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International Whitman Week 2019:
Walt Whitman and New York

Monday May 27- Saturday June 1, 2019

 

St Francis College (Brooklyn); New York University (Manhattan); Walt Whitman Birthplace (West Hills, NY); Grolier Club (Manhattan)

 

To celebrate Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday on May 31, 2019, International Whitman Week will be held in Whitman’s New York!  Please join us for world-class presentations, lively discussions, walking tours and Whitman-centric performances and events.  International Whitman Week will be held in various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn for five days; on Whitman’s birthday, all participants will be transported to the poet’s birthplace on Long Island.

Questions?  Please contact conference organizer Karen Karbiener: kk55@nyu.edu

 

Seminar Application

IWW Seminar Application (May 27- 31, 2019): Due December 15, 2018

 

IWW Symposium Application

Call for papers for the IWW Symposium at the Grolier Club in Manhattan (June 1, 2019): Due January 1, 2019.

 

Conference Organizer:

Karen Karbiener

Organizing Committee:

Éric Athenot (Université Paris-Est Créteil)
Thomas Augst (New York University)
Stephanie Blalock (University of Iowa)
Karen Karbiener (New York University, NY)
Ian Maloney (St. Francis College, Brooklyn)
Jesse Merandy (Bard Graduate Center, NY)
Matt Miller (Yeshiva University, NY)
Ken Price (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Andrew Rimby (Stony Brook University, NY)
Julia Sattler (University of Dortmund, Germany)
Bryan Waterman (New York University Abu Dhabi)

Instructors:

Eric Conrad (Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, NY)

Sascha Pöhlmann (Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany)

Lindsay Tuggle (Western Sydney University, Australia)

Ed Whitley (Lehigh University, PA)

 


 

Monday, May 27: Welcome to Whitman’s New York!

St. Francis College, Brooklyn

9:00-10:00am: Welcome by Karen Karbiener; “Whitman and Brooklyn” lecture and discussion by Ian Maloney (St. Francis College)

11:00am-1:00pm: Brooklyn Heights tour and Brooklyn Bridge walk (includes visits to some of Whitman’s earliest Brooklyn residences, a home allegedly built by Whitman Sr., site of Brooklyn Daily Eagle offices, Rome print shop site, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and Underground Railroad depot, Fulton Ferry landing and reading “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” on the Brooklyn Bridge). Led by Karen Karbiener and Greg Trupiano, Director of The Walt Whitman Project (http://www.waltwhitmanproject.org/ )

1:00-3:00pm: Lunch

3:00-5:00pm: Fort Greene tour and pilgrimage to 99 Ryerson Street (includes walk through downtown Brooklyn and up to top of Fort Greene Park, visit to Prison Ships Martyrs Monument, and open-air performance of Whitman song settings, stroll down Myrtle Avenue to Whitman’s last standing NYC residence). Led by Karen Karbiener and Greg Trupiano.

 

Tuesday, May 28: Leaves of Grass (1855)

NYU Center for the Humanities, Cooper Square, Manhattan

9:00-11:00am: Instructor presentations and q&a

11:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-3:00pm: Small group sessions

3:00-4:00pm: Student-led wrap-up and discussion

 

Wednesday, May 29: Whitman’s Journalism

NYU Center for the Humanities, Cooper Square, Manhattan

9:00-11:00am: Instructor presentations and q&a

11:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-3:00pm: Small group sessions

3:00-4:00pm: Student-led wrap-up and discussion

 

Thursday, May 30: Leaves of Grass (1860)

NYU Center for the Humanities, Cooper Square, Manhattan

9:00-11:00am: Instructor presentations and q&a

11:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-3:00pm: Small group sessions

3:00-4:00pm: Student-led wrap-up and discussion

4:00-5:00pm: Broadway walking tour to site of Pfaff’s Cellar led by Karen Karbiener

6:00-7:00pm: Lecture and q&a by Ed Folsom (University of Iowa), “This is the city…. And I am one of the citizens: Walt Whitman, the Body, and the City” (Grolier Club)

 

Friday, May 31: Starting From Paumanok: Origins

Walt Whitman Birthplace, Huntington, New York (bus provided)

8:00am: Bus departure from NYU Center for the Humanities

9:30-10:30am: Bus tour of “Whitmanland” and hike up Jayne’s Hill

10:30-12:00pm: Lectures and q&a by Jerome Loving (Texas A&M University) and David Reynolds (CUNY Graduate Center)

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-3:00pm: Instructor presentations and q&a

3:00-4:00pm: Conference wrap-up discussion

4:00-5:00pm: Tours of Whitman Birthplace

5:00-6:00pm: Happy Birthday Hour: Please join us for our grand celebratory toast to Whitman’s 200th birthday, featuring cake courtesy of the Whitman Birthplace, and wine provided by a generous donation from Paumanok Vineyards (https://www.paumanok.com/).

6:00-7:30pm: Dinner and tours of Whitman Birthplace

7:30-8:30pm: Performance of “More Or Less I Am”, Compagnia de’ Colombari (mbari (http://www.colombari.org/more-or-less-i-am)
9:00pm: Departure from Whitman Birthplace to NYU Center for the Humanities

 

Saturday, June 1: “Walt Whitman and New York” Symposium

Grolier Club, Manhattan

9:00-9:30am: Tour of “Poet of the Body: New York’s Walt Whitman” exhibition by co-curators Karen Karbiener and Susan Tane

9:30-10:00am: Welcome by Susan Tane

10:00-12:00pm: Panel 1 (four presentations and q&a)

12:00-2:30pm: Performance of Whitman song settings by the Dessoff Choirs (http://www.dessoff.org/); lunch

2:30-4:30pm: Panel 2 (four presentations and q&a)

4:30-5:00pm: Closing remarks by Karen Karbiener

5:00-6:00pm: Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association meeting