Titanic historian gives lecture to First-Year Studies class

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Titanic historian gives lecture to First-Year Studies class

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:07 am

The past met the present on Monday when Titanic historian and researcher Bill Wormstedt presented a lecture to a First-Year Studies (FYS) 129 class at the Haslam Music Center.

Wormstedt’s book, “On a Sea of Glass,” was the focus of the class led by Associate Professor of Flute in the School of Music, Shelley Binder. The book complies the stories of some of the passengers and crewmen of the Titanic, and gives their first-hand accounts of the disaster. Binder said she chose the book due to its use of primary sources and of its attention to varying perspectives from the survivors.

After her great-grandmother Leah Aks and great uncle Frank Aks survived the Titanicsinking, Binder said she has felt a connection to the story and the history of it. Despite the wreckage of the Titanic occurring approximately 105 years ago, Binder said many younger students have found an interest in the event. Binder also said the event still connects to many modern themes, continuing its relevance.

“Believe it or not, this generation has an interest in the Titanic,” Binder said. “The parallels, metaphors, analogies that relate to it in terms of pop culture are just so extraordinary – globalism, immigration and all of that. So, it really is a timely class.”

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