Thursday, May 14, 5:00pm • Free Zoom Livestream Event • Presented with Shack 15
In conversation with Christopher Willits • Moderated by Marcus Colombano
There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.
Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways—drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely.
Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé, The Outlaw Ocean brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.
Ian Urbina is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. He has won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News and a George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting. Several of his stories have been developed into major feature films and one was nominated for an Emmy Award. He has degrees in history and cultural anthropology from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. Before joining the Times, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Cuba and he also wrote about the Middle East and Africa for various outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
Christopher Willits is an artist, musician, and guitarist who creates immersive ambient music. As one of the core artists on the Ghostly International label roster since the early 2000s, Willits has continually evolved his craft, producing one of the most diverse and prolific catalogs within contemporary ambient music. Releases span introspective solo albums, widescreen audiovisuals, and unbridled collaborations. His process is an expression of love, inspired by an international audience of listeners, and the conviction that music can help catalyze personal transformation.
Marcus Colombano, founder of leading brand and creative studio Pineapple, has over 25 years of creative and strategy experience leading product and marketing innovation in Technology, Entertainment, and Design. His unique blend of strategic thinking, hands-on creative direction and flawless execution make him a triple-threat asset to any brand, established or entrepreneurial. With a pop-culture literacy, a sharp design eye and a high degree of global brand fluency, he brings a savvy sophistication to each project, often building bridges between communities and blurring the lines between traditional approaches. He adds to his brand consultancy, leading design, art, music and technology innovation conversations for such outlets as San Francisco Design Week, Outpost Trade and now SHACK15.