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HD-50866-09Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up GrantsCUNY Research Foundation, NYC College of TechnologyLooking For Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman - Level 29/1/2009 - 3/31/2012$33,235.00MatthewK.Gold   CUNY Research Foundation, NYC College of TechnologyBrooklynNY11201-1909USA2009Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDigital Humanities Start-Up GrantsDigital Humanities332350332350

The piloting of a series of courses at three institutions that would engage students in online investigations of Walt Whitman's work in geographical context that would conclude with a conference on material culture and Whitman.

This project engages faculty and students at four universities--New York City College of Technology (CUNY), New York University, University of Mary Washington, and Rutgers University-Camden--in a concurrent, connected, semester-long inquiry into the relationship of Whitman's poetry to local geography and history. Each class will explore the relationship between its specific locale and a particular phase of the poet's work. Utilizing open-source tools to connect college classes from multiple institutions, the interdisciplinary project breaks down traditional institutional walls as it creates a collaborative online space in which students can participate in a dynamic, social, web-based learning environment. In its conception and in its dissemination, this project expands the traditional bounds of classroom and institutional space. In doing so, it reflects the central themes of Whitman's career: democracy, diversity, openness, and connectedness.