January month is Moby-Dick Marathon month – This year with Taylor Schilling!

If you read this blog regularly, you might remember the title of this entry. Last year, in January 2022, I spoke for the first time about the Moby Dick Marathon, which takes place every year in New Bedford.1

The annual “Moby Dick Marathon” is a reading of Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick” that takes place at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The event typically lasts for about 26 hours, with members of the community taking turns reading aloud from the novel. The marathon is a way of celebrating the city’s rich literary and maritime heritage.

Participants in the marathon can sign up to read for a specific time slot, and the event is open to the public, so anyone can come and listen to the reading. The marathon has become a popular event in the New Bedford community, attracting a diverse group of participants and listeners. This year, the New Bedford Whaling Museum was able to invite Taylor Schilling to inaugurate the Reading Marathon of 2023. She is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress. You can find more information on the Museum’s website and the full Reading Marathon of 2023 YouTube clip here, at least a part of it.

  1. Hussein, Haureh (2022): January Month is Moby Dick Marathon Month, in: Transoceanic Voyages, https://transoceanic.hypotheses.org/242, [Last Access: 17.1.2023]. []

The Online Lectures of Skip Finley: “Whaling Captains of Color: America’s First Meritocracy”

Skip Finley has published 2020 a monograph, in which he focusses entirely on the people of colour, who crucially contributed to the success and participated in the whaling industry between 1750 and 1914

This publication echoed intensively among the (non-)scientific community of New England’s whaling heritage ‘bubble’, as he was invited by various local historical societies, libraries and museums in order to introduce his important contribution to the history of the whaling industry.

Most of the lectures have been taken place virtually via Zoom and have been uploaded on the Youtube channels of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Museum of Martha’s Vineyard, the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth, the Boston Public Library, Mattapoisett Museum, Southampton History Museum, the Salem Athenaeum, and surely much more.

Online-Lecture given at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, in: Youtube, William Martin and the Whaling Captains of Color with Skip Finley | MV Museum – YouTube, [Last Access: 27.03.2022]

If you are interested to listen to his key results, you can follow one of his first lectures, which he gave to the New Bedford Whaling History Museum:

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