Connecticut-born John Ledyard had only one book published in
his lifetime, but one could say he made the most of his
On July 12, 1776, Ledyard set out from
Plymouth, England, with Captain James Cook, the famous
British explorer, on a voyage to find the fabled North-West
Passage. One of a crew of 112 aboard Cook's ship, the
Resolution, Ledyard thus began a three-year adventure that
would take him to points throughout the Pacific, as far
south as Australia and all the way up to Alaska. It was
during this journey, Cook's third, that he discovered the
Hawaiian Islands and debunked the reality of a North-West
Passage. The historical importance of this expedition was
magnified when, on a return stay in Hawaii in February of
1779, Cook was killed after a dispute with a group of
Ledyard went on to chronicle his
eyewitness account of this excursion in an authoritative
work titled A Journal Of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to
the Pacific Ocean and In Quest of a North-West Passage.
Published in 1783, the book was immensely popular and
presented the author with instant fame.
Our man in Europe checks
Hung on the wall of a modest-sized office in Germany's
capital city are two clocks, one set to Berlin time, the
other to Baltimore time, and a Johns Hopkins University
banner, the school's seal prominently in its center.
For Stephen Mc-Clain, these items serve as
constant reminders of why he now resides 4,000 miles from
McClain is a vice provost and director of
the university's new European Office in Berlin, whose
purpose is to promote and extend Hopkins' presence and
visibility in the Old World and to seek out new
opportunities there for all JHU divisions.
Downtown 'lantern of learning' is
With a dramatic illumination ceremony designed to symbolize
John Hopkins' commitment to the downtown business community,
the new Downtown Center of the School of Professional
Studies in Business and Education was dedicated shortly
after sundown on March 12.
University president William R. Brody
officiated at the ceremony, during which all the lights in
the translucent glass-walled building at Charles and Fayette
streets were fully illuminated, turning the
35,000-square-foot structure with its computer-enriched
"smart" classrooms and labs, conference rooms and auditorium
into the "lantern of learning" it is meant to be.
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