<p>Our speaker will be Alethea Gaarden speaking on “Women on the Waves,” one deckhand's perspective on the importance of tall ship sailing in the 21st century, even—and maybe especially—for people who don't think of themselves as sailors, athletes, or adventurers. Alethea graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2014 with a double major in English and Political Science. She began sailing the summer before her senior year. After finishing graduate school at Ohio University, she came back to Erie to spend one summer working for the brig Niagara as a deckhand and shipwright's apprentice. That “one summer” turned into a year, and then two, and then three. In 2019, she finally left the Niagara to teach at Mercyhurst, where she currently works full-time for the English department.<br><br>In August, she'll accompany a group of current Mercyhurst students for a joint history and writing program aboard the Niagara. She can't wait to be back on the water.</p>
Please join us on June 1st, 2022 at 6:00 pm, for our pre-dinner cocktail and chat time and remember to bring your friends and acquaintances. Reservations are required.
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