Fact & Fiction as The Titanic Turns 100: historian Edward Tenner presents a reader’s Guide to the disaster & its aftermath:

#b#Are safety fixes destined to lead to more failures?#/b#



#b#The Titanic’s Achilles’ heel?#/b#


#b#Were the wealthiest passengers most likely to survive?#/b# Maybe not: both third class men and dogs had higher survival rates than second class men.


#b#Is chivalry dead?#/b# Comparisons of noble behavior among men on the Titanic to the antics of the doomed Costa Concordia’s captain are not necessarily accurate.


#b#Women and children first?#/b# That precedent did not last.



#b#Titanic Events#/b#

Titanic Centennial, College of New Jersey, Library Auditorium, Ewing. Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. “Innovations in Crisis Communications: Lessons From Titanic, Multiple Disasters, and Shootings at Virginia Tech.”

Panelists include Alex Magoun, outreach historian for David Sarnoff Research Center, who will speak on “Saved by Wireless or Not: Titanic and the Illusion of Maritime Safety.” The panel is organized in conjunction with an exhibit, “Radio to the Rescue: David Sarnoff and the Titanic Disaster.” 609-771-2585. www.tcnj.edu.

Movie Night, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton. Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. Screening of “A Night to Remember,” the 1958 British film based on the accounts of Charles Herbert Lightoller, an officer on the Titanic. Register. Free. 609-890-3630..

TEDx Rutgers, Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick. Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Igniting a Global Enlightenment” with speakers including Edward Tenner on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. By invitation. www.tedxrutgers.com.

Titanic Centennial, Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton. Sunday, April 15, 7 p.m. “The Jews of the Titanic” presented by Dr. Dana Liebmann, a psychologist who has researched the Jewish families on the ship either as immigrants or vacationers. Free. 609-921-0100. www.thejewishcenter.org.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park. Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m. “Trenton and the Titanic, April 15, 1912: Roebling and Blackwell Feared Lost” presented by Clifford Zink. Washington A. Roebling II, a Trenton resident, was one of the passengers who did not survive. The commemoration will include period music and light refreshments. $10. 609-989-3632. www.ellarslie.org.

A Tribute to the Titanic — 100 Year Anniversary of the Tragedy, Civic Hall, Camden County College. Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m. “The Titanic and the Risks of Safety” presented by Edward Tenner, the Princeton-based historian of science and technology. He will discuss technological aspects of the “unsinkable” Titanic and how safety risks and the powers of Mother Nature contributed to the sinking of the ship and the untimely deaths of so many passengers. Register. Free. www.camdencc.edu/civiccenter.

Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton. Sunday, April 22, 1:30 p.m. “Washington A. Roebling II, the Mercer Automobile Company in Hamilton, and the Titanic” presented by Clifford Zink. Register. 609-890-3630.

Technological Risk and the Titanic, Edward Tenner, Woodrow Wilson School, Robertson Hall Bowl 16, Princeton University. Monday, April 23, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Edward Tenner speaks on “Thinking about the Unsinkable: The Titanic and the History of Technological Risk.” A reception will follow. www.princeton.edu.

Roebling Museum, 100 Second Avenue, Roebling. Saturday, May 5, 1 p.m. Charles Haas, a Titanic scholar, author, Discovery Channel diver. “100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic and the Loss of Washington Roebling II.” $6. 609-499-7200. www.roeblingmuseum.org.

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