Past Lecture Series:
John Jackson, "Rise of the Drones"
October 23rd, 2014
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones) has been an extremely effective, yet controversial use of technology in warfare. Naval War College Professor John Jackson will provide an overview of the various systems now in use and in development, including the Global Hawk, the Predator, and the Unmanned Carrier Launched Air System. He will also discuss some of the legal and ethical implications of using robots in warfare.
John E. Jackson is a professor in the Naval War College’s College of Distance Education. He teaches in the area of Theater Security Decision Making, and manages the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program. Since November 2009 he has taught a highly-regarded elective course entitled “Unmanned Systems and Conflict in the 21st Century”.
Retiring as a Navy Captain in 1998 after 27 years of service in the field of logistical support, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Communications from the University of New Mexico, a Master’s degree in Education from Providence College, and a Master’s degree in Management from Salve Regina University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Salve Regina University. He is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University.
Halsey C. Herreshoff: Herreshoff Centennial Classes
July 24th, 2014
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"The evening of July 24, Halsey C. Herreshoff will deliver a program celebrating three Herreshoff Centennial Classes of sailing yachts. These are the Newport 29, about the most winning class of any Herreshoff or other grouping; the Buzzard's Bay 25, the favorite model of Halsey's Grandpa Captain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff; and the legendary Buzzards Bay Boys Boats, later dubbed Herreshoff 12 1/2 Footers, the world's first mass produced yachts of which 374 were built at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Halsey will also provide stories about the 1914 schooner KATOURA,the largest Herreshoff sailing yacht ever built and the iconic RESOLUTE which successfully defended the America's Cup, comprising Captain Nat's sixth consecutive victory. Halsey will explain significant actions of the Herreshoff Manufacturing and its outstanding team that functioned so impressively in 1914, one of the most successful years in its history. Halsey speaks with remarkable insight from his naval architecture profession, four times America's Cup champion experience, and from Herreshoff family lore passed on by his late father Sidney Herreshoff."
Charlie Enright: Team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race
Tuesday, June 17th
A born leader and a naturally talented sailor, Charlie is well respected throughout the international sailing community. As a 29-year old Rhode Island native, he has accumulated thousands of offshore miles and inshore racing results. In 2010, Charlie led the Genuine Risk 90′ to victory in the Newport-Bermuda Race and skippered the Oakcliff All-American Offshore Team to victories in the Transatlantic and Rolex Fastnet Races in 2011. He was a 4x College Sailing All-American while at Brown University, where he graduated with a BA in Business Economics. Charlie currently works at North Sails Rhode Island and manages multiple sailing campaigns.
Michael Tougias: Rescue of the Bounty
The harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of BOUNTY (the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty) which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard. Author, Michael J. Tougias, tells the tale of what truly occurred aboard BOUNTY during those terrifying days at sea in this week's Lecture Series.
Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author of 19 books. His book Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “a breathtaking book – Tougias spins a marvelous and terrifying story.” He has also co-authored a true story of the Coast Guard’s most daring rescue in The Finest Hours, which chronicles a rescue of two sinking oil tankers off Cape Cod in 1952. This is being made into a movie by the Disney Corporation, and the book was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, selected as a “must read”)
The author’s other true adventure book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the “Top Books of the Year” and described as “a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind.”
Tougias has researched dozens of survival stories and includes them in his lecture for businesses titled, Survival Lessons: Decision-making Under Pressure. He also teaches a yearly course with a publisher about how writers can find the best publisher for their idea titled “Get Published.”(www.michaeltougias.com)
On a lighter note, Tougias chronicled his misadventures at his remote cabin in Vermont in his award-winning book There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wanna-be. This book won the Independent Publishers Association Award for the “The Best Nature Book of the Year.”
(Tougias will bring books for sale and autographing)
John Brown Herreshoff, Successful Yacht Builder & Businessman: Misconceptions about Blindness
Presented by Rosemary Mahoney and Nathanael Greene Herreshoff III
Thursday, April 17
Rosemary Mahoney was educated at Harvard College and John Hopkins University and has been awarded numerous awards for her writing, including a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers Award, and a nomination for the National Book Critics' Circle Award. She is the author of six books, including For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches From the World of the Blind, and Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff, a New York Times Notable Book. She is a citizen of Ireland and the United States and lives in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Nathanael Greene Herreshoff III is the grand-nephew of John Brown Herreshoff (1841-1915) and the grandson of Captain Nat Herreshoff (1848-1938). After a career teaching history and German at both the high school and college level, Nat now spends his time researching family history and genealogy. He writes a monthly newsletter on these and other subjects.
Steven Tsuchiya: Winging It
Thursday, March 20
Steven Tsuchiya, an America's Cup historian, will deliver an analysis of how Oracle Team USA overcame an enormous deficit to successfully defend the America's Cup. Steve will examine the elements that made the 2013 match so close and how OTUSA won, including: the differences in yacht design philosophy between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle Team USA's penalty prior to the Cup, the critical judgment calls made by both teams, the impact of the rules on the outcome, the evolving sailing technique particularly on the upwind leg, key tactical decisions, modifications to the boats, and OTUSA's changes to the tuning of the wing and appendages. Steve will illustrate his analysis with his photographs of the America's Cup including images from behind-the-scenes. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Steve's presentation will appeal to the novice and the expert. Steve is the co-author (with Diane Swintal and Robert Kamins) of Winging It: Oracle Team USA's Incredible Comeback to Defend the America's Cup. He is also a contributor to Sailing World magazine and serves on the Selection Committee of the America's Cup Hall of Fame.
Dyer Jones: America's Cup Now and Then
Thursday, February 27
Dyer Jones is currently the Chairman of the Selection Committee of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI. Dyer started his career with the America's Cup in 1967 working for the Columbia syndicate where he spent the summer hauling sails up and down the dock. He was the Regatta Director for the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series in 2000 and 2003 in Auckland, NZ, and Regatta Director for the 32nd America's Cup in 2007 in Valencia, Spain. He has worked for the past 40 years at The Anchorage, Inc. in Warren, RI, which builds Dyer Boats (he is named for the firm's founder, his grandfather, William Dyer). Dyer is a former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club and served as its Race Committee Chairman during the memorable 1983 America’s Cup. He is also the co-author with Luigi Lang of an authoritative history of the 12 Metre Class.
Cory Silken: Yachting and Lifestyle Photographer
Thursday, January 16th
Cory Silken is a yachting and luxury lifestyle photographer based in Newport, Rhode Island. Silken regularly travels to the Caribbean and throughout the world for fine art and commercial projects. His dynamic and creative imagery appears in most of the major yachting magazines around the globe, and is published in numerous books, including Herreshoff Sailboats. His clients range from local organizations, such as the International Yacht Restoration School, to some of the top shipyards in the world, such as Royal Huisman and Pendennis, and he also photographs regattas for title sponsors such as Panerai and Bacardi.