August 24, 2017
Dr. Robert Ballard, the oceanographer
who discovered the final resting place of the R.M.S. Titanic in 1985,
will visit East Carolina University at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in Wright
Ballard kicks off the Premier
event in the 2017-18 season of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Voyages of Discovery Series, and will discuss “Human History Under Water.”
As an explorer, discoverer
and historian, Ballard’s fascinating journeys can teach the audience a great
deal about our past.
Throughout his career, Ballard
has tracked down numerous significant shipwrecks, including the German
battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet
of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown
(sunk during the WWII Battle of Midway) and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109.
However, Ballard believes his
most important discoveries were hydrothermal vents and ‘black smokers’ in the
Galapagos Rift and East Pacific Rise in 1977 and 1979, along with the exotic
life forms living off the energy of the Earth through a process now known as
chemosynthesis. In addition, he spent 30 years at the Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution, where he helped develop telecommunications technology that allows
hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren to accompany him from afar on undersea
explorations around the globe each year.
Ballard is a National
Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission
on Ocean Policy, and president of the Ocean Exploration Trust. He received a doctoral
degree in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Rhode Island and
holds 21 honorary degrees and six military awards.
In 2001, Ballard returned to
the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, where he
currently serves as a tenured professor of oceanography, director of the Center
for Ocean Exploration, and director of the Institute for Archaeological
The Voyages of Discovery
Series is made possible through contributions from Harriot College’s Dean’s
Advancement Council, university organizations, and many friends and supporters.
Tickets for the Premier Speaker
event are $25. Other event tickets for the season range from $15-$20. A season
ticket package is available for $60. Tickets may be requested through the ECU
Central Ticket Office by calling 1-800-ECU-ARTS (1-800-328-2787) or by visiting
Ballard’s presentation, which
is a Wellness Passport Event, is free for ECU students. Tickets are required.
To receive a free ticket, ECU students must go to the ECU Central Ticket
Office, located in Mendenhall Student Center, and present his or her ECU One
Card. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours
prior to the event.
For additional information about
the Voyages series, visit www.ecu.edu/voyages.