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CUNY Research Foundation, NYC College of Technology (Brooklyn, NY 11201-1909)
Matthew K. Gold (Project Director: April 2008 to April 2014)

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Digital Humanities

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$24,912 (approved)
$24,042 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2008 – 12/31/2009

Looking for Whitman: the Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman

Development of a series of courses at four partner institutions that would engage students in online investigations of Walt Whitman's work in geographical context

This Level 1 Digital Humanities project, " Looking for Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman," will engage faculty and students at four academic institutions--New York City College of Technology; 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 interrelationship between a specific locale and a particular phase of the poet's work. Utilizing open-source tools to connect classrooms, the interdisciplinary project will create a collaborative, online space in which students can participate in a dynamic, social, web based learning environment. In its conception and articulation, this project reflects the central themes of Whitman's work: democracy, diversity, and connectedness.