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Evening Lectures

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.

This lecture series will take place in the Museum’s Main Lobby and livestreamed simultaneously. Advance registration is required.

Advance registration is required whether attending the lecture in person or online.

Attending in person?
This lecture is $10 for Guests, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Each person will receive one (1) beverage ticket with a cash bar to follow. Light hors d’oeuvres may be purchased online when registering or at the Mariners’ Café.

Watching remotely?
This lecture is free to watch online, and you may register below.

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UPCOMING LECTURE:


 

Crime of Clotilda: A 30-Year Transatlantic Investigation

Thursday, May 12, 2022 • 7 p.m. (ET)
Presenter: Historian Natalie S. Robertson, PhD, adjunct professor at Hampton University

About the lecture:

Dr. Natalie S. Robertson devoted 30 years of research, from Benin to Alabama, to share the story of Clotilda, the last American slave ship, and to tell the startling truth about the Clotilda smuggling crime. Her award-winning book, The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Making of AfricaTown, USA: Spirit of Our Ancestors, chronicles Clotilda’s fateful, illegal smuggling voyage from point of capture in the West African interior to point of disembarkation in Mobile, Alabama, on the eve of the Civil War.

Hear how Clotilda’s 110 West African captives survived their transatlantic ordeal, building their own Africa in America, nobly retaining the traditions and cultures of the land they left behind.

Check out NATGEO’s film “Clotilda: Last American Slave Ship,” featuring Dr. Robertson. Now on Hulu and Disney+, the film explores the vessel’s recent discovery in the Mobile River 162 years later.

Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions to Dr. Robertson, and she will answer after the lecture. A book signing follows the Q&A.

In person 

FREE for Mariners’ Museum Members; $10 per guest. Doors open at 6 p.m.


Livestream

This lecture is FREE to watch online. Advance registration is required.

 


Pre-registration is required.
For additional assistance, questions or support, please contact us at
: [email protected].

Can’t attend?
No problem! Many of our programs and lectures are uploaded to our YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.

 

 


PAST LECTURES:

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

September 24, 2020
Presented by Eric Jay Dolin, best-selling author


View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

October 22, 2020
Presented by Buddy Levy, author and journalist


View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

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

November 12, 2020
Presented by Andrew Rader, author and SpaceX mission manager


View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

Virginia Waterways and the Stories of Freedom Seekers in the Underground Railroad

February 4, 2021
Presented by Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, author and dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University


View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

Robert N. Macomber & John V. Quarstein

War in the Tropics: Two Authors Talk About the Role of
Florida and the Caribbean in the Civil War

March 11, 2021
Presented by Robert N. Macomber and John V. Quarstein, renowned historians and authors


View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

Guiding Lights:The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women

April 8, 2021
Presented by Shona Riddell, author


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MUSEUMS: Behind the Scenes with Leslie Mueller

May 20, 2021
Presented by Leslie Mueller, host of the television series Museum Access


View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

The Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP)

August 26, 2021
Presented by: Karen Loew, COGAP artist and Chair of the COGAP Committee/Salmagundi Club


View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History

September 30, 2021
Presented by: John S. Sledge, author and senior architectural historian for the Mobile Historic Development Commission


View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

 

The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us

November 18, 2021
Presented by: Meg Lowman, PhD, aka “CanopyMeg”


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Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

December 9, 2021
Presented by Andrea Pitzer, author and journalist


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