The Deep Blue Sea: Best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, Dr. Robert Ballard will give a lecture on A Career in Deep Sea Exploration at the Penn Museum tonight at 6 p.m. He has a long and dramatic career of tracking down significant shipwrecks of the recent and ancient past. Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography and Director of its Institute for Archaeological Oceanography and a National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence, Dr. Ballard is the author of 18 books and numerous popular and scientific articles. In this talk, he looks back at highlights of his career, beginning with the first manned explorations of the Mid-Ocean Ridge to the development of advanced robotics technology leading to the discovery of the Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, and other famous contemporary shipwrecks. More recently, Dr. Ballard has turned his attention to the creation of a new field of research in Archaeological Oceanography focusing on the ancient trade routes of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Lecture: $10 in advance, $20 at the door. Lecture, book signing and reception: $50 (advance reservations required). Tickets available at the Annenberg Box Office: (215) 898-3900.
14 Endangered Languages & Minority Languages; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; rm. 816, Williams Hall; info.: (215) 898-4490 (South Asia Center).
13 Asha for Education Charity Dinner; 7:30 p.m.; Class of ’49 Auditorium, Houston Hall; tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org (South Asia Studies).
12 The Human Brain 2.0; Martha Farah, psychology; noon; the Plaza, 37th St. and Locust Walk (SAS: 60-Second Lectures).
13 Sanskrit and the Muslim: A Quest for Harmony; Rita Chattopadhyay, Jadavpur University, Kolkata; noon; rm. 816, Williams Hall (South Asia Center).
19 Is American Government Obsolete? Lessons from Hurricane Katrina; Donald Kettl, social sciences and political science; noon; the Plaza, 37th St. and Locust Walk (SAS: 60-Second Lectures).
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Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 29, April 11, 2006
April 11, 2006
Volume 52 Number 29