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Coastal Perspectives Lecture

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7:30pm – 8:30pm

Avery Point Campus
Auditorium, 2nd fl Acad bldg

“Shallow Thinking: Science, Violence, and American Imperializing Along the Littoral”

By Jason W. Smith, Southern Connecticut State University *book signing* - books will be available for purchase onsite

Jason W. Smith is an assistant professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University. He has published in Environmental History,` the Journal of Military History, the International Journal of Maritime History, and the New England Quarterly. He is the author of To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire, published in 2018 from University of North Carolina Press. At the intersection of military power, the natural environment, and science and cartography, this talk will examine the role of the U.S. Navy, and naval science in particular, in extending American commercial and, later, strategic power over foreign coastlines through hydrographic surveying, chart-making, and narratives of science and exploration. These staked potent American claims to coastal waters even as they were continuously undermined and undone by the agency of the marine environment.


Avery Point Campus (primary), Maritime Studies, SeaGrant

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