International Whitman Week 2019 2018-10-30T20:56:22+00:00
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)

Conference Organizer:
Karen Karbiener (New York University, NY)

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)
Edward Whitley (Lehigh University, PA)

Monday, May 27: Welcome to Whitman’s New York!
St. Francis College, Brooklyn

9:00-10:30am:Welcome by Karen Karbiener; “Whitman and Brooklyn” lecture by Ian Maloney (St. Francis College); “Vanishing Leaves: A location-based mobile game in Whitman’s Brooklyn” lecture and demonstration by Jesse Merandy (Bard Graduate Center),
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 (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:  Lecture and closing remarks by Betsy Erkkila (Northwestern University), “The Whitman Revolution: Why Poetry Matters”
5:00-6:00pm: Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association meeting