Speaking Testimonials


Timothy J. Boyce speaking at a book signing event in Charlotte, NC.

“I want to thank Tim Boyce for this–there’s really no words to describe how moving that story is. It would be lost to history if people like Tim Boyce did not devote the effort and time and expense–a good part of his life–to preserve the Odd Nansen story. It is a moving and gripping story.”

– Hon. Richard Blumenthal
United States Senator
State of Connecticut

“Tim Boyce was the perfect speaker, and delivered a fantastically engaging presentation about an incredibly moving human story. Among the 150 programs we produce each year, this one stood out.”

– Matt Burriesci
Executive Director
Providence Athenaeum
Providence, RI

“I am writing to thank you, on behalf of the committee that organizes the Our World lecture series, for your visit and for presenting a wonderful, informative lecture. As I mentioned, today we had one of the largest audiences we have had. And the audience showed its appreciation by the most extended applause we have had in the 10 year history of the series.”

– John Kotz
Our World lecture series
Kiawah Island, SC

“Thank you for your presentation at OLLI yesterday on From Day to Day. It was very engaging and certainly morally apt and relevant. . . . I appreciate the way you wove Tommy’s story, Odd’s story, and your own story into a single compelling story of courage and persistence across decades. I hope your book touches many lives, and I know now that your presentation does too.”

– Arthur Young
Campbell Chair and Professor of English Emeritus
Clemson University
Greenville, SC

“Thank you for a marvelous lecture at the center this afternoon–you are such an eloquent and interesting speaker. The audience of one hundred people were all fascinated, both by Odd Nansen and yourself!”

– Kari Amdam
Head of Programs and Culture
HL-senteret, The Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies
Oslo, Norway

“I just wanted to thank you for your marvelous presentation. . . . As I told you, several people came up to me afterwards to tell me it was the best talk they had heard at 55PLUS, and you must know that our speakers [in Princeton, NJ] are no slouches, so your talk must have been great–and you were.”

– Albert Friedes
Program Coordinator
Princeton, NJ

“Very well done. I appreciated your talk on multiple levels since I have enjoyed a long career in the world of historians. You hit on all cylinders–material, research, and presentation skill. I look forward to seeing more of your work.”

– Jim Leavell
Herring Professor Emeritus of Asian History
Furman University
Greenville, SC

“I wanted to tell you what a wonderful presentation you gave at Somerset Run. Residents have been talking about it all weekend, and I have many that are sorry they missed it.”

– Judy Clickner
Lifestyle Director
Somerset Run
Somerset, NJ

“Our congregation is still talking about your inspiring presentation. The story you wove of Odd Nansen and his diary mesmerized folks . . . from fourteen to eighty-four and brought meaning to our Yom Hashoah week commemoration. It was harrowing and heartwarming at the same time and you told it in the most engaging and compelling way. . . . Thank you for being with us and sharing both your passion and insights”

– Rabbi James Prosnit
Congregation B’nai Israel
Bridgeport, CT

“Thank you for the fantastic program. It was a great pleasure to have you at the museum.”

– Eric Nelson
Executive Director/CEO
Nordic Museum
Seattle, WA

“From start to finish, [Tim’s] heartfelt account of Nansen’s experiences captivated and moved the audience–everyone walked away saying what an incredible experience it was to listen to Tim. Thank you, Tim, for sharing your gift with our 55+ active adult community–you are amazing!”

– Julie McFarlin
Lifestyle Director
Grand Dominion by Del Webb
Mundelein, IL

“I heard nothing but good things coming from the packed room in which Timothy Boyce gave his lecture on Odd Nansen. The crowd raved about the incredible story and stayed long after the lecture concluded to buy books, talk to Boyce and discuss the story amongst each other. Nordic Northwest was lucky to have an opportunity to host such a world-class presenter.”

– Laila Simon
Program Coordinator
Nordic Northwest Museum
Portland, OR

“Your presentation was a big hit. . . received many compliments . . . Thank you for your wonderful forum, we all greatly appreciate your visit”

– Debra Skolnick
Adult Education
Sun City Lincoln Hills
Lincoln Hills, CA

“You were a big hit last night–not only was your subject compelling and informative, but your presentation was engaging and accessible. I learned a lot from you.”

– Rabbi Niles Goldstein
Congregation Beth Shalom
Napa, CA

“A thousand thanks for your most wonderful lecture on your beautiful and informative book. What a labor of love you have undertaken for the world. . . . I still regard the lecture as one of the most perfect I have ever heard, and since I became 84 in the past week, that amounts to many thousands, mostly in an academic atmosphere.”

– Nan Bentley
Director, Wednesday Forum
University Unitarian Church
Seattle, WA

“[W]hat a terrific program that was–and we here at BTL [Bernards Township Library] feel we know exceptional programs! . . . You are an accomplished story-teller, and kept the audience of over 60 people engaged and enthralled.”

– Ruth Lufkin
Bernards Township Library
Basking Ridge, NJ

“I have been a member for 26 years, and that was one of the finest presentations I’ve ever heard.”

– Attendee
The Old Guard of Princeton
Princeton, NJ

“[Timothy Boyce’s] friendly style coupled with his depth of knowledge and enthusiasm on the subject engaged our audience completely. . . . Rave reviews from all who attended.”

– Frances Larkey
Adult Programming
Caldwell Public Library
Caldwell, NJ

“Thanks again for your spectacular presentation last night. It was even better than I anticipated and everyone who attended was very pleased as well”

– Kaare Hansen
Sons of Norway Norrona Lodge
Upper Saddle River, NY

“What a presentation! I knew this presentation would be all that I expected. And it was even more than that.”

– Nancy Huber
Program Manager
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at NC State University
Raleigh, NC

“Definitely one of the finest presentations I’ve been to at OLLI [Osher Lifelong Learning Institute].  Mr. Boyce’s passion about the story is unique and his presentation and his book brought tears to the eyes of many of us there.”

– attendee
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson
Clemson, SC

“Thank you so much for making the visit to Guilford [College] and presenting the honorable life of Odd Nansen. . . . Without your effort, we would never have been able to know Odd Nansen. With it, we have a history to rely upon as a moral compass for acting with integrity in the face of human rights violations. May we live up to it!”

– Jane K. Fernandes
Guilford College
Greensboro, NC

“You transported us on a journey back into one of history’s darkest, most devastating and inhumane times. . . through the eyes, mind and soul of a man who demonstrated the power of faith and the human spirit to shine through destruction and death.”

– Joanna Steffes
Staff, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson
Clemson, SC

“What a story! Our group loved the presentation and would like to have [you] back again in the future. Thanks so much Tim for sharing Odd Nansen’s story with all of us!”

– Linda Nowlin
Chairperson, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman Bonus Trips and Events
Greenville, SC

“Tim, the work you’ve done is important and appreciated, and your way of telling the story is captivating. Thank you for sharing it with us.”

– Brett Bonfield
Executive Director, Princeton Public Library
Princeton, NJ

“Timothy–your graciousness in all things, and your message of goodness and hope in humanity in the midst of terrible suffering and death . . . was a welcome gift. Thank you!”

– Joyce MacKichan Walker,
Minister of Education, Nassau Presbyterian Church
Princeton, NJ

“Thank you for presenting your lecture based on the book “From Day to Day” by Odd Nansen at the Ridgewood Public Library. Your presentation kept the audience engaged and interested. You are welcome to return. “

– Toni Mathes,
Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ

“Timothy Boyce’s presentation was informative and riveting. He has really done his homework.”

– Betsy Teter
Executive Director, Hub City Writers Project
Spartanburg, SC

“Your delivery was perfect! Many, many people commented on how much they enjoyed you and felt you had everyone captivated the entire time.”

– Teresa Stephens, PhD, MSM, RN, CNE
East Tennessee State University, College of Nursing
Johnson City, TN

“Mr. Boyce’s warm and enthusiastic style made his presentation meaningful for high school students just learning about the impact of WWII. He supplied details and facts not typically found in textbooks . . . and found ways to connect those events to present day conditions. I highly recommend Mr. Boyce as a speaker.”

– Wendy Swift
Director, The Center for Writing, Cheshire Academy
Cheshire, CT

“We were mesmerized. [Tim’s] depth of knowledge and recollection of the facts, including names, dates, and the occurrences were unparalleled. It’s an intriguing story, well researched and delivered. . . . Thank you, Tim, for bringing this story to light.”

– Jeannette Zukor
Chair, Volunteer Museum Educators, The Breman Museum
Atlanta, GA

“One of the most engaging and moving writer’s talks I’ve experienced. . . . Your book and its backstory are wonderful.”

– Harry Goodheart
Owner, Tryon Fine Books
Tryon, NC

“Tim is an incredible speaker and we were mesmerized by his passion for this book and the story of how he brought it back to print.”

– Susan Penfold
President, Tryon, NC, Chapter
American Association of University Women

“That you have developed such a comprehensive mastery of Odd Nansen and all that surrounds him… is beyond impressive. You could have gone on for three times as long and kept us riveted with your enthusiastic delivery. Your passion fills you.”

– Jim Troppmann
former P&G executive, attendee

“Your presentation was outstanding, and the audience was captivated by your deep and touching involvement in this amazing web of World War history, intrigue, and tragedy. Your deep understanding of the Nansen/Buergenthal connection really helped to bring history alive for our members.”

– Thomas Huber
President, Life Long Learning at Sun City Carolina Lakes

“Timothy Boyce’s presentation on “The Secret Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen” combined an engaging speaking style, a knowledge of history, and a passion for his subject, resulting in a very enjoyable and informative morning for the more than 250 Senior Scholars at Queens University attendees.”

– Carolyn Kibler
President, Senior Scholars at Queens University
Charlotte, NC

“Timothy Boyce captivated a larger than usual, attentive and appreciative audience with his spellbinding presentation of Odd Nansen and his World War II diary. He brilliantly demonstrated Odd Nansen’s will to survive while also helping others. A remarkable tale presented in an informative and fascinating way by a truly engaging speaker.”

– Audun Gythfeldt
President, Sons of Norway Nor-Bu Lodge
Rockaway, NJ

“Tim . . . gave a terrific presentation [at the Norwegian Nobel Institute].”

– Anne Ellingsen
author of Odd Nansen: Arvtageren

“Our lodge members greatly enjoyed the presentation and are still talking about it! As a matter of fact, we enjoyed the presentation so much that we requested an encore so that even more of our members could hear about this topic.”

– Ruth Campbell
President, Norsk Carolina Lodge
Charlotte, NC

“So many people have commented on what an excellent program you presented. One said you were one of the best speakers we’ve ever had. Everyone was so fascinated with your story that you could hear a pin drop during the hour you spoke.”

– Judy Campbell
Co-Cultural Leader, Linne Lodge, VASA Order of America
New Providence, NJ

“[Y]our talk last week was outstanding. Several friends and colleagues of mine contacted me afterwards to say how much they had appreciated your well-polished and very moving narrative about Odd Nansen and your personal encounter with his story. I have to honestly say that it was the highlight of the academic year, in my personal opinion. Many thanks.”

– Joshua Kavaloski
Director, Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study
Madison, NJ

“Everyone at the meeting loved your presentation . . . about Odd Nansen .”

– Lynn Montgomery
President, Kiwanis Club
Tryon, NC

“We thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. . . . We are really looking forward to reading the . . . book.”

– Sharon Rohrback
President, Sons of Norway Blafjell Lodge
Bedford, VA

“Thank you for a wonderful presentation. . . .”

– Grete Bunes
American-Scandinavian Foundation/Western Carolina Associates
Hendersonville, NC

“What a magnificent presentation!”

– Kayla Vincelette
Engage Life Director, Atria Senior Living
Aquidneck, RI

“Just wanted to thank you again for a great presentation–the residents are still talking about it and you.”

– LaDonna Leake
Activity Director
Beaverton Lodge
Beaverton, OR

“One of the greatest and most interesting presentations/lectures I’ve ever been to. Thank you so much for this”

– D. Welch
The Adult School
New Jersey

“I have taken numerous classes here but this was by far the best. You should try to book him again.”

– Attendee
Institute for Learning in Retirement
Bergen, NJ