WAR • WORDS • WISDOM
A Veteran Experience Series Sponsored by John & Penny Barr

At the WALT WHITMAN BIRTHPLACE

Free & Open to The Public

Conversations about WARS through the WORDS of Veterans, Soldiersand Scholars to derive WISDOM about the challenges of Democracy.
Join the conversation as we explore the Civil War, WWII, Vietnam, and Iraq.

“Long Island & The Civil War” – Sunday, April 19, 3-5 PM
Book launch & discussion of “Long Island & The Civil War” with co-authors and historians Bill Bleyer, prize winning former Newsday reporter and Harrison Hunt, author of Heroes of the Civil War. They explore the 1860 presidential campaign that polarized the region and share the wartime experiences of Long Islanders in the field and at home.   

The Veteran Experience – Saturday, May 9, 1-4 PM
Panel discussion with three Veteran authors: John Barr, first president of The Poetry Foundation, writes of his five year Naval tour of duty in Vietnam in The War Zone; Emerson College Prof. Doug Anderson shares his memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery; Maurice Decaul, Warrior Writers poet, describes his Marine infantry service in Iraq during 2003. Also featuring Dan Levin’s poetry written on and about Iwo Jima during WWII.

Veteran Writers Workshop – “Words After War” –  Saturday, June 13, 2-4 PM
Veterans explore their war experience in a supportive writing workshop  facilitated by Veteran poet Maurice Decaul,  Open to Veterans.
Veteran Writers Workshop Poetry Reading – Open to the public.  5-7 PM

Songs of War   –  July 19, 2-4 PM
Exploration of music of the Civil War and WWII by two musicology professors.  Jim Davis, SUNY Fredonia, shares his Music Along the Rapidan: Civil War Soldiers, Music and Community During Winter Quarters, Virginia (2014). Gwyneth Bravo, NYU, describes why Aaron Copland’s WWII orchestral work, Lincoln Portrait, contains verse from “Camptown Races” in her forthcoming “Music of War” (2015).  With musical interludes.  

“Drum-Taps:” – Saturday, September 26, 2-4:30 PM
Civil War soldiers’ stories as told by Whitman, Scholars Karen Karbiener and Brian Matthew Jordan and artist Most Kunstler.  Karen Karbiener, NYU, reads letters written by Whitman for wounded soldier Erastus Haskell (1844), and shares interviews with Haskell’s relatives.  Brian Matthew Jordan, Gettysburg College, reads from his book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War (2015), based on soldiers’ letters and recollections.  Mort Kunstler, Civil War oil painter, discusses interpretive art as he donates his painting, “Angel of the Battlefield”, depicting Clara Barton and Whitman administering to soldiers. Community readings from “Drum Taps”, Whitman’s Civil War poems.

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