Walt Whitman Aloud: A Mini Marathon, Part One—Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 2:00–3:20 pm
Drexel University students, members of the Writer’s Room community, Drexel faculty and staff, and Whitman fans from the Philadelphia region will read selections from “Song of Myself,” “I Sing the Body Electric,” “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” and other Whitman poems. We also welcome musical interpretations and recordings based on Whitman poems. Each participant may read up to three minutes. To sign up and get your reading time, send an email by April 2, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosts: Lynn Levin and Kathleen Volk Miller.
Walt Whitman and the Civil War—Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 3:30-5:00 pm
Presenters: Dr. Jonson Miller, Department of History, Drexel University and Dr. Christopher Nielson, Department of English, Drexel University
Walt Whitman served as a volunteer nurse caring for wounded soldiers in New York and Washington, D.C., hospitals during the Civil War. He writes about this experience and his love and mourning for President Lincoln in some of his most noted poems. Dr. Miller will provide historical context for Whitman’s Civil War poems, and Dr. Nielson will read and discuss some of Whitman’s most important poems about the Civil War and President Lincoln. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Hosts: Lynn Levin and Kathleen Volk Miller.