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Armstrong State University Professor Kurt Knoerl featured speaker at R. Frank Saunders, Jr. Fall History Lecture

Kurt Knoerl, Ph.D.

Georgia Southern University’s Department of History will host Kurt Knoerl, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Armstrong State University, as the featured speaker at the R. Frank Saunders, Jr. Fall history Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 17 in Room 2071 of the Arts Building.

Knoerl’s talk, titled “The Online Museum of Underwater Archaeology: Public Outreach and the Internet,” will focus on the online Museum of Underwater Archaeology (MUA), which he founded in 2004.

Since its incorporation, the MUA has helped hundreds of researchers publish more than 300 pages of content viewed in more than 90 countries worldwide. Through online exhibits, public lectures and education materials, the MUA has helped educate the public about the need to preserve maritime past.

Knoerl is an expert in maritime history and the Director of the MUA. Since it was founded, the museum has made efforts to bring the work of underwater archaeologists to the general public through web-based exhibits. The museum also assists professional, student and avocational underwater archaeologists by creating museum style exhibits, briefs, journals and blog postings on the internet.

Knoerl has been with the Department of History at Armstrong State University since August and teaches classes in United States and Georgia Political History, First Year Experience, and Digital History at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He previously was an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun and Manassas Campuses.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 118 degree programs serving 20,673 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit



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