Lectures in Person and Online

Since I started teaching at the college level, I’ve enjoyed speaking to groups about topics I love. Although I am no longer formally an academic, I still give talks on a variety of historical or literary topics.

All talks are accompanied by Powerpoint slides (photos, video, audio) and usually last between 1-2 hours (although I have expanded some of these talks to multi-day classes, so ask if interested). My rate is generally between $100-$250 a talk for 1-2 hours of my time, depending on topic and length. See my resumé for details on my regular speaking engagements with the Oasis Learning Center and Osher CSUSM.

Contact me by email if your group would like a lecture on any of these topics in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, or Riverside county (or within reasonable travel distance or online).


  • Shakespearean Authorship
  • Shakespearean Stagecraft
  • Richard III: Guilty or Not?
  • War of the Roses: A Soap Opera of the Middle Ages
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII
  • The Life of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen
  • Exploring the Mystery Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Traditional, Procedural, Cozy and more
  • Historical Murders on the Rails: How Trains and Death Have Gone Hand In Hand
  • The History of Witchcraft in England
  • Alchemy: How Medieval Mysticism Lead to Modern Science
  • The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing: The 1906 Murder of architect Stanford White by millionaire Harry Thaw over model Evelyn Nesbit
  • The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Right to Vote
  • Girl Sleuth Nancy Drew: History and Authorship
  • Shakespeare’s Plays––lectures on individual plays (Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, etc.). From one hour to four hours.
  • Shakespearean Histories
  • Shakespearean Tragedies
  • Shakespearean Comedies
  • Shakespeare: Early Plays to Late Plays
  • The History of Santa Claus: Christmas Lecture
  • The History of Hearts in Art: Valentine’s Day Lecture
  • Book Collecting 101
  • Steam Train Operations 101