This Friday, January 8th, Melville scholars Wyn Kelley of MIT, Mary K. Bercaw-Edwards of Mystic Seaport and the University of Connecticut, Jennifer Baker of New York University, Tim Marr of the University of North Carolina and Robert K. Wallace of Northern Kentucky University will be meeting with members of Melville biographer Laurie Robertson-Lorant’s “Why MOBY Matters” seminar for a roundtable discussion of Moby-Dick. Participants in the seminar, about half of whom are teachers in local schools, have been reading Melville’s epic novel and meeting on Monday evening’s for the past nine weeks as a run-up to the annual Moby-Dick Marathon.
This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 4-5:30 at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s new education center, the Corson Maritime Learning Center. The discussion will be followed by a dinner at 6:00 ($12; call ahead, 508-997-0046) and a free lecture by Melville Society President, T. Walter Herbert at 7:30, both at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The Marathon–a continuous reading of Moby-Dick–will begin at noon on Saturday, January 9th, and finish up around noon on Sunday, January 10th.