Walt Whitman Live!!
MUM Library North Lounge
Thursday, December 13th, 7:30 pm
Free and Open the General Public
Sponsored by Humanities Iowa and The MUM Library
In this one hour program, Walt Whitman, portrayed by Dr. Bill Koch, will highlight major poems from his collection Leaves of Grass, as he acknowledges 2012 as the 157th anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass. In addition, Whitman will pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln, on the occasion of the 147th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, with a description of the nation's obsequies, and recitations of the Gettysburg Address and "O Captain, My Captain."
Bill Koch received a Ph.D. in American Studies from St. Louis University and is an adjunct professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa. He has been a Whitman re-enactor since 1997, appearing at various Civil War encampments in Iowa, and presenting his show "Walt Whitman Live!!" in numerous venues, including the Old State Capital in Springfield, Illinois.