Captain Richard Philips, the hero portrayed in the movie “Captain Phillips,” to speak at Fairfield University

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (February 13, 2015) - On Tuesday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m., Richard Phillips will speak at the Fairfield University Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts about his experience as captain of the Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in April 2009.  For five days, the world watched as the ship and its captain and crew became the center of an extraordinary international drama. The ordeal was portrayed in film in Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, which was nominated for both Oscar and Golden Globe awards.

The title of the lecture is “Steering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership from Captain Phillips.” He is the author of A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea.

Limited tickets are available for $20. For more information, call (203) 254-4010 (toll-free at 877-278-7396) e-mail

This lecture is sponsored by the Fairfield University Student Association and the Quick Center for the Arts.

“Steering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership from Captain Phillips”

Fairfield University Student Association Lecture

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Fairfield University, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts; Tickets $20

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Posted on February 13, 2015

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