Odyssey/JHU Press Star-Spangled Spectacular program close to sellout

The Odyssey Program and JHU Press are partnering with the National Aquarium on Wednesday, Sept. 10 (the day the tall ships arrive for the Star-Spangled Spectacular), to co-host a book talk and signing called "The Battle of Baltimore: How Our Harbor Helped Define America." A reception with refreshments begins at 6:30 p.m.; the 7 p.m. program features several JHU Press authors discussing the 1814 battle and its aftermath, including the writing of the song that became the national anthem (in 1931). A book signing follows the program.

The speakers are Burt Kummerow (president of the Maryland Historical Society and co-author of In Full Glory Reflected), Ralph Eshelman (co-author of In Full Glory Reflected and Travel Guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake), and Marc Ferris (author of Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America's National Anthem).

Admission is $15; remember that JHU faculty and staff receive tuition remission benefits from Odyssey. Ask about that when you call to register at 410-516-8516; refer to Odyssey session 918.088.91.

And if you visit the Inner Harbor during the Star-Spangled Spectacular weekend, look for the JHU Press Star-Spangled Book Sale in the National Park Service tent in McKeldin Square (at Pratt and Light streets) from Friday, Sept. 12, to Sunday, Sept. 14. The Press will be selling its War of 1812 books (at patriotic discounts) and representing JHU to thousands of visitors attending the celebration.