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“‘For you whoever you are’: Transcribing Whitman Manuscripts Online By Democratic Crowdsourcing” with Barbara Bair

at VIRTUAL through Walt Whitman Birthplace Association | Wed Dec 16


VIRTUAL through Walt Whitman Birthplace Association

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Huntington Station, NY 11746
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Date & Time

06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Wed, Dec 16, 2020
Cost: Free Event

Barbara Bair discusses getting up close and personal to Whitman’s creative process by participating in the Library of Congress By the People Walt Whitman online crowdsourcing project. Learn how to try your hand at transcribing Whitman’s words from his drafts and musings, or review transcriptions of Whitman’s handwritten and printed works from the Library’s digitized collections.  Share ideas for teachers to use the online site in a virtual classroom, or for personal browsing, engagement, and enjoyment.


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Barbara Bair is a curator or Literature, Culture and Arts in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, and a specialist for digital humanities projects. A member of the organizing committee for the 2019 Washington, D.C., Whitman 200 Festival, Barbara was lead curator for the “Whitman Bicentennial” exhibit and “Walt Whitman Open House” public display featuring Whitman materials from throughout the Library’s collections. Along with a poetry program at the Folger Library, the Open House served as the finale for the citywide celebration of Whitman’s birth.