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National Aquarium Announces Final Presentations of 2014 Lecture Series


The National Aquarium, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF), announced the second half of the 2014 Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series, themed “National Marine Sanctuaries: Special Ocean Places and Their Champions” and featuring special guests Dr. James Delgado, Dr. David Wiley and Jean-Michel Cousteau.

The second half of the series kicks off on Sept. 10 with a lecture entitled “The Battle of Baltimore: How Our Harbor Helped Define America.” Co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Press and the Maryland Historical Society, the event, which coincides with the kick-off of Star Spangled Spectacular, will feature an expert panel of historians and authors discussing the significance of the Inner Harbor in United States history.

On Oct. 21, maritime archeologist and explorer Dr. James P. Delgado will lead a discussion entitled “Presenting Our Past: Discovering America’s Maritime Heritage.” As Director of Maritime Heritage in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries at NOAA, Dr. Delgado has explored the undersea wreckage of many historic ships, including the Titanic, the Carpathia, the Mary Celeste and the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.

On Nov. 11, the Aquarium welcomes marine biologist Dr. David Wiley for a lecture entitled “Uncovering the Underwater Lives of Humpback Whales.” As Research Coordinator at NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Wiley has pioneered new ways to use technology to protect and explore the world of whales. The lecture will investigate the advancement of shipping, fishing, and rescue equipment, and how it has been adapted to protect and conserve marine life.

The lecture series concludes on Dec. 3 with renowned maritime explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean-explorer Jacques Cousteau, presenting a lecture entitled “Building a Brighter Tomorrow through National Marine Sanctuaries.” Cousteau will center on the need to act and advocate for conservation of the water planet and the creation of marine sanctuaries.

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. at the National Aquarium, on 501 E. Pratt Street. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 6:30 p.m. The first three lectures are open to the public, and a suggested donation of $20 is appreciated to help the National Aquarium continue to offer quality programs and inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. Details regarding ticketing for Cousteau’s presentation will be forthcoming. For additional programming and ticketing information, please visit or call 410-576-3800. Space is limited.

The National Aquarium is proud to partner with the National Marine Sanctuaries System and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for the 2014 Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series, “National Marine Sanctuaries: Special Ocean Places and Their Champions.”