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




New Bedford, MA and Online


June 23-28, 2024 (virtual); July 7-19, 2024 (residential)


3 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




Participant-teachers in this Institute will encounter the dynamic worlds of Moby-Dick to: 1) better understand and appreciate Herman Melville’s literary power and interpret its wonders for their varied students; 2) ground this inquiry in the vital material culture of the major whaling port in the United States; and 3) draw on digital archives, tools, methods, and pedagogies as ways to respond to the challenges of diverse classrooms. This Institute will empower teachers from around the nation to journey boldly and immersively with their students into Moby-Dick and to dramatize the imperative value of the humanities as an essential force of social revitalization.

Project Director(s)

Timothy Marr; Wyn Kelley; Mary K. Bercaw Edwards

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Jennifer Baker; Tony McGowan; Christopher Sten; Robert K. Wallace

Grantee Institution

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Funded through the Division of Education Programs