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

A virtual summer institute for teachers
June 21 – July 1, July 6 – 9, 2021
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, Massachusetts

The institute will illuminate the art and contexts 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, joined by an experienced high school English teacher.

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

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, school administrators, and other educators.

Deadline:  March 1, 2021

Stipend:   $2200

Apply for the 2021 Institute

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