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John J. Witmeyer III Dean’s Colloquium 2007

Elyse Luray

Thursday, November 1, 2007
3:30 p.m.
Robert C. Cudd Hall, Aron Common Room
Reception to follow

"History Detectives" star Elyse Luray, NC '89, will discuss her background as a Tulane art history major and her subsequent career as an appraiser, historian and television personality as the guest of the John J. Witmeyer III Dean's Colloquium.

Elyse LurayElyse Luray is an appraiser and historian in popular culture. Currently she is one of four hosts on PBS's History Detectives." Each week the detectives face new mysteries, intertwining everyday people with the legends of American lore. Mixing forensic evidence with Sherlock Holmes' sharp eye, the History Detectives create entire life stories from a single scrap of evidence, an overlooked piece of the past, and help people discover the truth about their objects.

Elyse can also be seen on Rainbow-Media's high definition satellite service, VOOM! On VOOM! Elyse is the host of a show, Treasure Seekers, where she travels all over America to antique shows. During the hour program, she tells viewers what’s hot, what to collect and what to pass on by. Elyse recently has appeared on a HGTV’s special “The Longest Yard Sale” and is currently an appraiser for the popular show “ If Walls Could Talk.” Until recently, Elyse could also be seen on Metro TV’s Bid New York, where she was the Collectibles Expert and Auctioneer.

Elyse is also a licensed auctioneer and can be seen at the podium selling for many different auction houses and organizations including, Zachys Wine Auctions, The NBA, Bertoia’s Auctions, Grey Flannel Sports Auctions, Steiner Sports and many others. She spends a lot of her spare time lending her auctioneering skills to charities through out the country to help raise money for many different causes.

Before working as a History Detective, Elyse spent eleven years at Christie’s auction house as an auctioneer and a Vice President of the Popular Arts Department. During her tenure at Christie’s, Elyse ran the Popular Arts Department and started many new markets including Western Memorabilia and Arms and Armour. While working at the prestigious auction house, Elyse was responsible for achieving many record prices and sercuring many collections for auctions. Other archives she appraised include the archives of Lucas Films, Disney, Dreamworks, Chuck Jones’ personal collection, Warner Bros and Hanna Barbara. She currently still consults on an as-needed basis to the Collectibles Department.

Elyse was a former appraiser on PBS's Antiques Road Show and CBS's "The Early Morning Show."

Free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs. 865-5728.

Previous Dean’s Colloquia
2016-17 Dean's Colloquium: Roger Ervin
2015-16 Dean’s Colloquium: Steven Paul
2014-15 Dean’s Colloquium: Meria Carstarphen
2013-14 Dean's Colloquium: Alex McMurray
2012-13 Dean's Colloquium: Attorney Ira Sorkin
2011-12 Dean's Colloquium: NASA Astronaut Doug Hurley
2010-11 Dean's Colloquium: Actor Bryan Batt
2009-10 Dean's Colloquium: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
2008-09 Dean's Colloquium: NPR Correspondent Gwen Thompkins