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Moveable Feast: "On the Water and Beneath the Waves"

Lecture: “On the Water and Beneath the Waves; Stories of Coastal Georgia”

  • Kurt Knoerl, Department of History, Armstrong Campus
  • Jennifer Sweeney Tooks, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Statesboro Campus

Salt marshes, rivers, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean are integral parts of Coastal Georgia’s culture and heritage. This presentation highlights the ways researchers preserve the stories of maritime communities through collecting oral narratives and listening for echoes of the past. Kurt Knoerl, Ph.D., Department of History, will explore how shipwreck sites along our coast often act as accidental time capsules, containing information about vessels and their demise, as well as their crews, passengers, shipbuilders and many others. Focusing on the contemporary era, Sweeney Tooks, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will trace representative stories coastal Georgians tell of life on the water, paying particular attention to those about commercial fishing and its importance to the state’s living history and culture. Together they will demonstrate how — both on and below the water — many Georgia communities have depended on the coastal environment for their cultural base for generations.

About the series: Georgia Southern University's 2019 Moveable Feast lecture series is presented by the College of Arts and Humanities in cooperation with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and is hosted in historic venues throughout Savannah. All events begin at 6 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 18 at 6:00pm

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401

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