The Sea Is History

seahumbnailThis exhibit is travelling to the Duke Marine Lab campus.

On Display: July 23rd-August 31, 2010, Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservation Center

Hours: open to the public: Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm

Opening Reception: Friday, July 23, 2010, North Carolina Maritime Museum Auditorium


Above are commercials commissioned by the Dominican Navy and the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo designed to deter sea exits. Video courtesy of Joaquín Zaglul, President, Publicitaria Contacto, Santo Domingo, D.R.  To read an english translation of the voices on the video click here.

The Sea is History - Moun Kanntã, Yoleros, Balseros, Boteros

"Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs?  Where is your tribal memory? Sirs,in that gray vault. The sea. The sea has locked them up. The sea is History."

Derek Walcott, 1979

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians, Dominicans and Cubans have left their homelands since 1960 by sea. They travel in fragile vessels or smugglers’ boats without prearranging authorized entry into another country.  The aim of this exhibit is to raise questions, increase awareness, and encourage informed thought about these people:

Who are the maritime migrants of the Caribbean?

Why do they leave their homelands?

What is the nature of their journey?

What do they represent both literally and symbolically?

What duty do we owe to these mariners?

We hope the exhibit is a voyage of discovery for the viewer.

 The Sea is History is presented by the Duke University Libraries and the Franklin Humanities Institute with co-sponsorship from:
Atlantic Studies, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of African and African American Studies, Department of Romance Studies,Department of Women's Studies, Duke in the Andes, Office of the Vice-Provost for International Affairs,Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South and by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

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