Ian Hudson, Keynote Speaker, became associated with the Gavin Menzies project after finishing his education at Eton College and the University of Bristol. His degree in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies was vital in proof-reading ‘1421’ and translating early accounts of New World exploration by Europeans that documented the Chinese as already being there. After ‘1421’ publication Ian initiated the creation of the 1421 website
which became a valuable tool in the collection and dissemination of new evidence of Chinese connections. In 2005 Ian was in Singapore for 12 weeks as Gavin’s representative for the Singapore Tourism Board’s ‘1421’ exhibition that celebrated the 600th anniversary of Zhen He’s maiden voyage. Since then Ian has been heavily involved with producing the second book, ‘1434’, contributing research, text and photographs. Now, Ian is the leader of Gavin’s research team and produces a quarterly newsletter and just finished with publication of their third book: The Lost Empire of Atlantis.
Dr Siu-Leung Lee, writes that Gavin and Ian are good friends of mine. I was invited by Gavin to give a talk at the Royal Geographic Society (Hong Kong), the only branch out of Britain. I have also lectured at University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, and the History Museum of Hong Kong. During the past 5 years, I have immersed myself in sorting out the connection between America and Asian cultures as related to the mysterious 7 voyages of Zheng He. I am a retired biochemistry/chemistry professor. I was born in Hong Kong and obtained my PhD from Purdue University. My career path through Yale University, Texas A&M University, Corning Corp, Battelle Memorial Institute, and Hong Kong Institute of Biotechnology straddles between academic and industry. I am the author for the Chinese calligraphy of the Nickelodeon animated TV series "Avatar".
William Conner,a native of Chillicothe, OH, and as professional journalist Bill reported on Arlington Mallery's iron furnace field work at Spruce Hill. He became personally interested in this work and assisted Mallery at a number iron furnace sites in southern Ohio. After Mallery's death Bill continued the study and excavation including new sites and founded the Archaeo-Pyrogenics Society. Bill's book on iron furnaces available from Coachwhip Books .
Lawrence Gallant,a retired electrical designer in Pittsburg, an Associate Editor of Ancient American magazine, a historian and author of soon to be published Prehistoric Pennsylvania
Dr James Krehbiel, Professor of Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University, has researched astronomical alignments at Anasazi cliff dwellings and ceremonial sites in southeastern Utah, part of the Four Corners region, for a number of years. He will present some of his latest findings from the past year of field work with archaeologists, astronomers, physicists and local Hopis in his illustrated talk.
Wayne May,is the founder and publisher of Ancient America, a magazine dedicated to the prehistory of the American continent with the position that overseas visitors have arrived here over many centuries before Columbus. He promotes an open forum for all to report and discuss supporting evidence of these ancient visitors, traders and settlers. Ancient American Magazine.
Dr J Huston McCulloch, MES member, and Professor of Economics and Finance, The Ohio State University, author of two books and numerous papers, articles and professional presentations on a wide range of economics and finance topics as well as writing technical and statistical online software, translator of French economical papers, editor of Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 1983-1991. His epigraphic interests include all the archaeological outliers - Bat Creek and Grave Creek Stones, Kensington runestone, Newark and Los Lunus decalogues - and others. Some Archaeological Outliers .
Rich Moats, is a retired US Air Force Remote Image Analyst, aircraft Accident and Forensic Investigator and instructor, a native Ohio artifact collector and President of the Flint Ridge Chapter of ASO (Archaeology Society of Ohio). He has intently studied several Ohio earthworks. He has given talks at the previous two MES symposiums: It’s About Time – The Clovis Barrier and Ohio’s Yost Works, A Pilgrimage to the Stars.
Lee Pennington, with his late wife Joy started JoLe Productions in 1990 to video “old things and old ways”. He had videoed many around his home state of Kentucky, Fred Rydholm and the Copper mines in Upper Michigan (he showed a Fred Rydholm Tribute DVD at the 2009 Symposium) and as far away as the stone statues on Easter Island. Lee is President of the Ancient Kentucke Historical Association.
Dr John White,FMES is an experimental physicist and a retired Principal Research Scientist from Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio. He is also the retired MES Editor of both the Newsletter and the Journal and the MES Symposium Director. He now devotes full retirement time to his interest in cultural diffusionism, ancient symbolism, the Earth Mother Culture and Bronze Age Names. He is active as an amateur actor and as a track & field official.
Scott Wolter, unfortunately had to withdraw.