The 2010 Herman Melville Birthday Lecture:
“Discovering Whales, Petroglyphs, and Moby-Dick on the Olympic Peninsula in June 2008”
New Bedford Whaling Museum Theater, Friday, July 30, 5 – 6 p. m.
By Robert K. Wallace
This illustrated talk will highlight some of the discoveries Robert Wallace made on the Makah Indian Reservation of the Olympic Peninsula during a two-week trip with landscape painter Kevin Muente. Wallace will emphasize his encounters with gray whales, a humpback whale, and ancient Ozette petroglyphs in a sequence of events that brought Melville’s Moby-Dick to life before his very eyes.
Robert K. Wallace is a founder of the Melville Society Cultural Project at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He is author of Melville and Turner, Frank Stella’s Moby-Dick, and Douglass and Melville. He has taught Literature and the Arts at Northern Kentucky University since 1972 and is a past president of the Melville Society.