Bee will engage and move you deeply while sharing her personal journey in Africa during the eradication of smallpox. With a backdrop of corruption, genocide, and oppression of women, she still provides an insightful tapestry of victories won and hope for the future. I highly recommend her to your group.

Linda Herzog, J.D., Tucson

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of all who attended your fascinating talks these past two Mondays. They were thoroughly compelling….Riveting and memorable.  THANK YOU! SO VERY MUCH!!!

Judy R., Santa Barbara

Incredibly beautiful, evocative, powerful–with such relevant perspective for what’s being iterated in our midst today and showing us what it’s truly about.

Sally, Santa Barbara

A riveting account of the events, effort and victory of the eradication of smallpox. Bee makes the facts come alive—the devastation of the disease as well as heart-rending post-colonial realities. . . A ‘must-hear’ for all.

Kay M., Tucson

What an adventure. You put us right in the middle of those walls! I could smell it!

Larry Q., Santa Barbara

Thank you for taking me to Nigeria. Wow – such rich description – I was there with you. Loved it.

Ron H., Santa Barbara

Bee Bloeser’s story reads like a political thriller, women’s history, and African adventure rolled into one. An alert witness to a breakthrough in world health, she brings insight and humor to a dark tale of disease, corruption and genocide that unfolds around her, her visionary husband and their two young children. Riveting.

Pamela Alexander, Pulitzer nominee, Tucson

Your talk was riveting. Would you give your talk to my husband’s Rotary chapter? It was so moving. His group should not miss it.

J. Myers, Tucson

A vibrant, dynamic, gripping presentation. I loved it and learned a lot. Fascinating and sobering information.

Peggy Callahan, Santa Barbara

Your presentation was so fascinating our members are still talking about it six months later!

Kathryn L., Delta Kappa Gamma, Tucson

Book this popular speaker and be immersed in a world few have experienced. . .

VACCINES & BAYONETS: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War, Bee Bloeser’s forthcoming historical memoir.


It’s a story she lived. While her husband worked to eradicate smallpox from the planet, the family lived first in a country that was always in the news and then in one that should have been. The first, Nigeria. The heartbreaking images of starving Biafran babies were seen around the globe. The second, Equatorial Guinea, was in the vise of a bloodthirsty dictator. The world didn’t even know the place existed. Bee kept cryptic notes and hid them in the sock drawer. She now reveals a story parts of which were previously spirited to the outside world only in diplomatic pouch. She is the author of the forthcoming first-person history VACCINES & BAYONETS: Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the Cold War.

Bee and her late husband served the diseased and disabled around the world and among Native Americans. She is a member of the UN Association, USAID Alumni, Toastmasters International, P.E.O. and multiple writers’ groups.


  • The Global War on Smallpox—An Embedded Family’s View—The dreaded scourge of smallpox, the formidable challenges in the campaign to eradicate it, and the victorious conclusion. A current concern: potential weaponization of the virus, is addressed.
  • If You Scream in Africa and Nobody Hears—A time and place cut off from the outside world, Francisco Macias Nguema’s regime, The Terror—crushing his country and his people. In this context, the smallpox eradicator is on the frontline for world health and American security. His family is on a frontline of a different sort.
  • Barriers to Education for Girls in Northern Nigeria—The author’s visits with women isolated behind walls, progress in educational opportunities, and the courageous women who now dare to run for office despite attacks and kidnappings.
  • Fighting Smallpox in Africa amid Tribalism, Terror and the ColdWar—Bee’s memories of smallpox, its eradication (“a medical moonshot”), tribal pogroms, oppression of girls in Nigeria, The Terror in Equatorial Guinea, and risks to a smallpox program family. This talk can be any length, from a brief overview to an in-depth half-day program.


Public speaker: e.g. Pepperdine University, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, various philanthropic and service organizations; storyteller

B.A., Speech/Theatre; M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, performer in plays and quartets.


  • An introduction to the world’s only global eradication of a human disease
  • Knowledge of hidden facts about little-knowncountries and cultures
  • Insight into why what happened then matters now, e.g., in today’s news of:
    • Vaccinating against Polio and Ebola; battling malaria and unsafe drinking water
    • Smallpox bioterrorism fears: the disease is gone—the virus isn’t
    • Denial of education, oppression of women and girls—Boko Haram fights gains
    • Politics of oil—petro-dollars, power and palaces
    • Press suppression—when nobody knows what’s happening


E-mail: bee@beebloeser.com   Website:https://beebloeser.com   Cell phone: 520-631-0762

Bee is based in the Santa Barbara, California, area.

To see where Bee is speaking next, go to Events page.




I so much appreciated your presentation of African women. The culture and style of living is so different. . .not easy to take it in when women here are fighting for things the African women can hardly imagine. Your presentation opened eyes. Thank you so very much. Judith Muller, Organizer, Santa Barbara Yacht Club Monday Forum

What struck me the most was your passion. Laura M.

On behalf of Delta Kappa Gamma I would like to thank you for your presentation…Your experiences in Africa were interesting and inspiring. It was obvious that you and your husband’s work made a significant impact in the lives you touched. The members and guests truly enjoyed your presentation and learned a great deal. Thank you. Renate Krompasky

It was such a good talk you gave our chapter. Everyone really enjoyed the photos and [hearing about] the marvelous work you did with W.H.O. Linda McMillin

Thank you for your wonderful story at the Festival of Books. I loved your interaction with the audience….Gloria M., Tellers of Tales organizer

I was flooded with memories of Africa–flashes of feelings, smells, visions. We were so energized, and I was struck by your sincerity. You are an inspiration. Thank you. Joan Milner

Your topic has been among the few to draw an audience from other walks of life. Thank you so very much….Pamela A., Sisters in Crime

Bee is an engaging knowledgeable speaker who supplements her presentations with photographs and personal experiences that will move you deeply while educating you about the incredible journey that led to the eradication of Small pox. I highly recommend her to your group. Linda Herzog, J.D.

Thank you!! It was a wonderful program. We all want to hear more.
We hope you’ll do another program next year. Nancy B.