Modern piracy is focus of Sailors’ Series lecture, March 22

Commander Andrew J. Norris, USCG, will examine modern piracy in the next Sailors’ Series lecture on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater.

A photograph circa 1870 of the whale ship LAGODA shows false gun ports painted on the hull, a common practice meant to deter pirates on the high seas. Piracy today remains an ever-present danger and is the topic of the next Sailors' Series lecture with CDR Andrew J. Norris, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.

In his presentation CDR Norris will include statistics on piracy, problem areas, the international response and the U.S. response, and review self-defense rules that apply to U.S.-flag merchant vessels.

CDR Norris is a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College, serving as the United States Coast Guard representative to the International Law Department staff. He reported to the College in August 2010 after completing a four-year tour in Honolulu, as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District, which encompasses 12.2 million square miles of the western and central Pacific Ocean. Prior to that, from 2002-2006, CDR Norris was an assistant professor of law at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. From 1998-2002, CDR Norris was a marine casualty investigator at Marine Safety Office New Orleans. His first tour of duty in the Coast Guard, from 1994-1998, was as a staff attorney at the Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command, Norfolk, Virginia.

He also served a four-year tour as a Navy division officer from 1985-1989 aboard the USS KIDD (DDG 993). During that tour, he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer. CDR Norris is also a collateral-duty Coast Guard military judge. As such, he presides over special courts-martial of Coast Guard personnel throughout the country.

He received a BA in biology from the University of Virginia in 1984, and a JD from the University of Florida in 1993.

Sailors’ Series admission: $15 for members, $20 for non-members. To reserve tickets, please call 508-997-0046 ext. 100. A pre-lecture reception at 6:30 p.m. will be held in the Jacobs Family Gallery.

Sailors’ Series lectures continue on April 26 and May 24 and are sponsored by C.E. Beckman Co. and Citizens~Union Savings Bank.

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