Symposium to focus on Whaling, World Cultures, and Contemporary Issues

Biennial Whaling History Symposium: April 27-28 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Biennial Whaling History Symposium returns on April 27-28, 2019 with a focus on gaps in analysis and new perspectives on whaling, world cultures, and contemporary issues. Scholars and experts representing a variety of disciplines will present on a wide range of topics. The symposium is open to the public and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. Cost to attend is $85 for Whaling Museum members, $95 for non-members, and $65 for students with a college ID. The Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. Full details and the symposium schedule are at

Whaling Museum Curator of Maritime History Michael P. Dyer said, “The Biennial Whaling History Symposium follows in the tradition of other broad-based examinations of whaling history, which have included voyage events, technology, genealogy, race and gender, social history, ecosystems, and the arts. Presentations will cross disciplines, presenting broad-ranging, but highly focused scholarly insights and important, but often overlooked, historical perspectives.”

Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Michael Dyer will open the proceedings at 9:00 a.m., followed by the keynote presentation by Michael Moore, Director of the Marine Mammal Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: “Food for Thought: How we all Kill Whales.” A complete schedule of presentations and breakout sessions is available online.

Tina Malott
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046 Ext. 140


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit


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CAPTION: Anonymous. [There she blows!], wood engraving. In J. Ross Browne, Etchings of a Whaling Cruise. New York: Harper & Bros., 1846.

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