Moby-Dick and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age


New Bedford, MA



June 19 - July 2, 2020 (2 Weeks)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience




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. The Institute raises important questions about the quest for collective meaning-making that apply to the multiple engagements of learning. We row whaling boats at Mystic Seaport, visit Melville’s Pittsfield home, Arrowhead, and draw on the local resources of New Bedford, including the Whaling Museum’s material artifacts and the port as an active fishery, as we consider together how Melville crafted an epic that resonates richly with readers two hundred years after his birth.

Project Director(s)

Wyn Kelley, Timothy Marr

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Jennifer Baker, Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Jeffrey Markham, Christopher Sten, Robert K. Wallace

Grantee Institution

New Bedford Whaling Museum