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Walt Whitman, America’s Great Optimistic Writer
November 16, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Dudley H. Davis Center
Huck Gutman and Mary Lou Kete discuss the ebb and flow of optimism in Walt Whitman, an optimist among American writers. Yet Whitman had a darker side, and an awareness of the history that constrained the nation, not least because a civil war would soon imperil the democracy he so deeply loved.
Led by: Mary Lou Kete, Professor of English, University of Vermont, and Huck Gutman, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Vermont