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Loyola University Chicago to Commemorate 100th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic Voyage
Emory Kristof Lecture and Fundraising Dinner Among Highlighted Events

CHICAGO, March 16, 2012 – On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on its way to New York City from Southampton. Less than three hours later, it sank beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic, killing 1,517 of its passengers and crew. Now, 100 years after the tragedy, Loyola University Chicago’s University Libraries is commemorating this unforgettable event with the “Exploring the RMS Titanic” lecture presented by renowned National Geographic photographer and Titanic explorer Emory Kristof, the “A Night to Remember: An Evening on the Titanic” fundraising dinner, and more.

Known for creating the preliminary designs of the electronic camera system for the Argo vehicle, which found the Titanic, Kristof will share his personal experience, photos, video footage of the wreckage, and research expeditions with audience during his presentation on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. Open to all, his lecture will be held in the Mundelein Auditorium, located on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Registration is required, and more information is available at LUC.edu/titanic.

Preceding the lecture, the University Libraries will host two free events for Loyola faculty, staff, and students. On April 9, at 2 p.m., “Tea Time on the Titanic” will be held in the Klarchek Information Commons, giving the Loyola community the opportunity to take a study/work break, enjoy biscuits, tea, coffee, and to test their knowledge on Titanic trivia. The following evening, on April 10, the 1958 Titanic British film, A Night to Remember, will be shown on the fourth floor of the Information Commons at 7 p.m.

Robert Seal, PhD, dean of the University Libraries, looks forward to bringing the Loyola community together for such a commemoration, and hopes the events are enjoyed by all.

“One hundred years after the tragedy of the Titanic, it seemed appropriate to commemorate the event, which even today, most people are still familiar with,” said Seal. “A number of the passengers were from Chicago or had Chicago connections, and I am delighted that the friends of the Loyola University Chicago Libraries offered to sponsor a series of programs and events leading up to the anniversary, and to raise funds to support our Special Collections.”

To conclude the anniversary celebration, the University Libraries will host a fundraising dinner, “A Night to Remember: An Evening on the Titanic” on April 14, which will take guests back in time with entertainment, music,  and a menu reminiscent of the last meal served in First Class on the Titanic. The dinner, which also features a silent auction, will include a presentation by Loyola history professor and expert in early modern European history Robert Bucholz, PhD, on the topic “Titanic: The Eternal Crossing.” Black tie optional, the dinner will be held in the Information Commons. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7 p.m.

Proceeds will help establish a fund for the purchase of rare books in U.S. and British history and literature for Loyola’s Special Collections. The event is open to the public, and registration is required. For more information on these events, or to purchase tickets for the lecture and/or fundraising dinner, please visit LUC.edu/titanic or call 773.508.2641.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.




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