
Superstition & Folklore
The World of Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
The Mighty Handful: Titans of Russian Music
From Amber to Anastasia: Russia’s Unsolved Mysteries



SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND, THE VIKINGS & THE BALTIC

The Vikings and their World
Meet the Æsir: Norse Mythology
The Vikings in Iceland
The Art of Northern Europe and the Northern Renaissance
The Icelandic Sagas: How Snorri Saved Civilization
The Hanseatic League: Europe's First Union
The Rise of Nations: Sweden, Denmark, Prussia, and Poland 1400 - 1700
The Art of Northern Europe and the Northern Renaissance
Welcome to the Baltic States: An introduction to Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia
From Hygge to Herring: Scandinavian Food & Culture
Rotted Shark? Really? The Fascinating Story of Iceland’s Cuisine



THE MEDITERRANEAN, ADRIATIC, AND AEGEAN

Italy:
A Short History of the Roman Empire
The Post-Roman Landscape
The Crusades
Serenissima: The History of Venice
Glass in History: Venice’s Secret Industry
The Papacy: The Church and State
Meet the Medici: Italy’s Power Dynasty
Leonardo’s Notebooks: Scientific Developments during the Renaissance
The Italian City-States in the Renaissance
Art and Architecture in Ancient Rome
The Titans of the Quattrocento: Renaissance Culture

France:
A Brief Overview of French History
Legends of the South of France
Eleanor of Aquitaine and her World
The Birth of Chivalry and its Traditions
The Myths and Reality of Mary Magdalene

Spain & Portugal:
The Islamic Legacy in Andalucia
The Catholic Kings: Ferdinand and Isabella
The Voyages of Discovery & The New World
The Golden Age of Spain
Spanish and Portuguese Cuisine

Malta
Milestones in Maltese History
The Knights of Malta
The Military Orders: Templars, Knights of Malta, and the Teutonic Knights

Greece
Introduction to Greek Civilization
The Iliad and The Odyssey in History
The Art of Ancient Greece
Alexander the Great and his Empire
The Byzantine Empire and its Legacy
The Military Orders: Templars, Knights of Malta, and the Teutonic Knights
A History of the Ottoman Empire

Turkey
The Iliad and The Odyssey in History
Istanbul: The City on Two Continents
A History of the Ottoman Empire
The Byzantine Empire and its Legacy
Suleiman the Magnificent, Roxelana, and their World
The Cult of Artemis at Ephesus
The Spice Route: The Magnificent Culinary History of Asia Minor & The Middle East

Croatia, Albania, and Montenegro:
An Overview of Adriatic History
The Adriatic in the Ancient World
An Introduction to Regional Cuisine and Culture
A History of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Rule of the Adriatic
Suleiman the Magnificent, Roxelana, and their World
Islam in the Adriatic
The Legends and Lore of the Adriatic
The Tumultuous History of Dubrovnik

Israel and Jordan:
Jerusalem: The Cradle of Three Faiths
How to Read a Carpet
Jerusalem: The Rock, The Wall, and the Sepulchre
The Mysteries of Jerusalem
Saladin and His World
The Temple and the Ark: Enduring Symbols
The Life and Songs of King David
The Nabataeans and their World
The Mystery of Petra: The Rose-Red City
The Crusades
The Military Orders: Templars, Knights of Malta, and the Teutonic Knights
The Spice Route: The Magnificent Culinary History of Asia Minor & The Middle East



THE BLACK SEA, UKRAINE & THE DNIPER

History:
The Iliad and The Odyssey in History
Alexander the Great and his Empire
Georgia’s Ancient Civilization
The Vikings and Kievan Rus’
Crossroads of the Ancient World: The Black Sea Region in Ancient History
Byzantium and the Conversion to Christianity
The Forgotten Empire: Bulgaria
The Byzantine Empire and its Legacy
The Ottoman Era
Suleiman the Magnificent, Roxelana, and their World
Meet Queen Marie of Romania: The Passionate Victorian
An Overview of Imperial Russian History
Catherine the Great: Passion, Power, and Legacy
The Revolutions of 1917
The Black Sea in World War II and Beyond (1941-Present)

Culture, Art & People
Meet the Tatars: The History of the Crimean Tatars
How to Read an Icon
Istanbul: The City on Two Continents
The Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece
Christianity, The Bible, and the Black Sea
Black Sea Myths, Folklore, and Culture
The Font: Greek Culture and its Enduring Legacy
Meet Queen Marie of Romania: The Passionate Victorian
Meet the Cossacks
The Black Sea in Literature
Caucasian Cuisine and Culture
Dracula and The Ottomans: Vlad the Impaler and the origins of the vampire myth
Odessa: An Enduring Cultural Touchstone
Borscht for Beginners: Regional Cuisine and Traditions
From Perestroika to Putin (1989 - Present)
Crimea: The Problematic Peninsula



BRITAIN AND THE NORTH SEA

The Art of Northern Europe and the Northern Renaissance
The Golden Age of the Netherlands & The Apogee of Dutch Painting
Meet the Burgundians: Northern Europe's Power Dynasty
Charles V and Habsburg Rule in Spain & The Netherlands
The Vikings and their World
Tudor England
A History of the Low Countries
The Golden Age of the Netherlands & The Apogee of Dutch Painting



ROYAL & SOCIAL HISTORY

Russia:
The Romanov Dynasty 1613 - 1917
Peter the Great and the Window on the West
Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great and the building of St. Petersburg
Catherine the Great: Passion, Power, and Legacy
The Romanov Dynasty in the 19th Century
Nicholas and Alexandra and the Twilight of Imperial Russia
A Romanov Triptych: Three Lives of Russia’s Royal Women
Nicholas & Alexandra and March to Revolution
Two Empresses, Fifty Eggs: The World of Peter Carl Fabergé
The Jewels of the Tsars
The House of Romanov Today

The Black Sea:
Meet Queen Marie of Romania: The Passionate Victorian

France:
Meet the Medici: Italy’s Power Dynasty
Eleanor of Aquitaine and her World
Meet the Burgundians: A History of the Lost Duchy of Burgundy

Spain:
The Catholic Kings: Ferdinand and Isabella

The Middle East:
Suleiman the Magnificent and his World
Saladin and his World
The Life and Songs of King David

Great Britain:
Ducky & Missie: The Princesses of Edinburgh in fin-de-siècle Europe.
Queen Victoria’s Granddaughters and the Fate of European Monarchy



Cultural History:
Legendary Hospitality: 7 Storied Hotels
Russia’s Silver Age: Music, Art, and Literature
How the Dutch Conquered their World: A History of the Low Countries



CUISINE & CULINARY HISTORY

Rotted Shark? Really? The Fascinating Story of Iceland’s Cuisine
Spanish and Portuguese Cuisine
From Hygge to Herring: Scandinavian Food & Culture
An Introduction to Dalmatian Cuisine and Culture
Caucasian Cuisine and Culture (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan)
Borscht for Beginners: Slavic Regional Cuisine and Traditions
To the Table! Russian Cuisine & Culinary History



CREATIVE WRITING

Unleash the Creative Giant Within
So, You’ve Always Wanted To Write a Book…
Writing Your Own Story: Journaling, Morning Pages, and Memoir
An Introduction to Podcasts
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
I am an American writer and historian based in Western Massachusetts. I write on a wide range of topics, with a particular interest in history, food, travel, and culture. I had a very successful August with Azamara Cruises in the Baltic this year. Not only did I receive outstanding feedback on the lectures I delivered, but I also earned the gratitude of both the Shore Excursion and Future Cruise Sales departments by actively promoting experiences and destinations as integral parts of my lectures.