Paul Kennedy joins “Sailing the Black Sea”

Istanbul Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by Ben Goetzinger (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons


Paul Kennedy joins Sailing the Black Sea, September 24 to October 7, 2015, as a featured speaker with Yale Educational Travel.

It turns out that the celebrated Yale historian and student of grand strategy has been intrigued by the Black Sea region ever since he read John Buchan’s WW1 thriller Greenmantle as a young student back in Britain. On the first day of the cruise, Kennedy enthused, “we actually follow the route of the German battle cruisers as they steamed out of the Golden Horn to attack southern Russia and bring about the Turkish-Russian fighting in November 1914!  We will sail into the strategically-contested port of Batumi, visit Georgia, and anchor in the estuary of the Danube.”

Sponsored by Yale Educational Travel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Trust of Historic Preservation, Sailing the Black Sea is a 12-night voyage, September 25 to October 7, 2015, aboard Variety Voyager. Kennedy shares the lecture program aboard the 70-guest Variety Voyager with Elizabeth Milleker, Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum.

Not your standard “call in a port, visit the museum” kind of a experience, the voyage rather has a strong historical theme (for those who like that sort of thing, Kennedy graciously demurred), which is “no less than the struggle of the two great traditional Eastern empires of Imperial Russia and Ottoman Turkey, in the last throes of their older order.  After the war is over, it’s all going to be different (Bolshevik Russia and Ataturk’s modern Turkey), and these will be vanished worlds.  But the palaces, the harbors, the forts, and the seas remain for us to inspect and marvel.”

Paul KennedyPaul Kennedy

The author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and a much-in-demand speaker, Kennedy has devoted a long career to the history of international relations, economic relations and grand strategy.  Co-director of the International Security Studies program, distinguished fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale, Kennedy was most recently awarded the Hattendorf Prize for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History by the U.S. Naval War College.  He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000.

Elizabeth MillekerElizabeth Milleker

Closely involved in the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum and editor of Light on Stone Greek and Roman Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Photographic Essay, Elizabeth Milleker joined the Greek and Roman Department at the Metropolitan Museum in 1986 and worked as a curator there until her retirement in 2009. Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Museum, she pursues her own work on marble sculpture from Corinth, Greece. After graduating from Radcliffe College, the enterprising scholar founded and ran an art school, then continued her studies at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she earned her doctorate. An avid traveler, she has lectured on numerous Travel with the Met trips to Greece, Turkey, and Italy.

Variety VoyagerVariety Voyager

With just 36 cabins, all with double or twin beds and expansive decks, the M.Y. Variety Voyager offers access, comfort and service in the atmosphere of a private yacht. Enjoy panoramic views throughout, whether spending time in your stateroom, dining al fresco, or relaxing on the decks or in glass-wrapped lounges.

For reservations, a brochure or questions, contact Yale Educational Travel directly at 203.432.1952 or email

Contributed by Darrel Schoeling. 


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