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Evening Lectures cover a wide range of maritime topics and are presented by nationally and internationally recognized authors, filmmakers, historians, scientists and other experts in their fields. Evening Lectures are FREE, but advance registration is required.

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Upcoming lectures:


Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad
February 4, 2021 • 7:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, author and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University

Come hear from Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, author and current Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University, as she reveals fascinating details of a secret network that served as a roadway to freedom for many enslaved Virginians. Viewers are welcome to send her comments or questions, which she will answer following the lecture.

About the lecture:
From 1830 to 1860, the City of Norfolk was the center of maritime activities in Hampton Roads as the Port of Virginia. These waterways transported goods to points North and enslaved human beings to the Lower South to work on cotton plantations. Yet, these same waterways that condemned so many to hard labor, separating families and causing so much pain, were also used to secure freedom for thousands through a locally autonomous system that fed into a national underground railroad network. This network extended from Richmond to Hampton Roads and worked in concert with northern operations, transporting freedom seekers via steamships, schooners, and other coastal vessels to freedom in the North and in Canada.

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Previous lectures:


A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes

Thursday, September 24, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin

Hurricanes have had a profound and surprising impact on American history. Now, best-selling historian and author of Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates, Eric Jay Dolin returns to present a story on five hundred years of American hurricanes.



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Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

Thursday, October 22, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by author and journalist Buddy Levy

Critically acclaimed author, speaker, entertainer, and bon vivant, Buddy Levy is an expeditionary travel writer and journalist. Many will recognize him as the co-star of HISTORY Channel’s hit docuseries Brad Meltzer’s “Decoded.” He has published seven books, including his latest bestseller, Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition. Based on Levy’s exhaustive research, this is the incredible true story of one of the most harrowing adventures in the annals of polar exploration.

About the lecture:

In July 1881, Lieutenant A.W. Greely and his crew of 24 scientists and explorers were bound for the last region unmarked on global maps. Their goal: Farthest North. What would follow was one of the most extraordinary and terrible voyages ever made. Labyrinth of Ice is the story of the heroic lives and deaths of these voyagers hell-bent on fame and fortune ― at any cost ― and how their journey changed the world.



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Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars

Thursday, November 12, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Andrew Rader

Join SpaceX mission manager and author Andrew Rader for a captivating evening as he presents on the history of human exploration and our unending desire to push beyond the boundaries.

 

About the lecture:

From brilliant young polymath Andrew Rader — an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and SpaceX mission manager — an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to continually push into new and uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to current planning for interstellar travel. Divided into four accessible sections, Beyond the Known examines major periods of discovery and rediscovery, from Classical Times, when Phoenicians, Persians and Greeks ventured forth; to The Age of European Exploration, which saw colonies sprout on nearly every continent; to The Era of Scientific Inquiry, when researchers developed brand new tools for mapping and traveling farther; to Our Spacefaring Future, which unveils plans currently underway for settling other planets and, eventually, traveling to the stars. Beyond the Known illuminates how very human it is to emerge from the cave and walk toward an infinitely expanding horizon.



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Chasing the Cup: Sailing’s Highest Prize

November 19, 2020 • 6:00 p.m. (EST)

Hosted by America’s Cup commentator Tucker Thompson

Join award-winning TV commentator, producer, and America’s Cup host, Tucker Thompson, for a sneak peek into the next America’s Cup, sailing’s highest prize. On a nationwide speaking tour featuring New York Yacht Club American Magic, Thompson returns to The Mariners’ Museum (virtually) to share the storied history of the oldest international trophy in sports. He will give an insider’s look at the Cup’s new class of boat – AC75 – foiling monohulls which are considered the future of Cup racing. Sailing fans will hear about NYYC American Magic, with insight on what to expect in New Zealand in March 2021, when all eyes will be following the 36th America’s Cup.

About the lecture:

This America’s Cup Yacht Club tour program is hosted by Tucker Thompson and is being made exclusively for friends and family of The Mariners’ Museum and Park. This free program will not be re-broadcast so be sure to register in advance. Any questions or issues regarding registration or connecting with this virtual live program may be sent directly to Tucker at Tucker@TuckerThompson.com.

The America’s Yacht Club Tour is sponsored in part by The Moorings®, Quantum Sails, Regatta Craft Mixers, and SeaDek.

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