On Friday April 5th, students from Flagler’s Archaeology Club hosted an elegant Titanic-themed dinner. Formal table settings, complete with dainty tea cups, truly set the mood inside the dining hall. Students assigned each guest the identity of a real passenger while two guest speakers further brought the Titanic to life.
Archaeologist Michael Arbuthnot shared experiences and photographs from his journey to the undersea shipwreck. Most striking were his images of the Turkish baths where tiles still in place retain their original color and design.
Next, artist Roger Bansemer, who also descended to the Titanic’s depths, spoke of his aesthetic experiences observing the massive ruin on the ocean floor. Not only did Bansemer dive in a submersible, he insisted on jumping into the icy water to further connect with the site. Students exhibited his art and artifacts in a small exhibit in the President’s Suite.