Rowan to welcome best-selling author Nathaniel PhilbrickFebruary 16, 2011
New York Times bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick, whose award-winning works have included historical narratives on the true stories of the Mayflower, Moby Dick and Little Big Horn, will speak at Rowan University on Wednesday, March 23, at 11 a.m., in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center.
Titled "From Plymouth Rock to the Little Bighorn: Leadership in American History," Philbrick's talk is free and open to the public. It's part of the President's Lecture Series, which brings prominent guest speakers to campus.
In 2001, Philbrick received the National Book Award for nonfiction for In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Penguin, 2000), which familiarized modern readers with the harrowing true story behind Herman Melville's Moby Dick.
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War (Viking, 2006), his fresh take on the Pilgrims' journey to Plymouth Rock, spent 20 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list and was a finalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in history and the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
Philbrick's The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Viking), a mesmerizing account of the battle, was published last year. He's also the author of Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 (Penguin, 2003).
A former NCAA All-American sailor and North American Sunfish champion, Philbrick was the founding director of the Eagan Institute of Maritime Studies. He's a leading authority on the history of Nantucket.
The President's Lecture Series brings speakers to campus for talks on topics ranging from education and science to history and politics. Past speakers have included Cornel West, Stephen Jay Gould, Jonathan Kozol, Scott Sagan, Sergei Khrushchev, and Dan Rather, among others.