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Discover the magic of Nantucket with an exclusive Dartmouth event at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Once the whaling capital of the world, Nantucket boasts a rich history that we invite you to view through the lens of one of the great American novels, Moby-Dick. Join alumni, family, and friends for a weekend getaway or day trip to the island, and experience the charm that captivates thousands of vacationers each summer.

Don Pease

Located in the heart of downtown Nantucket, the Whaling Museum features an unforgettable suspended 46-foot sperm whale skeleton. In this great exhibition space, Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, will discuss Moby-Dick, exploring the reasons for the dramatic change in the novel’s literary fortunes since it was published, as well as its unexpected significance for 21st-century readers.

An international authority on 19th- and 20th-century American literature, Pease recently developed a self-paced online DartmouthX course, "The American Renaissance: Classic Literature of the 19th Century," which all alumni are invited to participate in at any time. 

After the presentation, enjoy a reception on the museum’s rooftop deck and take in panoramic views of Nantucket Harbor. Guests will also have the chance to explore the museum’s galleries, including the impressive Scrimshaw Gallery.

6:30 p.m.         Welcome and registration
7 p.m.              Presentation by Professor Donald Pease
8 p.m.              Reception and time to view galleries
10 p.m.            Event concludes

General                       $65
Young Alumni            $55 (Classes of 2007-2017)

Nantucket Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA  02554

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This event is hosted by Dartmouth Alumni Relations in partnership with the Dartmouth Club of Cape Cod. To learn more about Dartmouth on Location programs, please contact us at 603-646-9159 or