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New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA 02740-6398)
Timothy W. Marr (Project Director: March 2017 to present)

Moby-Dick and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age

A two-week institute for twenty-five school teachers on Moby-Dick, its artistic and historical contexts, and classroom approaches to the text.

The Melville Society Cultural Project and the New Bedford Whaling Museum will present "Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age,” a two-week Summer Institute for Teachers — from June 17 to June 30, 2018 in New Bedford, Massachusetts—that will empower participants to encounter the rich worlds of Moby-Dick so that they can better interpret its wonders for their students in the 21st century. Through in-depth discussions of the novel, participatory seminars, and experiential encounters, the scholars from the Melville Society Cultural Project who would serve as lead faculty will guide participants through interdisciplinary inquiry into literary, historical, and aesthetic contexts that have enabled Melville’s Whale to thrive as a powerful meaning-making enterprise. New Bedford and its Whaling Museum provide a unique vantage point from which to explore the world of 19th-century whaling out of which the novel emerged.

Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History

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Total amounts:
$136,342 (approved)
$136,342 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 12/31/2018