ECU launches 'Voyages of Discovery' lecture series

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - ECU launches the 11th annual Voyages of Discovery lecture series on Friday with a talk by the explorer who discovered the ship "Titanic" at the bottom of the ocean.

Dr. Robert Ballard is the oceanographer credited with discovering the Titanic wreckage, among other significant discoveries.

ECU News Services said, "Best known for his 1985 discovery of the TITANIC, Dr. Robert Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous, significant shipwrecks. He is a National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, and president of the Ocean Exploration Trust. An explorer, discoverer, and historian, Ballard’s fascinating journeys can teach us a great deal about our past, and they have encouraged others to take tremendous strides in the survey of the undiscovered mysteries of the deep sea."

The first Voyages of Discovery lecture for 2017-2018 is called "Human History Under Water."

The talk begins at 7pm friday in Wright Auditorium at ECU.

It is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for children 16 years & younger and $25 for adults.

The next lecture will be on October 4th with Pulizter Prize-Winning Novelist Colson Whitehead, author of "The Underground Railroad."