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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 “women and children first?” 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

3750 Monroe Ave STE 500
Pittsford, NY  14534-1342

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Flo Dorsey
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This lecture is a part of the Speakers in the Humanities program.