Island Events & Attractions

BIMI Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Just because you’re enjoying the beautiful views and fresh breezes of Block Island doesn’t mean you have to put your brain on hold. The Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) has put together a whole series of Tuesday night lectures by historians, scientists, authors and researchers on all things related to seafaring and the sea from June 26 through August 21.

The first lecture of the series begins June 26 at 7:00pm, featuring author, Elizabeth Rush on "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore." Other dates include: "The Palatine Wreck" by author Jill Farinelli (July 10), "Sea Shanties" (July 17), "BI Wind Farm and the BI Energy Utility" by Bryan Wilson, BI Wind Farm Manager, & Barbara MacMullan, BI Public Utilities Commission (July 24), "Beluga Whales" by Tracy Romano, Vice President of Research and Senior Scientist at Mystic Aquarium (July 31), "BIMI 20th Anniversary Celebration & the BIMI Building’s 101st Birthday" (August 7),  "Fishing Block Island Sound" by Dave Monti, Recreational and Charter Fisherman (August 14) and "Radioactivity in the Ocean and Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Disaster" by Sofia Baumann, Research Professor at UConn (August 21).

Bring your curiosity and appetite, because you’ll have a chance to enjoy lively Q&A, discussion and free refreshments and snacks after each presentation. While the Lecture Series is geared to adults, the Institute also has fun programs all like harbor tours of the Great Salt Pond, Sunset Photography Cruises, a weeklong Dolphin program for teens and art programs for kids. 

Check out all the lecture dates & more at Seating is limited and space fills quickly.

Admission is free for all lectures in the series, but donations are always welcome. For more information, call 401.500.3501 or visit the website at

June 26, 2018 - August 21, 2018
Block Island Maritime Institute
216 Ocean Avenue
Block Island, RI 02807