Web Portals, Archives, Repositories

The Walt Whitman Archive is located at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Edited by Whitman scholars Ed Folsom & Kenneth M. Price, the archive is working to provide access to facsimile and e-text versions of all the editions of Leaves of Grass (1855, 1856, 1860, 1867, 1871-72, 1881-82, 1891-92.) Also available is an extended biography of Whitman by Folsom and Price, the complete volume of contemporary reviews of Whitman’s work; selected critical essays; all known photographs of Whitman, with annotations; introductions to each edition of Leaves, reprinted from Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia and, with the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, a comprehensive bibliography of books, essays, notes, and reviews about Whitman. The searchable bibliography contains articles, books, chapters of books, and poems about Whitman, published from 1975 to the present. There are thousands of entries in the database, most of which are annotated. The archive also includes editions of Whitman’s works printed outside the US: including the first two British editions of Whitman’s poetry and the first full-length Spanish-language translation as well as two Russian translations of Whitman. Finally, the archive makes available sample manuscripts, including Whitman’s drafts of “Live Oak, with Moss,” the “Calamus” sequence, as well as links to Whitman’s recently recovered notebooks from the 1850s and 1860s at the Library of Congress.

People and Projects

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction. His work as an educator has usually intersected his interest as an artist, making his work often reflects on issues of interpretation, dialogue, and the role of contemporary culture in a global reality. This intersection is best exemplified in his project, “The School of Panamerican Unrest”, a nomadic think-tank that physically crossed the continent by car from Anchorage, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, making 40 stops in between. Covering almost 20,000 miles, it is considered one of the most extensive public art projects on record as well as a pioneering work for the new generation of artworks regarded under the area of socially engaged art.

Digital Texts and Contexts

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

John Dewey, Democracy and Education (1915)

Democracy” (2006) Stanford Dictionary of Philosophy

Democracy: a Journal of Ideas

Does My Vote Really Matter?” (November 2016). TED talk on the “Joy of Voting Project.”

Rory Stuart, “Why Democracy Matters

John Dewey, Democracy and Education (1916)

_____. “Democracy is Radical

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever (National Public Radio). By Jeremy Bowers, Emily Davis, Danny DeBelius, Christopher Groskopf, Anya Kamenetz, Meredith Rizzo, Sami Yenigun. Many of the speeches were gathered at Cristina Negrut’s Graduation Wisdom. May 19, 2014, Last updated: July 2, 2015