Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick & the World of Whaling in the Digital Age

A two-week summer institute for teachers
June 17 – June 30
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts

The institute will illuminate the art and context of Herman Melville’s famous 19th century American novel Moby-Dick, and help teachers from across the country interpret the book for 21st century students.

Six Melville scholars from six different states who comprise the Melville Society Cultural Project will serve as principal faculty of the Institute:

  • Timothy Marr (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Institute director
  • Jennifer Baker (New York University)
  • Mary K. Bercaw Edwards (University of Connecticut)
  • Wyn Kelley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Chris Sten (George Washington University)
  • Robert K. Wallace (Northern Kentucky University)


Application Details

Twenty-five educators will be selected to attend the Institute. The interdisciplinary Institute is particularly appropriate for teachers of secondary school literature, as well as teachers of history, social studies, science and other disciplines—as well as teachers at other grade levels and school administrators.

Deadline:  March 1, 2018

Stipend:   $2100

Click here for Application Instructions


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