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Maritime archaeologist to discuss 19th-century shipwrecks found in Gulf of Mexico

Sep 22, 2017

Maritime archaeologist Dr. James Delgado will reveal the secrets of three underwater shipwrecks discovered in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, Oct.10, as part of Flagler College’s Ideas & Images series. His presentation is titled “Sunk by a Hurricane:  The Discovery and Exploration of Three Deepwater Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico” and will be held in Lewis Auditorium from 7 p.m.

Delgado is the senior vice-president of Search, Inc., a cultural resources projects company, and former director of Maritime Heritage at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He helped organize the underwater archaeological project after, in 2012, oil and gas exploration off the Louisiana and Texas coasts resulted in the discovery of three shipwrecks. Ensuing research revealed that the three ships had been sailing together, perhaps in the early 1800s, and were lost to a violent storm.

Delgado will discuss his experience on the project, and the tale his research told on a unique period in Gulf Coast history.

Flagler College’s Ideas & Images: Scholars and Artists-in-Residence program brings nationally and internationally-renowned experts to the campus, building on a tradition established when Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon served as an inspiration for stories, a haven for new ideas, a canvas for artistic endeavors, a showcase for new technology and a setting for athletic competitions. In its first decade, nearly 100 scholars and artists have participated in the program.

Other Ideas & Images talks for the upcoming academic year include:

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Flagler Room, Ponce de Leon Hall
"Nationalism, Sectarianism, and Identity Politics in the Middle East: Reconsidering the Legacy of the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916”
Robert J. Riggs, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Chair of B.A. program in Religion and Politics and Assistant Professor in the M.A. program in Global Development and Peace, University of Bridgeport

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Flagler Room, Ponce de Leon Hall
“American Women and the Russian Revolution – Then and Now”
Laurie S. Stoff, Ph.D., Senior Honors Faculty Fellow, Barrett, The Honors College Faculty Affiliate, Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College
“From the Soviet Union to Putin’s Russia:  A Journalist’s Perspective”
Andrew Nagorski, Former Senior Editor of Newsweek International and former vice president and director of public policy for the East/West Institute

Sponsors for the series in addition to Flagler College include: Casa Monica Hotel, National Park Service, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, The Joy McCann Foundation, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Augustine Ponte Vedra Florida’s Historic Coast, St. Augustine Yacht Club, Flagler College Bookstore, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Florida National Guard and Margaret Domini.

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