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The Sinking of the Titanic: What Really Happened and Why

This course will put you on the Titanic to experience its fateful maiden voyage in 1912, its collision with an iceberg, and its dramatic sinking in the wintry North Atlantic. We will cover the Edwardian Era and Gilded Age as the societal contexts for this disaster, follow the ship as it is built in Ireland, and experience the excitement mixed with sadness at the discovery of the wreck in 1985. The course will highlight maritime engineering and materials science findings over the last quarter century that explain the structural weaknesses and design faults with the ship that led to its demise. We will consider also the human hubris and errors, and unique environmental factors that all combined to spell doom for the Titanic and most of its crew and passengers.          

Instructor Bio:

Michael G. Knapp is a Middle East analyst with the US Army in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has worked in US government research and analysis for more than 30 years, both as a civilian and as an officer in the US Army Reserve. Mr. Knapp teaches popular courses for OLLI on understanding Islamic extremism and how World War I has affected the Middle East. His articles on Islamic extremism and Islam have been published in five books and multiple professional journals.

Required Reading:

Bring an open and enquiring mind and some good questions!

Recommended Reading:

Butler, Daniel Allen. Unsinkable, 1998. Matsen, Brad. Titanic's Last Secrets, 2008. Lord, Walter. A Night to Remember, 1955.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A208 Michael Knapp Oct 9, 16, 23 Tu 4:00-5:30 p.m. Glenmore Country Club A

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