Pirates and Bandits: Teaching the Myths and Realities in the K-12 Classroom



An NCTA & Global Studies Center Mini-Course

May 17 & May 18, 2024

May 17 (Day 1) Time:  5:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
May 18 (Day 2) Time:  8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Hybrid Mini-Course (In-Person with Online Zoom Option)

4130 W Wesley Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh


ARRGH, Avast Ye Swabs! (or so pirates are supposed to say...)

Join us for a swashbuckling mini-course on historical bandits and pirates around the world. What are the myths? What are the facts? Faculty experts will discuss global piracy, representations of pirates in the media, piracy in the Atlantic world, and bandits in East Asia. We will also discuss curricular applications of pirates and bandits for the K-12 classroom. This two day mini-course is particularly applicable for teachers of World History, U.S. History, East Asia studies, Global Studies, Film Studies and World Cultures. 

We strongly encourage in-person attendance, but the program will be hybrid, and you may choose to attend online or in person. All participants will receive Global Piracy: A Documentary History of Seaborne Banditry; in-person participants will receive an extra book. Benefits also include a Certificate of Completion and some travel reimbursement subsidies available for in-person attendees who live at least one hour outside of the Pittsburgh area. Pennsylvania teachers will also receive Act 48 hours.
Mini-Course Schedule
Friday, May 17, 2024
5:00pm - 6:45pm
Dinner & Keynote Lecture
A Global Perspective of Seaborne Banditry
Dr. James E. Wadsworth - Stonehill College
7:00pm - 8:00pm
From the Pits of Hell to the Annals of Twitter: Transgressive Pirates in the Media
Dr. Kirsten Strayer - University of Pittsburgh
Saturday, May 18, 2024
8:30am - 10:15am
Pirates of Empire: Piracy in the Early Modern Atlantic World 
Dr. Alexandra Straub - University of Pittsburgh
10:30am - 11:45am
Beyond the Bandit: What the Myths Might Teach Students
Dr. Morten Oxenboell - Indiana University
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Engaging Piracy through “Pirates of the Caribbean”
Dr. Roger Rouse - University of Pittsburgh
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Scholar & Educator Round Table - Teaching Pirates & Bandits in the Classroom
with Alexandra Straub, Roger Rouse, Morten Oxenboell, and James Wadsworth
Pirates and Bandits: Teaching the Myths and Realities in the K-12 Classroom - Day 1
Friday, May 17, 2024 - 17:00 to Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 15:00
Pirates and Bandits: Teaching the Myths and Realities in the K-12 Classroom - Day 1
Event Location: 
4130 Posvar Hall