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Speaker Series: Life of an American Consul on the  African Coast in the Age of Sail

  • Upper Deck at CIMM 3900 Bluefin Circle Oxnard, CA, 93035 United States (map)

In the diplomatic world, one of the least understood roles is that of consul. Of all the continents where American diplomats serve, Africa is the least familiar. Dr. Stephen Grant lived in sub-Saharan Africa for over 15 years, with a stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a career as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Government. He is an author with 5 books to his credit.

In an illustrated talk on October 17, Grant will turn his attention to Peter Strickland, a Connecticut Yankee who was born in the 1830s and died in the 1920s. Grant will address the following subjects of inquiry before giving the audience the opportunity to ask their own questions.

1--How did a sea captain from New London, CT become the first American consul to Senegal on the westernmost tip of Africa?  2--What did Peter Strickland do as consul in French-speaking West Africa from 1883 to 1905? 3--What kind of family life did Peter Strickland have during his long posting? 4—What communication did Consul Strickland have with his superiors at the State Department? 5--What legacy did Strickland leave behind?

The Honorary Consul from Senegal to L.A. has been invited to attend the event, at which there will be live music and an opportunity to purchase an inscribed copy of the speaker’s biography of Peter Strickland for $15. The $15 can be cash or check. 

Earlier Event: October 13
Hikianalia Dockside Tours
Later Event: October 18
FREE Third Thursday!