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Sounding Board

Sounding Board is a series of seven lectures during the academic year, the first Thursday at 12 noon, sponsored by UC San Diego Oceanids and the UC San Diego Faculty Club.  Oceanids, faculty and friends meet at the UCSD Faculty Club in a specially designated room to eat lunch and listen to fascinating speakers.  Lunch is $16.50 for guests and $13.00 for Faculty Club members (purchase required).  Coffee and ice tea are provided in the meeting room.  A parking permit can be obtained at the front desk for $4.  Carpooling is recommended as parking is limited.  You can be sure of a lively discussion! You do not need to RSVP.  Come to the Faculty Club at 11:30.  The speaker will be introduced at 12:10pm sharp.  Contact Jan Ouren, jouren@san.rr.com for more information.


March 1, 2018

  Mark G. Hanna, Ph.D, Associate Professor of History, Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher and Associate Director of the Institute of Arts & Humanities
“The Pirate Next Door: A Lot of What Is Known about Pirates Is Not True, and a Lot of What Is True Is Not Known”


Mark G. Hanna’s work focuses on piracy, smuggling and other illicit activities in early America and the British Empire. He is the founding Associate Director of the new Institute of Arts & Humanities, the Honorary Curator of the Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages in UC San Diego’s Special Collections Library, and the Robert and Laura Kyle Endowed Chair of Maritime History at the San Diego Maritime Museum.


His first book, Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740 (UNC Press, 2015), analyzes the rise and subsequent fall of international piracy from the perspective of colonial hinterlands. The book explores the overt support of sea marauders in maritime communities from the inception of England’s burgeoning empire in the 1570s to its administrative consolidation by the 1740s. Although traditionally depicted as swashbuckling adventurers on the high seas, pirates played a crucial role on land. Far from a hindrance to trade, their enterprises contributed to commercial development and to the economic infrastructure of port towns.


Professor Hanna received his B.A. in history at Yale University (1996) and a doctorate in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University (2006).





For more information on Sounding Board, contact Jan Ouren, jouren@san.rr.com