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Walt Whitman scholar gives public lecture

Oct. 29, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Dr. M. Jimmie Killingsworth, a leading scholar and rhetorician on American poet Walt Whitman, will visit Western Michigan University Thursday, Oct. 30, to speak on "Whitman and the Nature Writers: Looking for the Soul in a Disenchanted Land."

Part of the Department of English's Scholarly Speaker Series, the free public event will take place at 7 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall.

A professor of English at Texas A&M University and director of its Writing Programs, Killingsworth earned his doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee in 1979. He has published numerous books on Whitman, environmental issues and the craft of writing, including two volumes co-authored with his wife, Jacqueline Palmer. His latest books are "Walt Whitman and the Earth: A Study in Ecopoetics " (University of Iowa Press, 2004), "Appeals in Modern Rhetoric: An Ordinary-Language Approach" (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), and "The Cambridge Introduction to Walt Whitman" (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Killingsworth's visit to campus is co-sponsored by the WMU Environmental Studies Program and the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

For more information, contact Anthony Ellis at anthony.ellis@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2606.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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