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"Women and Children First": Ethical Dilemmas and the Titanic
April 3, 12:30 PM
A lecture by Timothy J. Madigan
The sinking of the Titanic has been much discussed ever since it occurred in April of 1912. Dozens of books and many film adaptations (including the Academy Award winning movie directed by James Cameron in 1997) have addressed the significance of the event. One area which has not been properly explored, however, is the ethical realm, and the many moral dilemmas raised by this great tragedy. This talk will address such issues as: why were there not enough lifeboats for everyone? Was the owner of the ship culpable for its sinking? Should the captain and crew have gone down with the ship? What was the reason behind the order â€śwomen and children first?â€ť Were first-class passengers given preferential treatment over the others? Should this sad tragedy be the basis of fictionalized films and Broadway musicals or is this disrespectful to the memories of those who perished? And are there any lessons to be learned from the sinking?
Pittsford Senior Center
For further information about this event, please contact:Flo Dorsey
Phone: (585) 248-6235