Faculty-Student Grant Award 2014-15 Goes to Catherine Waitinas

Due to the generosity of the CLA’s Circle of Giving donors, Catherine Waitinas received 2014-15 grant funding, including compensation, travel funding, and student funding, for her Walt Whitman Archive Pedagogy Initiative. The Whitman Archive is the premier digital literary archive worldwide. Catherine is working with the archive’s co-founder and co-editor, Dr. Ken Price of the University of Nebraska, to increase the archive’s visibility and use in classrooms nationally and internationally.

Catherine’s work on the Whitman Archive Pedagogy Initiative has three main foci. First, the student assistants are truly Learn by Doing collaborators in the initiative, combining their literary expertise and writing skills with technology. Primarily they are using iPad apps to produce videos introducing both the archive and Whitman himself to readers. These videos will be available for both classroom and independent use. This summer, Cal Poly English master’s degree candidate Sarah Horne, a veteran of both Catherine’s undergraduate Walt Whitman seminar and her graduate Early American Poetry seminar, produced videos exploring Whitman’s relationship with Ralph Waldo Emerson and demonstrating how students can use the archive’s massive collections of manuscripts. 

To read more about Catherine's work on the Whitman Archive take a look on page 6 of our 2014 Department Newsletter.

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