Illume/Knapp Lecture Three: The Hospitals and Beyond - Mark Edmundson, PhD


Illume/Knapp Lecture Three: The Hospitals and Beyond - Mark Edmundson, PhD

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  • Friday, October 11, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, 200, Humanities Center

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Whitman’s quest culminates not on the last page of Song of Myself, but in the Civil War hospitals where he spent two years bringing aid to the wounded and dying. There he became a version of the democratic individual that the poem prophesies. From this position, we will explore our current crisis of democracy - and see how we might resolve it.

This is the third lecture in a the series, Walt Whitman and the Battle for Democracy. In this sequence of lectures, Dr. Mark Edmundson, professor at the University of Virginia, discusses Walt Whitman, his poetry and his vision of democracy. Though Whitman published his greatest poem Song of Myself in 1855, he remains a poet of the present: we still have not fully realized, or even completely understood, his hopes. Reflecting on Whitman today puts us in a position to respond to our current crisis of democracy.

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