The Enduring Power of Moby-Dick | Newberry

The Enduring Power of Moby-Dick

Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick

A Keynote Address by Nathaniel Philbrick
Saturday, January 19, 2019

11 am   

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Open to the Public

Listen to an audio recording of this lecture.

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Why Read Moby-Dick?, explores the timeless relevance of Herman Melville’s masterpiece.

In addition to dipping into the novel itself, Philbrick will talk about the circumstances of the book’s creation and the subsequent course of Melville’s literary career.

Philbrick’s address will kick off our Moby-Dick Read-a-Thon, lasting 25 continuous hours. By the end of the marathon reading, a series of readers-performers will have collectively read Moby-Dick (aloud) cover to cover!

Beginning at 10:30 am, people arriving for the keynote address will hear a reading of the prefatory material in Moby-Dick, the “Extracts” and “Etymology.”

Nathaniel Philbrick has written 11 books about a variety of aspects of American history, many of them New York Times bestsellers and one, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His writing has also appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. A lifelong sailor, many of Mr. Philbrick’s works have focused on the sea.

This event is part of our programming in connection with the exhibition Melville: Finding America at Sea, sponsored by Elizabeth Amy Liebman and the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation. See the exhibition at the Newberry from January 18 through April 6, 2019.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public. Registration is required for this keynote address only, not for the rest of the Read-a-Thon event. Register using this online form by 5 pm Friday, January 18.

Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. If seats remain available,walk-ins will admitted about ten minutes before the event’s start.

People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, first register using the link above, then email at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.