Walt Whitman sees death the way nature does: simply as another step towards new life. “The smallest sprout shows there is really no death, and if there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it, and ceased the moment life appeared,” he says. His words also title the first part of the five-series program in celebration of Walt Whitman’s life and his works.
“Originally American: Walt Whitman – Celebrating and singing America’s Bard” is provided by The Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility and it will be hosted by Camden County College’s Division of Arts and Humanities. The five-series program is supported with the generous grant funding of The New Jersey Council for Humanities. The first part of the program “The Smallest Sprout Shows There Is Really No Death” will be held on March 25, 2010 at 7 pm in Civic Hall inside the Connector Building on the Blackwood Campus. The lecturer for this part of the program is CCC’s Professor Emeritus Robert Lorenzi.
The lecture will explore various aspects of the most important poet of the Nineteenth Century. Professor Lorenzi will lecture to create an understanding of Whitman’s themes and his career. The program is open to public and educators with no charge to attend. In addition, an open discussion will follow the presentation. The Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is looking forward to welcome everyone to commemorate Whitman’s extraordinary work, who considered America “the greatest poem.”