UMASS Medical School Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Titanic Explorer, Dr. Robert Ballard, at The Hanover Theatre this Fall

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's fatal voyage, Ballard will speak about his discoveries at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts as part of the UMASS Medical School Distinguished Speaker Series this fall. Tickets are now on sale to members of The Hanover Theatre before they go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 20 at 10am.

Dr. Robert Ballard, Titanic discoverer

Dr. Robert Ballard

During his long career, he has conducted more than 100 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology.

Among the most accomplished and well known of the world’s deep-sea explorers, Dr. Robert Ballard is best known for his historic discovery of the R.M.S. TITANIC lost in its watery grave more than 12,000ft beneath the cold water of the North Atlantic. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's fatal voyage, Ballard will speak about his expedition which lead to the discovery of one of the most famous shipwrecks in all history at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30pm as part of the third annual UMASS Medical School Distinguished Speaker Series. Tickets are now on sale to members of The Hanover Theatre before they go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 20.

During his long career, he has conducted more than 100 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology. A pioneer in the early use of deep diving submarines, he was on the first manned expedition of the largest mountain range on Earth, the Mid-Ocean Ridge. Later he lead an expedition off the Galapagos Islands that discovered new life forms on Earth, a discovery that has revolutionized our understanding of the origin of life on our planet and increased the likelihood of discovering life elsewhere in the Solar System. Following his discovery of the TITANIC, he went to find other lost legends in the sea including the German Battleship BISMARCK, the aircraft carrier YORKTOWN lost during the Battle of Midway, and President Kennedy’s PT-109.

In addition to being a very popular lecturer, Dr. Ballard has pioneered distance-learning in the classrooms of America and around the world with his JASON Project, an awarding winning educational program that reaches more than 1.7 million students and 38,000 teachers annually. His books on his discovery of the TITANIC and BISMARCK were both #1 Best Sellers on the New York Times and London Times lists, and his recent Return to Titanic special on National Geographic Channel was the highest rated show in their history. He was given the Explorer’s Club’s and the National Geographic Society’s most prestigious awards; the Explorer’s Medal and the Hubbard Medal as well as the Lindbergh Award. In 2003, the President of the United States presented him with the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal.

Ticket prices to ROBERT BALLARD are $28, $38 and $48, with a 10% discount available for members of The Hanover Theatre, groups of 10 or more, kids, students and WOO Card holders. Tickets are available online at TheHanoverTheatre.org, by phone at 877.571.SHOW (7469) or at The Hanover Theatre Box Office located at 2 Southbridge St in downtown Worcester.

About The Hanover Theatre
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, located in downtown Worcester, New England’s second largest city, is recognized by Pollstar as one of the Top 50 Theatres in the World. After undergoing many name changes and renovations over the decades since its 1926 birth, The Hanover Theatre reopened in March 2008 following a $32 million historic restoration. Since then, the theatre has established its place as a rich entertainment and cultural venue, winning numerous awards, including The National Trust for Historic Preservation Award in 2010. For more information, visit TheHanoverTheatre.org. Worcester Center for the Performing Arts, a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, owns and operates The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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