Capt. Cook & the HMB Endeavour: Australia & America - An Enduring Bond Between Our Two Nations

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March 7, 2017
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Australian and New Zealand History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, History Education, Indigenous Studies, Maritime History / Studies

High-level Academic Conference dealing with Capt. Cook & the HMB Endeavour featuring presentations by distinguished scholars from US and Australia, including from the Australian National Maritime Museum. Tuesday, March 7th, 8:30 am to noon.

​“Capt. Cook & the HMB Endeavour: Australia and Americ - An Enduring Bond Between Our Two Nation

8:30 am – 12 pm Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - Maritime Academic Center (MAC), SUNY Maritime College, Pennyfield Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465

Conference Moderator – Dr. Mark Meirowitz, Assistant Professor, Humanities, SUNY Maritime College


8:30 am – 8:55 am

Morning Coffee (MAC ATRIUM outside the MAC MultiPurpose Room)

Presentation of the Color Guard (USA and Australian Flags)/Singing of the National Anthems of the USA and Australia

8:55 AM  9 am

Welcoming Remarks  Hon. Nick Minchin, Consul General of Australia; Aimee Bernstein, VP for University Relations, SUNY Maritime College (on behalf of Admiral Alfultis, President, SUNY Maritime College)and Dr. Karen MarkoeChair, Humanities Department, SUNY Maritime College (on behalf of Dr. Joseph Hoffman, Interim Provost & VP Academic Affairs, SUNY Maritime College)

9 am to 10:15 am
Panel 1 – HMB Endeavour and Captain Cook – The American Connection

Introductory Remarks by Prof. David Allen, SUNY Maritime College Humanities Department and Board Member, The Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler (SUNY Maritime College)(“SUNY Maritime Museum”); and Discussant

KEYNOTE SPEAKERDr. Kathy AbbassDirector of The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) “RIMAP, HMB Endeavour and Capt. Cook”

10:15 to 10:30 am

Coffee Break (MAC ATRIUM)

10:30 am to 10:45 amSpecial Remarks by Ambassador John Berry (Ret.)President, American Australian Association; and former United StatesAmbassador to Australia

10:45 am to 12 noon

Panel 2  The Australian National Maritime MuseumHMB Endeavour and Captain Cook – the Australian Connection

Welcoming remarks – Captain Eric Johansson, Executive Director, SUNY Maritime Museum & Professor, Marine Transportation Dept., SUNY Maritime College - Panel Introduced by Professor John Rocco, SUNY Maritime College Humanities Department and Board Member, SUNY Maritime Museum

Remarks by Kristin Hart, Library Director, Stephen B. Luce Library, SUNY Maritime College (“Luce Library”); and Annie Tummino, Archivist & Scholarly Communications Librarian, Luce Library


Kevin Sumption, Director, Australian National Maritime Museum (“ANMM”) -- Approaching the 250thAnniversary of Cook’s Australian Encounter”

Donna Carstens, Indigenous Curator, ANMM – ​Contemporary Indigenous Artists’ Exploration of European Encounters and American Connections with Australia’s First Peoples

12 Noon  Q & A – and Concluding Remarks (Dr. Meirowitz, Moderator)


Contact Info: 

Dr. Mark Meirowitz

Assistant Professor, SUNY Maritime College, 6 Pennyfield Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465