Reserve Now for Nov. 5 Overbeck Lecture: Walt Whitman in Washington
On Tuesday evening, November 5, the Overbeck History Lecture Series will explore Walt Whitman's immersion in the life of his adopted city, Washington, DC, during the Civil War and the following decade. Whitman scholar Martin G. Murray will discuss the poet's many roles here, sharing visual images and excerpts from Whitman's poetry and prose.
Whitman arrived in the nation's capital in 1863 in search of his brother, who had been wounded in the war, and became a regular visitor at the makeshift hospitals that had sprung up all over the city to tend to the thousands of Union casualties. He stayed on to serve as a federal clerk and formed strong friendships with several of the city's leading figures, while also writing some of his most notable poetry based on his experiences in the city.
An independent researcher and founder of the Washington Friends of Walt Whitman, Martin Murray has written and lectured extensively on Whitman for both academic and nonacademic audiences, and frequently leads walking tours of Whitman's Washington haunts. Most recently, he served on the coordinating committee for "Melville and Whitman in Washington: The Civil War Years and After" sponsored by the Melville Society and hosted by George Washington University. He works as an economist for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
The lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, at the Naval Lodge Hall at 330 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E. As always, admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. Please email OverbeckLecture@CapitolHillHistory.org and indicate how many seats you will need.
The Overbeck History Lectures are a project of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. Please remember CHCF in your charitable giving.
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