Courses / Contemporary Issues / CHALLENGES TO SEAS AND ISLAND PEOPLE

Coordinators: Stephen Baker, Pete Weis

The sea, as a concept and as a physical actuality is the locus of contrasting and sometimes conflicting notions and facts. It is the setting for commerce and danger, for a richness of exploitable resources and as a yet uncontrolled garbage dump. The boundaries of its vastness are subject to regulation not every country follows. Its biology is extraordinary and yet it is also inhabited by spirits, alluring and illusory. And then let us also consider the seas that abut islands with respect to their laws, lore, lure and the “loo” that is infiltrating them. All are settings for heroism and tragedy.

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