Our 2019 Bicentennial Calendar includes historic and literary programs to celebrate Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday:

On May 31, as part of our 3-day Whitman Bicentennial Birthday Celebration, Compagnie de’Colombari Theatre Troupe presents an operatic and theatrical interpretation with music and lighting of Whitman’s words in More or Less I Am. The troupe consists of 9 performers, a director and a choreographer. On June 1, Musician Jay Ungar will perform Whitman-era music.

On August 9, as part of our first 3-day International Whitman Festival, we will feature two afternoon panel presentations by international scholars on “Significance of Place in Early Childhood,” and “The Impact of Whitman on Social Justice Issues.” An evening theatrical performance will follow. Panel presenters & performers TBA.

Whitman at 200: Distinguished Speaker Series features 5 presentations by 5 Whitman Scholars.

In April, California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia will lecture on Why Poetry Matters Historic Poetic Traditions.

On June 1, noted Whitman scholar Prof. David Reynolds is keynote speaker on Whitman, 19th Century and Beyond.

On July 12, University of Idaho Assistant Professor Zachery Turpin, who recently uncovered two Whitman publications written under a pseudonym, will offer a talk on Uncovering the Hidden Manuscripts of Whitman. 

In September, former Congressman Steve Israel, a scholar of Whitman’s Democratic Vistas book, will deliver a lecture on Walt Whitman: Poet of Democracy.

On August 9-11, for the inaugural Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF), scholars will present papers that examine different aspects of Walt Whitman and his contribution to humanity. Iowa State Prof. Ed Folsom is the featured speaker.

On August 10, Iowa State Prof. Ed Folsom, Whitman scholar and author of over 5 books on Whitman and co-founder of the online Whitman Archive which contains all the writings of Whitman, will speak on selected highlights contained in The Walt Whitman Archive. 

Walking With Whitman: Poetry in Performance is our Signature Series currently in its 8th year. We feature six nationally known poets who appear on the Whitman stage on the First Fridays of March, April, May, September, October, and November. Each is accompanied by the Tom Santoriello Musical Duo, along with a community Open Mic.

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