In conjunction with the exhibition The Voyage or Three Years at Sea, the Charles H. Scott Gallery and Vancity Theatre present a lecture by Matthew Taylor Raffety and the screening of two films about modern day piracy.

Matthew Raffety is a historian who has written extensively about maritime history. His published work on piracy includes The Enemy of All Mankind: Pirates, Piracy and the Autonomy of the High Seas for the journal “Contra Mundum IV”. Raffety has a PhD from Columbia University and teaches at Redlands University in California. His book ‘The Republic Afloat: Law, Honor, and Citizenship in Maritime America was released this spring by The University of Chicago Press. Raffety is featured in the film Stolen Seas.

Screenings include Stolen Seas: Tales of Somali Piracy, a documentary directed by Thymaya Payne (GB and Somalia, 2011), and the feature film and thriller A Hijacking, directed by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark, 2012).

Schedule for the evening:
6:30 Matthew Taylor Raffety introduces Stolen Seas: Tales of Somali Piracy
6:45 Screening of Stolen Seas: Tales of Somali Piracy
8:15 Matthew Taylor Raffety, Lecture
9:10 Screening of A Hijacking

For more information please visit Vancity Theare’s website.  The evening is presented in collaboration with Vancity Theatre.