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Lincoln Paine

A Map and a Sense of Time: A Guide to Navigating the Global Past

"CUSP Alumni Journeys"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Davis Auditorium

World history is daunting but by no means indecipherable. It helps to start with the basics, and a map and a sense of time are certainly indispensable. This wide-ranging talk considers various ways of approaching the global past, the value of the core curriculum as a foundation for historical inquiry, and the practical and aesthetic rewards of reading and writing world history.


Lincoln Paine is a maritime historian, author, editor, and curator whose books include the award-winning The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (2013), Down East: A Maritime History of Maine (2000), and Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997). He has also lectured about literature of the sea, exploration, maritime law, trade and passenger shipping, naval history, geopolitics, museum curatorship, and decorative arts in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.


A graduate of Columbia College, he spent fourteen years as a non-fiction and reference book editor and currently specializes in editing academic writing by non-native speakers of English. A trustee of the Maine Maritime Museum, he formerly served on the boards of the Portland Stage Company and The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center for children and young adults.

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