may, 2021

12may6:00 pm7:00 pmSong of Ourselves with Mark Edmundson6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, in collaboration with the Membership Libraries Group presents

Song of Ourselves: Walt Whitman and the Fight for Democracy with Mark Edmundson

This event is free and open to all. Reservations are required; register through Eventbrite to reserve your spot. 

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Walt Whitman believed that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, glorious as they were, were not enough. We needed to learn to learn the true spirit of democracy. What does it feel like at its best to live as a democratic man or woman? In “Song of Myself,” seeks to answer that question.

Mark Edmundson is University Professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author of a dozen books, including “Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals” and “The Heart of the Humanities: Reading, Writing, Teaching.” He’s won a Guggenheim Fellowship and received an NEH chair for distinguished teaching.


(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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