About the Exhibition

Helen Rozwadowski aboard the schooner Mystic Whaler

Helen M. Rozwadowski is a professor of history and founder of the University of Connecticut’s Maritime Studies program. Her award-winning book, Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea, chronicles the nineteenth-century scientific and cultural discovery of the depths. Her recent book, Vast Expanses: A History of the Oceans (Reaktion Books, 2018), was published by an independent publisher of innovative nonfiction and came out in a Korean edition in 2019 and a Chinese edition in 2020. She is co-editor of the new University of Chicago PressOceans in Depth” book series. 


This virtual exhibit emerged from the fellowship period I was privileged to enjoy at the Rachel Carson Center in spring 2018, which gave me the time and freedom to think broadly about the intersections between the traditional field of maritime history, the emerging field of ocean history that I am actively promoting, and the environmental humanities, more specifically, the blue humanities. I would like to thank in particular Katharine Anderson, Kimberly Coulter, Kevin Dawson, Ruhi Deol, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Daniel Hornstein, Katherine Morrissey, Jonatan Palmblad, and two anonymous reviewers for their generous and helpful questions, contributions, assistance, and insights. As I worked on this exhibit, students in my fall 2018 Introduction to Maritime Studies course at the University of Connecticut created their own version of this exhibit, which opened at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus on April 9, 2018.

Two posters from the University of Connecticut’s Maritime Studies Student Exhibit of 2018

This introductory poster to the University of Connecticut’s Maritime Studies 1101 student exhibit in 2018 introduces viewers to the goals and overall argument of the exhibit as well as its connection to the “blue humanities.”


One of the posters contributing to the 2018 student exhibit, this one examines the Bridge-Moat paradox. Others, not included here, explored Repository-Mirror and Destination-Home.