The Global Ocean: Racial Geographies & the Oceanic Humanities Symposium

For more information about and the complete schedule for The Global Ocean: Racial Geographies and the Oceanic Humanities Symposium to be held on April 12, 2017 at the URI Multicultural Student Services Center please click here.

To register for the workshops and receive copies of the pre-circulated essays click here.

The Global Ocean URI 2017

About the Edmund S. and Nathalie Rumowicz Endowed Lecture Series and Seminar in Literature and the Sea:

Since 1993, the Edmund S. and Nathalie Rumowicz Endowed Lecture Series and Seminar in Literature and the Sea has encouraged undergraduates at the University of Rhode Island to expand and explore our collective understanding of the sea.

Every spring semester, the English Department offers ENG 396: Literature and the Sea. The seminar charts the changing role of the sea in American life: the shifts from sail to steam, from commerce to recreation, from whaling to conservation. The students read literary texts that ask readers to view maritime literature from the shore, from ships in an indifferent ocean, and from the point of view of sailors, adventurers, pilots, merchants as well as children, meanderers, and fugitive slaves. They also attend a combination of lectures, film screenings and/or class trips to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea.

The seminar ultimately explores how viable it is to speak of a maritime literature as a body of texts and cultural productions that envision the sea (and what lies beneath, within, and beyond it) as a force to be conquered, confronted, negotiated, explored or simply survived. It runs in conjunction with the Rumowicz Lecture Series, and the Rumowicz Undergraduate Maritime Essay Contest.

Image above: Beavertail Surf by Michelle Caraccia http://www.michellelcaraccia.com

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