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SEMINAR: The Enchantment of Remote Islands and Their Peoples

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Today's date is Monday, August 10, 2020
The Enchantment of Remote Islands and Their Peoples : This seminar is part of the Centre for Water Research seminar series. Other events...
In part, this seminar is a travelogue and, in part, it is an amateur study in comparative anthropology. While exploring many small, remote and near-isolated islands around the world I became fascinated by the history and sociology of the small human communities that occupied those corners of the world.

In this seminar I tell many of their stories, mostly tragic, often uplifting and sometimes heroic but almost always the result of clashes with the larger world. At the same time I had the pleasure of photographing and then exhibiting the scenic grandeur of these ocean-bound patches of ground.

In the process I will march through time from the remarkable remains of the Neolithic village of Skara Brae in the Orkneys to the dramatic pinnacle of Skellig Michael off the southwest coast of Ireland, a place that Sir Kenneth Clark credited with contributing to the survival of civilization during Europe’s Dark Ages.

From there we will move halfway around the world to the murderous story of the Batavia shipwreck on the Abrolhos Islands off the coast of Western Australia and back again to the British Isles for a visit to the remote island of St.Kilda and its ill-starred people. I finish with the current story of Tory Island off the northwest corner of Ireland whose people, persecuted in the past, are struggling to retain a viable existence on their island.

(See “The Far Side of the Sky” at https://www.dankat.com/mstory/mstory.htm)

PS* This seminar is free and open to the public & no RSVP required.

****All Welcome****



Speaker(s) Christopher Earls Brennen,Professor of Mechanical Engineering,California Institute of Technology
Location Blakers Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Mathematics Building, The University of Western Australia
Contact Askale Abebe <[email protected]> : 6488 7565
URL https://www.its.caltech.edu/~brennen/brennen.html
Start Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:00
End Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:00
Submitted by Askale Abebe <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:27
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