UMD Course focuses on READING AND WRITING ABOUT THE OCEAN

DARTMOUTH, MA. Area college students can take advantage of a magnificent opportunity to earn three undergraduate English credits while learning how literature about the ocean relates to New Bedford and its surroundings. During the week of July 12-16, the Division of Professional and Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth is offering a course entitled, Reading and Writing about the Ocean.

DARTMOUTH, MA. Area college students can take advantage of a magnificent opportunity to earn three undergraduate English credits while learning how literature about the ocean relates to New Bedford and its surroundings. During the week of July 12-16, the Division of Professional and Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth is offering a course entitled, “Reading and Writing about the Ocean.” 

Mornings will be spent discussing literary works focusing on sea voyages, such as Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, Melville's Billy Budd, Joseph Conrad's, The Secret Sharer and Youth and Jack London's novel, Sea Wolf. Also included will be the film version of Moby Dick starring Gregory Peck, and the Whaling Museum documentary, Down to the Sea in Ships. 

Following discussions of these works in the morning and a lunch break, there will be on-site excursions in the afternoon to places of great nautical interest, such as the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Seaman's Bethel, Fort Phoenix, and UMass Dartmouth's ocean research center, School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST)--all guided by local experts. But, the absolute high point will be a 3-hour excursion aboard the recently re-commissioned whaling schooner, Ernestina! 

Students will keep a detailed journal of their responses to assigned readings, films, site visits and classroom discussions so they can report on how this combination of reading and personal experience has affected their thoughts about the ocean. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up now by contacting Nancy Vanasse in the Division of Professional and Continuing Education at (508) 999-8778.


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