Lecture Series


History Lectures:

Thanks to UTC Overseas, HMM is able to offer a FREE maritime history lecture each month!


March 10, 2015 | 7 – 8 PM

Purging the Seas: Government Reaction to Piracy, 1600-2015

with Dr. Kim Todt and Dr. Elizabeth Nyman


Governments have had a conflicting and complicated relationship with piracy through the centuries. When pirates attacked a rival nation’s merchant or naval fleets, governments turned a blind eye. Diminution of an enemy state’s commerce or navy could only be a positive affair – increased trade opportunities, markets for stolen goods, and a militarily weakened adversary. Yet, when pirates gazed away from enemy states and directed their attentions to the commerce or navy of their own nation, governments cast pirates as “enemies of all mankind” and engaged in naval and legal anti-piracy campaigns. Join Dr. Kim Todt and Dr. Elizabeth Nyman, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, as they explore government responses to piracy from the Golden Age through today’s arresting headlines.

Kim Todt is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette whose work focuses on the history of Early America.  She is currently working on a book on the trading networks of Early America.

Elizabeth Nyman is the Anthony Moroux/BoRSF Endowed Professor of Political Science I at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is currently working on a book on international maritime conflict.

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Upcoming History Lectures

April 10, 2015

Houston’s Port and Ship Channel History as Told by Street Names

with Marks Hinton


May 19, 2015

The Myth of Press Gang: Volunteers, Impressment, and the Naval Manpower Problem in the Late Eighteenth Century

with Jeremiah R. Dancy, DPhil


Industry Lectures:

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All lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, are free to the public, and include admission to the museum collections. Refreshments are served!