Lecture: We Account the Whale Immortal
By Philip Hoare
Friday, May 18
Reception 6 pm | Lecture 7 pm
Tickets Members $10 | Non-Members $15
“When Melville declared in Moby-Dick, ‘We account the whale immortal,’ was he making a presumptive statement? Or looking forward to our fast-changing world and what lies beyond its horizon?”
Drawing on his new book RisingTideFallingStar, Philip Hoare discussed how humans relate to the sea’s natural history – its whales, its birds, its tides, its extremes, and what these stories say about us. How does our culture relate to the culture of whales, birds, and the sea itself? Drawing on his wide and often extreme experience, such as swimming with sperm whales in the Azores and Sri Lanka, Philip presented an exciting array of anecdotes, ideas, and images. The evening included a screening of a short film Killers in Paradise showing a remarkable meeting of sperm and killer whales in the Indian Ocean.
“The sea is the new frontier. It is where our future will play out. It is our past, too. We have lived off it and on it. It is perhaps the most vital part of our economic, cultural, and poetic relationship with the natural world. Most weighty of all as a symbol of that relationship is the vast shape of the whale – from myth to industrial resource to symbol of ecological fragility – it mirrors the way our world has progressed.” –Philip Hoare