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Notes from a Visit to Malta

Posted on May 21st 2013

In Malta, “the hub of the Mediterranean,” the past is omnipresent in a physical sense, with remnants of ancient walls everywhere, sometimes with modern structures rising above them. Ubiquitous yellowish limestone, some of it sufficiently soft gives uniformity to the scene. On Gozo, Malta’s neighboring island, you can see stone hard enough to last for millennia at Neolithic Ggantija, a Stonehenge-like temple complex of staggering antiquity, predating Egypt’s pyramids. The islands are sufficiently small that one can glimpse the Mediterranean from any elevated spot.

Tracking Dr. Patterson in the Pacific

Posted on April 11th 2013

Armchair sailors and others too may enjoy keeping track of our Research Fellow Dr. Kirk Patterson as he begins his solo sail across the Pacific to Japan. He plans the subsequently to circumnavigate the Japanese archipelago, the first solo foreigner to do so. To monitor his progress he says

Patterson to tour Japanese archipelago by sea

Kirk Patterson, IGMS Research Fellow and former Dean of the Temple University Japan campus, aims to be the first foreigner to do a full circumnavigation of the Japanese archipelago. He embarked in April 2012 from Victoria, B.C. for Honlolulu, Hawai'i. He will resume the voyage in April 2013.

Occasional Paper #6: Somali Piracy - Lessons from 19th Century China

This paper was completed as a master's thesis for the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, under the aegis of Professor John Curtis Perry.

Perry reviews The Human Shore at Choice

Professor Perry's review of John Gillis' The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History (University of Chicago, 2012) will appear in Choice.

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