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Culture and Politics of Democracy, Walt Whitman Center for the

Campus address:
309Hickman Hall, 89 George St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Campus:
College Ave.
Telephone number:
732-932-1830
Fax number:
732-932-7170
Web site address:
http://polisci.rutgers.edu/centers-institutes/the-walt-whitman-center
Director:
Andrew Murphy
Contact telephone number:
732-932-1830
Contact email address:
whitmancenter@polisci.rutgers.edu
Purpose of center:
"The Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy was founded in 1998 by Benjamin Barber, who served as its director and as the Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science at Rutgers until 2001. It is fitting that a Center that takes as its focus the culture and politics of democracy, and that is located in the state of New Jersey, should be named for Walt Whitman. Whitman spent the final nineteen years of his life in Camden, and it was there that he arranged and published the final version - the 1892 ""deathbed"" edition - of his masterwork Leaves of Grass. And if this isn't enough to cement the connection between Whitman and New Jersey, one should note that Whitman was inaugurated as a posthumous member of the ""Class of 2009"" into the New Jersey Hall of Fame (a class that included rocker Jon Bon Jovi, comedians Abbott and Costello and Jerry Lewis, and basketball star Shaquille O'Neal).


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