Discovering the Titanic
When people hear the word “Titanic”, they think of the love story between Jack and Rose. They think of how Leonardo DiCaprio was so young at the time, but was the lead actor. They also think of how sad it was that all of those people passed away.
But most people don’t think, “How do we know all of that is true?”
Well, ladies and gentlemen, the person who discovered the Titanic came to Bryant! Yup, you heard me right (or read that sentence right… well, you get what I mean…).
If you “Google” the name “Robert Ballard”, you will most likely read about how he is most known for discovering one of the most popular ships of all time, the Titanic. But most people don’t know the other amazing accomplishments he has done in his life. For instance, he used to be a United States Navy Officer. In addition, he discovered the famous ships, Bismark and Yorktown. He also discovered John F. Kennedy’s ship in 2002 titled PT-109. But that’s not it! In 1990, he received the Academy of Achievements Golden Plate Award and in 1996 was awarded the Lone Sailor Award from the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation for his underwater archaeology work.
In 2004, Ballard became a professor of oceanography and is now the Director of the Institute of Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, which is right near Bryant! Multiple television networks have done documentaries about his discoveries and about his life as well. To learn more about his story, I highly recommend checking out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q3eA6wYil4
The Students Arts and Speakers Series (SASS) at Bryant University is an organization known for bringing speakers to Bryant. For instance, we brought the comedian, Gabriel Iglesias a few years ago, Shawn Johnson (the Olympic Gold Medalist), and Mitch Albom who was the author of the award-winning book, Tuesday’s with Morrie.
Every time SASS puts on an event, the ticket line is out the door! I am so fortunate to be at a place like Bryant where we have the opportunity to hear about these stories and meet these incredible people.
No matter who you are, where you are from, or why you are reading this:
Bryant University Class of 2016