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Scholar/author to speak on New England whaling industry at URI

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 28, 2001 -- Lisa Norling, professor of history and women’s studies at the University of Minnesota, will bring her knowledge of the New England whaling industry in the 18th and 19th century to the University of Rhode Island next month.


Norling, a Visiting Scholar at URI, will give an illustrated lecture on "Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery" on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirk Auditorium. She will also take part in a roundtable discussion of the humanities and maritime studies with URI faculty called "Humanities Afloat and Ashore." The discussion will take place Thursday, April 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Galanti Lounge, Library. Both events are free and open to the public.

Norling has published a variety of materials on seafaring life. Her most recent book, "Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and Whalefishery, 1720-1870," was published in 2000 by the University of North Carolina Press. The book traces the New England whaling industry throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and reconstructs the lives of the "widows" left behind by the thousands of men whose voyages to distant seas sometimes lasted for up to five years. Norling also authored Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920 and numerous articles published in The New England Quarterly and other scholarly publications.

She earned her doctorate from Rutgers University and is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.

Her work connects to the scholarship of URI faculty in history, women’s studies, marine affairs, sociology and oceanography. Norling will also speak to URI history classes during her visit to URI.

Norling’s visit to URI is sponsored by the URI Center for the Humanities.
For Information: Karen Markin, 401-874-5576, Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116, Jennifer Smith, 401-874-2116

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