Explaining the world of the Golden Age Pirates on VICE Media's
Guns, Rum, and the Gallows documentary.
Colin Woodard is a skilled public speaker who has provided keynote presentations at
hundreds of conferences, meetings, literary festivals, and other events in the U.S,
Canada, the Caribbean and Western Europe. He presents on a wide range of topics,
including the issues raised in
Ocean's End, The Lobster Coast, The Republic of Pirates,
American Nations, and American Character.

He has presented to a wide range of audiences including:

Professional/Industry association keynote addresses: Council on Foundation's
Philanthropy Exchange 2014 (1200 philanthropic leaders in Washington, DC); Q Ideas 2017
(1500 guests in Nashville, TN); HR Policy Association Annual Meeting (1500 guests in
Washington, DC); Northern California Young Presidents' Organization (San Francisco);
SeaSpace Symposium (St. George's Grenada); Governing Institute Outlook 2014 (300
corporate leaders; National Press Club; Washington, D.C);Maine Science Teachers'
Association (Gardiner, Me.); Wild Blueberry Association of North America (Bangor, Me.);  
American College of Surgeons, Maine Chapter (Northeast Harbor, Me.); Maine Tourism
Association (300 guests; Freeport, Me.); Lobster Academy (60 global seafood industry
executives; St. Andrews, NB, Canada); Maine Judicial Conference (500 lawyers and judges;
Rockport, Me.); U.S. First Circuit Judges' Workshop (30 federal judges; New Castle, N.H.);
Tennessee Public Health Association annual conference (500 public health professionals;
Franklin, Tenn.); Council of Christian Colleges and Universities 2018 Forum (1000
members; Dallas, Tex.); Maine Archives and Museums Association (Farmington, Me.).

Government and policy conference speaker: Treasury Executive Institute (Washington,
D.C.); The Pew Oceans Commission Charter Meeting (audience included two governors,
Leon Panetta, David Rockefeller Jr., and the chairman of US Airways; Washington, D.C.);  
Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference Annual Meeting (Atlantic City,
N.J); Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference Robert J. Thompson
Leadership Academy (Philadelphia, Pa.); Gateway 1 Conference (150 state and municipal
officials; Rockport, Me.); Maine Coast Seminar (Stonington, Me.); Governing Michigan
Leadership Forum (Lansing, Mich.); Governing Maryland Leadership Forum (College Park,
Md.); Governing Georgia Leadership Forum (Atlanta).

Conference keynotes: Rediscovering the Lost Region Conference at Grand Rapids State
University (400 guests at academic conference; Grand Rapids, MI); Q Ideas 2017 (1500 in
audience; Nashville, Tenn.); Many Faces of Piracy Conference at California University of
Pennsylvania; Maine Land Conservation Conference (450 guests; Topsham, Me.);Maine
Downtown Center Conference (400 guests; Bath, Me.); Bangor Festival of the Book (Me.);

Non-profit annual meeting keynotes: Maine Historical Society; Cape Elizabeth Land
Trust; Maine Island Trails Association; Portland Society of Architects (Me.); North Haven
Conservation Partners (Me.); Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (Bath, Me.); Brick Store
Museum (Kennebunk, Me.); Freeport Conservation Trust (Me.); Damariscotta River
Association (Me.); Tate House Museum (Portland, Me.)

Scientific/academic meeting speaker: 2005 National Sea Grand Conference (400 ocean
scientists and officials; Rockport, Me.);
Marine Biodiversity: Using the Past to Understand
the Future, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego); Our Oceans Future
Conference, University of Maine School of Law; Ideas Conference, Mount Desert Island
Biological Laboratory (Mt. Desert Island, Me.); Maine Humanities Summit (on importance
of liberal arts; Augusta, Me.)

University guest speaker: Iowa State University (Ames, Ia.); University of Tokyo Center
for Pacific and American Studies; Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Me.); Doshisha University
(Kyoto, Japan); Simpson College (Indianola, Ia.); Bates College (Lewiston, Me.); Hauenstein
Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, Mi.); State
University of New York - Plattsburgh; Arizona State University - Washington Center (200
guests; Washington, D.C.); Goldfarb Center at Colby College (Waterville, Me.); Miami
University of Ohio (Oxford, Oh.); University of Maine - Farmington; University of Southern
Maine (Portland, Me.); St. Joseph's Collge (Standish, Me.)

Lecture series invited speaker: Museums of Colonial Willamsburg (Va.); Boston
Athenaeum (Ma.);
Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY); South Street Seaport Museum
(New York City); Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Ma.); Cosmos Club (Washington, DC);
Coastal Georgia Historical Society (St. Stimon Island, Ga.); World Affairs Council of
Oregon (Portland, Ore.); The Wetlands Institute (Stone Harbor, N.J); Greenwich Public
Library (Ct.); Maria Mitchell Association (Nantucket, Ma.); Island Institute (inaugural
speaker, Rockland,Me.); 1699 Wilson House Museum (Marshfield, Mass.); World Affairs
Council of Maine (Portland, Me.); Waterman's Center (North Haven, Me.); Falmouth
Hisorical Society (Ma.); Maine Audubon Society (Falmouth, Me.); Peddie School
(Highstown, NJ); Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (Me.); Sustainable Nantucket
(Ma.); Moses Parker Greeley Lecture (Lowell, Ma.); Penobscot Marine Museum (Searsport,
Me.); Mariner's Museum (Newport News, Va.); Tyron Palace (New Bern, N.C.); Museum
of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City, NC); North Carolina Maritime Museum (Beaufort, N.C.)

Private event guest speaker: Turks & Caicos Sporting Club (Ambergris Caye, Turks &
Caicos); Ubisoft European Mainstream Media Launch, Assassins Creed IV (Genoa, Italy);
Indian Harbor Yacht Club (Greenwich, Ct.); Larchmont Yacht Club (N.Y.); Cumberland
Club (Portland, Me.); TransAtlantic Academy, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
(Washington, D.C.)

Panelist: Atlantic Dialogues 2014 (on American regionalism; Marrakseh, Morocco); Asahi
World Forum 2018 (Tokyo, Japan; US regionalism and rise of Trump); International
Reporting Project, Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (on
transition from reporting to books; Washington, D.C.); Maine Book Festival (with Tony
Horowitz and Michael Willrich; Portland, Me.); New England First Amendment Institute (on
public records reporting; Dedham, Ma.); University of New England Conservation Day
Panel (on press and society; Portland, Me.); National Marine Educator's Conference (on
communicating science; Boston, Ma.)
Speaking Engagements by Colin Woodard:
Colin Woodard is a frequent national and regional media guest, speaking on a
range of topics related to his books and award-winning reporting. He has appeared
on hundreds of television and radio broadcasts in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the
Caribbean including:

National Television:
PBS News Hour; CNN's States of Change special; MSNBC's The
Rundown with Chuck Todd; CSPAN-1 (dedicated broadcasts of his American Nations talk
at Iowa State); Al Jazeera America's
The Stream; Bloomberg Television's Street Smart;
PBS's White House Chronicle, TLC's Who Do You Think You Are?; and The History
How The States Got Their Shapes; and two segments of CSPAN-2's BookTV.
He was the also the key on-air expert for VICE Media's three-part pirate mini-documentary
"Guns, Rum and the Gallows" and a Smithsonian Channel
Secrets episode on Blackbeard's
flagship. His journalism has also been the focus of segments on MSNBC's
Rachel Maddow
and WGBH's Beat the Press.

National Radio: National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, Tell Me More, and On Point
with Tom Ashbrook;
BBC World Service Newshour; ABC News Radio, Monocle 24's The
Public Radio International's Living On Earth,Air America's Thom Harmann
, BBC Radio Five Lates; USA Radio Network; Pacifica Radio Network News;
Monocle 24's
The Urbanist, and multiple shows on XM Satellite Radio.  

Regional & Local Television: New England Cable News (multiple); Voice of America
Television, US Embassy Television (to Bosnia-Herzegovina), WGVU Western Michigan
Public Television;  WGME-13 News (CBS, Portland, Me); WCSH/WLBZ's
207 and Bill
Green's Maine (NBC, Portland and Bangor, Me.); Turks & Caicos Islands national
television station WIV4, Plum-TV (Nantucket).

Regional Radio: CBC's Radio Noon (Montreal), As It Happens (Toronto) and seven
province-wide programs across the country from Nova Scotia to the Yukon
; Indiana
Public Radio, Iowa Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio; Maine Public Radio (multiple),
Ohio Public Radio,
New Hampshire Public Radio (multiple), KQED (San Francsico);
WAMC Northeast Public Radio (Upstate New York; multiple), Jefferson Public Radio
(California; multiple), Cincinnati Public Radio, KERA / North Texas Public Radio (Dallas);
WLRN / South Florida Public Radio; WOR-AM (New York), KPCC/Southern California
Public Radio (multiple); Lakeshore Public Radio (Indiana); NPR affiliates  WILL (Illinois),
WGVU (Michigan); KUOW (Seattle), KUER (Utah), and WAMU (Washington, DC);
CKNW in Vancouver, CBC Radio-1 (Montreal), WZLX (Boston), WGY-AM (Albany),
KPOO (San Francisco)  and Pacifica affiliates KPFA (Berkeley, multiple) and KPFK
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Colin discusses Republic
of Pirates on NPR's
Weekend Edition
"Colin Woodard's talks on the history
of Maine and its people are just as
vibrant, entertaining, and painlessly
informative as is his book,
The Lobster
.  His lively and knowledgeable
presentations are always compelling,
as is clear from the enthusiastic
responses of the overflow crowds
who turn out  every time he gives a
- Doreen Dun, President
Boothbay Region Historical Society, Me.
"Woodard is a very knowledgeable and
well researched speaker [who]
presents information in a fun and
interesting manner without the need of
visual aids.  He paints a vivid picture
of what life was like during the Golden
Age of Piracy and brought forth new
theories about the pirates’ motives.  
He managed to make the lecture
interesting even to those of us who
believe ourselves to be pirate experts.  
I would jump at the chance to have
him speak at The Mariners’ Museum
- Beth Kovach, lecture coordinator,
Mariner's Museum, Newport News, Va.
"Woodard’s recent talk held the room
captive with his seemingly endless
knowledge of pirate history. This is
“Blackbeard country” and he made
connections that surprised many in the
audience. His rapid fire delivery style
worked well with the subject and the
audience.  "
- Nancy Gray, Director, museum services
Tryon Palace & Gardens, New Bern, NC
"Colin presented a lecture on his book
The Republic of Pirates to a large
museum crowd and held them
spellbound with stories about the ‘real’
pirates of the Caribbean .  He adeptly
fielded wide-ranging questions and
offered primary source anecdotes with
humor and acumen.  Colin was
- Trish Balderson, education manager
Museums of Colonial Williamsburg,Va.
American Nations