Whaling History Symposium

Thank you to all presenters and participants for another successful Whaling History Symposium! Hope to see you again in 2015

Charles W Morgan dockside at MysticSeaport

June 30 - July 3, 2014

The 38th Whaling History Symposium was co-hosted by four institutions –The New Bedford Whaling Museum, Mystic Seaport, Nantucket Historical Association, and The Melville Society and was held June 30-July 3, to coincide with the return of the 1841 Whaleship Charles W. Morgan to New Bedford. The Morgan made its historic 38th Voyage and spent nine days in New Bedford. The Whaling History Symposium, first established in 1975, brings scholars, writers, artists, museum curators, and local historians to New Bedford from all over the country and abroad to share interests in whales, whaling, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, maritime history, nautical lore, and the many intriguing facets of whaling heritage worldwide. This time around, the Charles W. Morgan was the focus, but the topics covered were wide-ranging and deeply engaging.

The Whaling History Symposium was free and open to the public. All lectures, unless otherwise noted, will took place inside of Building 2 on State Pier, adjacent to the Charles W. Morgan.
 

SCHEDULE (Download with Abstracts)

MONDAY, JUNE 30

TOPIC: Whaling Ports, Whaling People
Location:
State Pier, Building 2
Chair: Mary K. Bercaw Edwards (The Melville Society, University of Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport)

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.    
Peggi Medeiros (New Bedford Standard-Times), Fletcher Christian's Great Grandson George, Honour Matthews Earle, Assistant Navigator, and Captain James Earle: The Morgan’s Most Fascinating Trio

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.        
Speakers: Bill Tramposch (Nantucket Historical Association), Jan Ferguson (Butler Point Whaling Museum, Mangonui, NZ), and Caroline Fitzgerald (New Zealand Filmmaker & Historian)
Butler Point: A "Safe" Harbor in Northland New Zealand

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.        
Betsy Tyler (Nantucket Historical Association)
Ship of Fools: Wine, Women, and Mutiny on the New Bedford whaleship William Gifford
 

TOPIC: Whales and Natural History
Location: State Pier, Building 2
Chair: Wyn Kelley (The Melville Society and MIT)

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.  
Christopher Sten (The Melville Society and George Washington University)
Melville's Whale, Autism, and the Question of Animal Intelligence

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.    
Dale Peterson (Tufts University)
Moby-Dick and Animal Minds

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.       
Jennifer Baker (The Melville Society and New York University)
The Art and Science of Moby-Dick

TUESDAY, JULY 1

TOPIC: Whaling and Melville
Location: State Pier, Building 2
Chair: Jennifer Baker (The Melville Society and New York University)

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.     
Mary K. Bercaw Edwards (The Melville Society, University of Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport)
Herman Melville’s Whaling Years

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.        
Jason Hine (Mystic Seaport)
Melville, Whaling, and the Galápagos

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.        
Wyn Kelley (The Melville Society and MIT)
The Poetry of Whaling
 

TOPIC: Whaling and Moby-Dick in Film and Popular Culture
Location:
State Pier, Building 2
Chair: Christopher Sten (The Melville Society and George Washington University)

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.            
Timothy Marr (The Melville Society and University of North Carolina)
The Continuing Migrations of Moby-Dick through American Popular Culture

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.       
Fred Calabretta (Mystic Seaport)
Whaling in the Movies

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.       
Jaime Campomar (Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina)
Rendering Whales into Movies: the 1956 Film Adaptation of Moby-Dick

TUESDAY EVENING, JULY  1

Melville Society Exhibition Opening with talk by Curator Robert K. Wallace (The Melville Society and Northern Kentucky University)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: New Bedford Whaling Museum, Center Street Gallery
 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

TOPIC: The Enterprise of Whaling
Location: State Pier, Building 2
Chair: Timothy Marr (The Melville Society and University of North Carolina)

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.     
Steve Purdy (Mystic Seaport)
A Great American Enterprise: 19th-Century American Whaling and the Industrial Revolution

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.        
Judith Lund
Saints and Sinners: Whaling Masters Good and Bad

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.        
Robert E. Harding
Philip Cummings, Dartmouth Martyr, and The House He Built in 1702
 

TOPIC: Whaling around the World
Location: State Pier, Building 2
Chair: Robert K. Wallace (The Melville Society and Northern Kentucky University)

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.            
Laurie Robertson-Lorant (New Bedford Historical Society, The Melville Society, and Bridgewater State University)
Bringing New Bedford's History Home to Us: The Charles W. Morgan, Maritime New Bedford and the Antislavery Movement

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.       
Márcia Dutra (University of the Azores)
Western Islands – The impact of the American Whaling in the Azores

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.       
Hayato Sakurai (Taiji Historical Archives)
Great Forbidden Fish: Manjiro and Whaling Rights in 19th-Century Japan  

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Diane Duprey (Bristol Community College)
Charles W. Morgan--The Man and His Ship        

THURSDAY, JULY 3

TOPIC: Whaling Heritage
Location: State Pier, Building 2
Chair: Christina Connett (New Bedford Whaling Museum)

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Bradley Barr (NOAA)
New Bedford and the Global Whaling Heritage Landscape

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Michael P. Dyer (New Bedford Whaling Museum)
Illustrated Whaling Journals of the 19th Century

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Anthony Ucci (Bristol Community College)
Architecture of the Whaling City

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Pamela J. Cole (Bristol Community College)
Elder Moses How: He Was the Second Chaplain of the Seamen's Bethel and He Tried Harder

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
Barbara Bedell (Author of Colonel Edward Howland Robinson Green and the World He Created at Round Hill)
The Charles W. Morgan at Round Hill

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Robert Demanche and Donald F. Tucker (Co-authors, The Last of the Fairhaven Coasters)
Precious Cargo in Tow: Captain Claude S. Tucker and the Morgan's Farewell Trip to Mystic

 


THANK YOU all Whaling History Symposium Sponsors!

Boston Marine Society
 

Michael Dury
 

Melville Society
 

Mystic Seaport Logo
 

Nantucket Historical Association logo
 

New Bedford Whaling Museum logo

Last Modified: July 15, 2014