When author Erik Larson began his lecture Wednesday, he had to step carefully lest he reveal the ending to his book, this year’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.
Recognition Day is a scene out of time. White-clad graduates march, music plays, flower petals drift through the air. Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent are even there.
When people think of massive ships sinking at the turn of the 20th century, their thoughts might first go to the RMS Titanic, forever immortalized by James Cameron’s blockbuster movie, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio’s star-making performances and the tin whistle solo from Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.”