Program on Titanic offers focus on the people

Designer, expedition leader and researcher
Apr. 05, 2013 @ 02:18 PM

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet captivated an audience of millions at the box office in 1997 when they starred in the film "Titanic." The world's most famous shipwreck will garner the attention of locals April 15, as Davidson County Community College commemorates its 101st anniversary.

Lamar Jones, program director and clinical instructor in the histotechnology program at DCCC, will speak about his research from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Reich Auditorium on the Davidson campus. He will present again from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 110 of the Administrative Conference Building on the Davie campus. The events are free and open to the public.

"I do three types of presentations — one for children, one for senior adults and my favorite, the two-hour production where I come in as three different people," Jones said.

Jones, who has collected relics of the Titanic for more than 40 years, will share artifacts and first-person accounts from survivors with whom he has spoken over the last four decades. He explored the wreck and captured images of the ship while aboard an expedition in 1998 and will unveil a few of the details that made April 15, 1912, a date of infamy.

"In the presentation, I am first Thomas Andrews, designer and builder of the ship. I then come back as Robert Ballard and explain how I found it in 1985. I come back one final time as myself on my expedition. I try to tell a little bit about the construction of it, safety features, talk about people who were on board, and then the finding by Dr. Ballard."

Ballard is a central figure in the lectures, but also a pivotal subject of his research. Jones became enchanted with Ballard's storied career of discovering nautical artifacts and progressing the field of underwater archeology. Now he hopes to share his passion with a generation of Titanic enthusiasts.

"The Titanic has always been a subject that piques the interest of many, including the young and old," says Lynne Watts, director of Student Life and Leadership. "The tragic event has been portrayed in countless movies,documentaries, books and more, and it's only natural for the public to remain interested in this famous shipwreck."

Jones agrees that the Titanic has captured the public’s intrest.

"It's just been a hobby over the years," Jones said. "I started when I was 13, have met a lot of the survivors and gathered a few little things I have collected. I would never have imagined collecting them [as a teenager]. I think the movie was the turning point and really sparked people's interest about the ship.

"I think there is a great deal to be learned about the Titanic."










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