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Robert Ballard: The Untold Story of the Titanic

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  • May 31, 2018

  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • $32.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Talk

Learn about the unfolding mystery at the center of one of the greatest discoveries of all time—the Titanic wreckage—from the ship’s discoverer, renowned oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Robert Ballard. It is a story straight out of the pages of a Cold War thriller that will leave you wondering what more we may discover about this legendary shipwreck.

Fox television anchor and commentator Chris Wallace will then moderate a fascinating conversation about the true story behind the 1985 discovery of the world's most famous shipwreck and what the future holds for this fragile underwater site. Panelists will include Robert Ballard, Secretary of the Navy John Lehman (Ret.), and archaeologist and former Director of Maritime Heritage for NOAA James Delgado.


Photograph by Mark Thiessen

Robert Ballard


National Geographic Explorer-at-Large ROBERT BALLARD is best known for his historic discoveries of hydrothermal vents and the R.M.S. Titanic, German battleship Bismarck, and numerous other contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world. During his long career he has conducted more than 150 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology. In 2008, he secured the E/V Nautilus, which has become his flagship for exploration. Robert is also significantly involved in various educational outreach programs. He has received prestigious awards from the Explorers Club and the National Geographic Society—the Explorers Club Medal and the Hubbard Medal, respectively—as well as the Lindbergh Award from the Lindbergh Foundation. In 2003, President George W. Bush presented him with the National Humanities Medal in the Oval Office of the White House.

 is part of

Titanic: The Untold Story

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Sunday, January 6, 2019
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