That's the theme of the fall Lycoming Scholars seminar, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. 

During the course of the semester, students, faculty and guest lecturers will explore such topics as the science of pre-modern piracy, astral navigation, piracy in popular culture and film, and modern piracy, to name a few.  With Peter Leeson's "The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates" serving as the primary text, guest speakers will include Captain Henry Hirschel of Amherst College on celestial navigation and Lieutenant Commander Claude Berube of the U.S. Naval Academy on modern Somali pirates.

The Lycoming College Scholars Program is designed to meet the needs and aspirations of highly motivated and intellectual students through enhanced distribution requirements, independent research and interdisciplinary study. 

Past Scholars seminars have included "Disney Films," "Crime and Punishment," "The Middle East" and "The Jazz Age".  This year, 57 students from the Class of 2014 received invitations to join the program. 

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