Diving With a Purpose: Exploring Submerged Heritage Preservation and Conservation of the African Diaspora

New England Aquarium Lecture Series with Jay V. Haigler: Thursday, February 15

Jay Haigler Photo courtesy of Jay V. Haigler

WHAT: In celebration of Black History Month, the New England Aquarium Lecture Series presents Jay Haigler, archaeologist and founding member of Diving With a Purpose (DWP), an international non-profit organization that documents and protects African slave-trade shipwrecks. DWP promotes maritime archaeology and ocean conservation through educational and training programs, mission leadership, and project support services for submerged heritage preservation and conservation projects worldwide, with a focus on the African Diaspora. In his talk, Haigler will share the powerful story of Clotilda—the last known slave ship to enter America.

The New England Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

WHEN: Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: In person at the New England Aquarium’s Simons Theatre, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. The lecture will also be livestreamed via Zoom.

HOW: The public can register for the free event here.

WHO: Jay V. Haigler is a registered archaeologist, founding board member, and lead instructor of Diving With a Purpose. He is the principal investigator for a U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency mission to search, identify, and recover World War II soldiers and aircraft missing in action in the coastal waters of France. He engages his passion for science communication through authoring and co-authoring academic journals, mass media, and digital publications. Haigler has worked with National Geographic magazine, the Public Broadcast System, and CBS News and 60 Minutes. He is a guest lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles, Stanford University, and the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. Haigler serves as a board member of several organizations including the American Anthropological Association, Archaeology Division, American Council on Underwater Archaeology, American Academy of Underwater Sciences, Society of Black Archaeologists, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary’s Advisory Council.


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