In this one hour program, Walt Whitman, portrayed by Dr. Bill Koch, will highlight major poems from his poetry collection, Leaves of Grass. In addition, Whitman will pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln 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.

Registration is not required for this event. This program is funded by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional support from the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library. 

Bettendorf Public Library • 2950 Learning Campus Drive • Bettendorf, Iowa
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1:30 PM
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