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Sailor Made Lecture Series: “The Inner Lives of Sailors” with Hester Blum, Ph.D.

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

CT United States

Join us for a free online lecture series related to the upcoming exhibit, “Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea,” which brings rarely-seen hand-crafted artifacts from the Museum’s collection to light, including scrimshaw, knotwork, wood carving, ship models, toys, and drawing and sketching. Three different speakers will explore Sailor Made from different perspectives, and encourage participants to dig deeper into the stories of the objects and their creators. Join us for one, or all three!

The Sailor Made lecture series is funded by Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community, and enrich lives.

“The Inner Lives of Sailors” with Hester Blum, Ph.D.

A professor at Penn State University and the author of several books, Hester Blum teaches courses in nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture in the English department. Her scholarship focuses on oceanic studies, book history and material text studies, Herman Melville, and the environmental humanities. Professor Blum is currently a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow (2019-2020) and her work has also been supported by fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (including a 2014-2015 NEH Fellowship). In July 2014 she participated in the 38th Voyage of the CHARLES W. MORGAN with Mystic Seaport Museum. For her live online talk, Professor Blum will explore what happens when a place of manual labor becomes a location of creative and intellectual work as well. She will discuss how mariners–whose leisure hours were spent on ships, not at home–turned to artistic practice to nurture rich inner lives, yet the material conditions of their sailing lives were always present in their domestic, creative work.

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October 7
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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