“Heart of the Sea” Lecture Series to be offered Whaling Museum, Nov. 3-17

Free public lectures a prelude to the blockbuster release by Warner Brothers

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — In advance of the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s exclusive New Bedford premiere in December of In the Heart of the Sea, – the long-awaited film by Ron Howard depicting the sinking of the whaleship Essex – a three-part lecture series on Tuesdays, November 3, 10, and 17 at 6:30 p.m. will be offered free to the public in the museum’s Cook Memorial Theater. A welcome reception at 6: 00 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery begins each evening. The series invite the public to learn about the culture and challenges experienced during the age of commercial whaling in New England and explore the connections between past and modern-day understanding of whales and conservation efforts today. Experts in whaling history, whale biology, the whaleship Essex, and whale conservation will lead each of the programs, which are supported in part by a grant from the NOAA Preserving America Initiative.

One copy of Nat Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea will be raffled off each evening. Save your seat by calling 508-997-0046 ext. 100 or register online.

November 3: “Whales: An Economic, Cultural and Environmental Icon,” a panel discussion about why whales were hunted, how our attitudes toward them have changed, and how we continue to impact their lives. Panelists include Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation; Scott Landry, Center for Coastal Studies; Dr. Michael Moore, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; and Robert Rocha, Director of K-12 and Science Programs.

November 10: “The Culture of Whales,” presented by Dr. Hal Whitehead, Dalhousie University, Author of “Sperm Whales: Social Evolution in the Ocean.”

November 17: “The Survivors: Life Before and After the Essex,” presented by Michael Harrison, Chief Curator, Nantucket Historical Association.


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