Wednesday, February 20, 4:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
“Sea Dogs, Buccaneers, and Corsairs: Piracy in the Early Modern Age and Today”
Virginia Lunsford, Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Virginia Lunsford is an associate professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, specializing in maritime and European history. She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University and is the author of Piracy and Privateering in the Golden Age Netherlands (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and is currently at work on Dead Men Tell No Tales: A Cultural History of Piracy in the Modern Age, under contract with Routledge. An expert in maritime history and in the history of piracy, Professor Lunsford has appeared on television for the History Channel production of “Unconventional Warfare” (2002) where she spoke on Sir Francis Drake and the failure of the Spanish Armada in 1588. More recently she was featured, at length, in the History Channel program “True Caribbean Pirates” (2006) as an expert on the buccaneers. In response to the upsurge in Somali piracy, Professor Lunsford has written articles for the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, “Why Does Piracy Work?” (December 2008) and for the Baltimore Sun: “Navy Can’t Do it Alone” (April 2009).
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