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Saturday, October 19 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sea Stories

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Join us for a stimulating mix of poetry, history, mystery, anthropology, and environmentalism, all relating to the sea. The session will begin with a reading by poet and naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield from her new collection, Toward Antarctica, informed by her work as a guide on ships in Antarctica. Christina Thompson will speak about Sea People, called a “grand, symphonic, beautifully written book,” by the Boston Globe. In it, she investigates what came to be known as the Problem of Polynesian Origins: the mystery of how a pre-literate people managed to navigate and inhabit the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean. Bathsheba Demuth’s Floating Coast, hailed as brilliant by multiple reviewers, offers a uniquely told history of a unique place, Beringia, the Arctic land and waters that stretch from Russia to Canada. Demuth combines ecology, anthropology, and reportage to forge a fascinating environmental history of a largely overlooked landscape. David Armitage, professor of history at Harvard and editor, most recently, of Civil Wars: A History of Ideas, will moderate.

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David Armitage

David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual and international history. He is the author or editor of seventeen award-winning books including The Ideological Origins of the British Empire, The Declaration of Independence... Read More →

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Bathsheba Demuth

Bathsheba DeMuth is an environmental historian, professor, and author. DeMuth specializes in the northern environments and cultures of the lands and seas of the Russian and North American Arctic, and she is an assistant professor of history and environment and society at Brown University... Read More →
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Christina Thompson

Christina Thompson is a memoirist, editor, and professor. Her work, which has appeared in the Paris Review, the Boston Globe, and JSTOR Daily, often explores the effects of Westernization on the islands of the Pacific. She is the author of Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You... Read More →
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Elizabeth Bradfield

Elizabeth Bradfield is a poet, author, photographer, and naturalist. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, West Branch, Poetry, the Atlantic Monthly, and Orion, and she earned a Stegner Fellowship and the Audre Lorde Prize. She was also a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Old South Mary Norton 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116