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Walt Whitman and 19th century photography focus of Sat. scholars program Nov. 14

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Snapshot poetry or poetic snapshots? Ed Folsom, professor of English, presents "Photo-Sensitive: Walt Whitman and Nineteenth Century Photography" during this year's final Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind program at 9 a.m., Nov. 14, Room 40, Schaeffer Hall. Folsom will explore how Walt Whitman composed a poetry that was "photographic" in its ways of seeing and describing the world.

"The advent of photography brought a variety of changes to America from the time it first appeared (1840) through the rest of the century," Folsom said. "Photography changed Americans' perception of their country and themselves, demanding finally a more democratic definition of identity."

An internationally recognized scholar of Walt Whitman, Folsom has been editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review since 1983. He is the author of one book on Whitman, "Walt Whitman's Native Representations" (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and the editor of five collections of essays. Folsom will present 130 photos of the American writer Walt Whitman, the most photographed writer of the century at this Saturday's program.

The program is free and open to the public. Coffee and donuts will be served. This is the sixth and final program of this year's "Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind" series sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts.