Julie Brown

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor


Dr Julie Brown of Clatsop Community College, Oregon, USA, came to Dornoch as a Fulbright Programme Specialist in March 2018. Dr Brown has research, teaching and community engagement interests in coastal and maritime culture and literature of the sea and gave a range of seminars, workshops, local community groups and schools visits, readings and mentoring on these cross-disciplinary themes, assisting us thereby with the further development of the Coastal History strand of our work.

Monday 12 March, 16.00-17.00 – ‘Swilltown Rats: Crime at the Mouth of Big River, 1880-1920’, Centre for History, Dornoch and online
This presentation and discussion for online taught postgraduate students focused on when Astoria, Oregon, was (due to the number of highly-paid young, single fishermen) one of the crime capitals of the USA. Dr Brown explored the place-based maritime crimes that flourished (shanghaiing, prostitution, opium trade, fighting, etc.) in that part of coastal Oregon at the time.

Tuesday 13 March, 19.00-20.00 – ‘Astoria's “Fisher Poets Gathering”: Celebrating and Preserving the Maritime Culture of the Commercial Fisher Men and Women of the Pacific Northwest Coast and Alaska’, face-to-face talk and discussion, Seaboard Memorial Hall, Balintore.
Astoria's Fisher Poets Gathering is an annual festival for celebrating the poems, songs, stories, and art by commercial fishermen and women who work along the Pacific Northwest Coast, Alaska, and beyond. Dr Brown read poems and also shared recordings and film clips to show how the Astoria community continues to celebrate and preserve its maritime culture.

Wednesday 14 March, 17.30-18.45 - 'Where Water Comes Together with Other Water: The River/Sea Culture of Chinook Indians', face-to-face, VC/online public lecture, Centre for History, Dornoch.
Dr Brown’s presentation discussed how the geographical features of the Columbia River estuary on the Pacific Coast shaped the culture, world view, language, and myths of the Chinook Indians. Special emphasis was placed on the position of canoes and salmon within this.

Tuesday 20 March, 13.00-14.15 – ‘Work Is Our Joy: Scandinavian Immigrants and Salmon Fishing in Astoria, Oregon (1850-Present)’, face-to-face lecture, Rivers and Lochs Institute Lunchtime Seminar, Inverness College UHI
Astoria, Oregon, experienced an enormous rush of immigrants from Scandinavia in the 19th century. Dr Brown showed how the river and fishing created a bustling culture of riverfront and maritime livelihoods. This was the world's largest salmon fishery at the time with one million fish being harvested each year.

Period5 Mar 201823 Mar 2018
Visiting fromClatsop Community College (United States)
Visitor degreePhD
Degree of RecognitionInternational