Houston Maritime Museum presents History Lecture Series: The Voyage of Life
Houston Maritime Museum will present the upcoming lecture, The Voyage of Life, presented by Stephen Curley, Ph.D.
The sea voyage is one of the earliest metaphors about the meaning of life. This lecture looks at how that metaphor works. First, we examine a short poem by Walt Whitman that seems to be about a merchant vessel. Next we examine the story told in four 19th-century oil paintings by Thomas Cole, the Dean of the so-called Hudson River School of artists. And finally we listen to and appreciate a complex tale of self-interest and self-sacrifice in a traditional British ballad.
Curley is a Regents Professor and an award-winning teacher of literature, writing, and film at Texas A&M University at Galveston.