Denis’s life calling was revealed to him when he led a group of Bora Bora junior high school students on a field trip, on which they viewed a pristine coral colony. Returning just days later, he found that the coral had been destroyed by the anchors of small boats. And he decided to do something about it.
The Director of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Scott Homler interprets, translates, and lectures on a variety of subjects in the humanities, applied linguistics, and language policy. He also serves as a legal and conference interpreter and works with the Department of State’s International Visiting Leadership Program on assignments that regularly take him around the country. His international experiences include Fulbright research in North Africa, teaching assignments in Europe, international programs administration in the UK and France, international development projects, cultural and historical immersion programs in the French Caribbean, and numerous tours to South Pacific.
Scott’s interest in art history emerged when he taught French civilization and began incorporating art as a primary resource for discussions on cultural identity. His art history lectures cover mainly European art from the Renaissance to the Post-Impressionist era, and his approach seeks to account for the numerous intersections between art, philosophy, cultural norms, and history.
He is eager to share his expertise with you aboard The Gauguin in a series of lectures. Among the topics he might discuss are:
1. Life on Canvas: the European Arts Scenes that Inspired Gauguin.
Key to understanding the radical nature of impressionism and post-impressionism is the tremendous tension between artistic movements. Gauguin and others became artists because they found new ways of seeing. In this presentation, Scott contrasts works of two or three representative styles.
2. Tristes Tropiques: Understanding the Melancholia of Gauguin’s Figures
The ambiguity in the eyes of Gauguin’s subjects still fascinates admirers of his work. Indeed, Gauguin’s passion for his work often seems betrayed by the indifference of his subjects. This session will explore how artist, subject, and viewer collaborate to create a complex rapport in some of Gauguin’s most important works.
3. Sacred Temples of the Flesh: Entangling Sensuality and Spirituality
Were Gauguin’s bold representations of Polynesia an overt defiance of European social values? Was he seeking to recreate a paradise of the flesh that felt like spiritual redemption? Readings of his major paintings will be the focus of this presentation.
4. Paradise on Earth: Tahiti in French Arts and Letters
Gauguin’s paintings reinforced some conceptions of Tahitian life that had been commonplace since the 18th century. Scott uses passages from Denis Diderot’s remarkable Voyages of Bougainville to “narrate” some of the paintings.
5. Painting from an Other World: Gauguin’s Artistic Techniques
In this presentation, Scott focuses specifically on color and form to understand how Gauguin helped launch a movement known as Fauvism and compares him to one or two other “beastly” French or European painters.
other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin
For nine years, Mark Eddowes has captivated guests of the m/s Paul Gauguin with fascinating tales of French Polynesia’s storied past, sharing his wealth of knowledge through lectures that that range from “The Cult of the Tiki” and “The Ancient Culture of the Marquesas Islands” to the real story of the Mutiny on the Bounty. These lectures are often cited as a highlight by our guests.
Allie Mooney knows what makes people tick. And long experience as a successful “people interpreter” proves it. Find out for yourself how this internationally respected speaker and author can transform your life when you join her aboard The Gauguin.
A professional magician since 1998 and TV Star Magician in Brazil, Gustavo Vierini is skilled in illusion in all its forms. Be sure to be aboard as he brings his unique blend of magic and humor aboard select sailings of The Gauguin.
The Rolling Keys Duo (Sarah Watson and Will Stead) are two session musicians who have crafted a sound that has proven successful all over the world. Join us aboard select sailings of The Gauguin for a toe-tapping performance of popular classics from the Fifties to current chart hits.
A healing, resilience, and optimal performance expert, Dr. Stephen Sideroff has developed a new and more comprehensive model of resilience that helps you achieve success while maintaining optimal health. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for a series of presentations designed to help you integrate the most advanced scientific and behavioral technologies with ancient traditions for optimal mind and body functioning.
Kim Stare Wallace has been passionate about the wine industry since her father founded Dry Creek Vineyard in 1972. Don quickly learned every aspect of the business upon marrying Kim. Join us aboard The Gauguin for the couple’s presentation on Dry Creek Vineyard and a tasting of their excellent wines.
Expect an extremely fun evening of dancing and singing when Marc and Abi come aboard! Don’t miss very special sailings of The Gauguin, as this talented duo performs an exciting musical explosion of upbeat classics through the decades.
A journalist and educator specializing in astronomy, Dan Benedict has been introducing cruise passengers with an interest in stargazing to the wonders of the night sky since 1998. Join us for a series of presentations and nighttime star watches led by this fascinating expert.
After receiving his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, George S. Losey, Jr., left Florida for the warmer waters of the Hawaii and remained as a Professor and Researcher in Zoology at the Institute of Marine Biology. Over the course of his career, he has lived underwater as an aquanaut, dived in purse seines of the East Pacific fishing fleet, and visited marine labs from Israel to Australia. Join us aboard The Gauguin as George shares his expertise in a series of lectures—as well as relaxing, informal conversation.
Acclaimed academic, Fulbright scholar, author, teacher, lecturer, and art historian and curator Caroline Boyle-Turner is a perennially popular guest host aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Join us aboard as she enriches your appreciation for our ship’s namesake and his circle of friends.
Come sail with us on our 2021 Reunion Cruise—a reunion for past guests of Paul Gauguin Cruises and a gala welcome for newcomers which presents a number of unique events, including special guests, a festive dinner, cocktail and block parties, opportunities to mingle with senior staff and crew, and more. This 11-night Tuamotus & Society Islands voyage includes two visits to Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet.
A native of California’s Sierra Mountains region, Scott Harvey developed a keen interest in wine as a high school foreign-exchange student in Germany. Between the two continents, he was fueled by an insatiable curiosity that they both could deliver, and he began developing a unique, signature style that blends influences of Old World Europe and New World California. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a presentation and tasting of his Amador Barbera and Zinfandel.
Award-winning chef Jean-Robert de Cavel has maintained a Mobil 5-star restaurant, opened several restaurants in the Cincinnati area, served as Chef-in-Residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, and been named a Master Chef by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a lecture and culinary demonstration by this acclaimed chef and entrepreneur.
Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer are the owners and winemakers of Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards, an ultra-premium, sustainable, 70-acre vineyard with an international reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta join us aboard The Gauguin.
The University Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography at Western Kentucky University, Dr. David Keeling has visited more than 185 countries and studied a wide range of topics, from the geography of exploration and discovery to socio-economic change. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures.