The University of Iowa

First Fulbright Lunch and Learn to discuss Folsom's Fulbright in Germany Oct. 8

October 2nd, 2015

Please join the Iowa Chapter of the Fulbright Association and UI International Programs for the kick-off to this year’s Fulbright Lunch & Learn Seminar Series on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. in 1117, University Capitol Centre (Old Capitol Mall).

This special session will feature Ed Folsom, Ph.D and Roy J. Carver Professor of English. He will talk about his 1996 Fulbright professorship at the University of Dortmund in Germany and how it marked an international turn in what had previously been his somewhat insular “American” literary career.

Discovering how poet Walt Whiman’s work was transformed when translated and absorbed into other languages and cultures “Whitman” became “Whitmann” in a number of early German articles about the poet), Folsom and his German colleague from Dortmund, Walter Gruzenweig, worked together to help form the Transatlantic Walt Whiman Association, and to set up annual international Whitman seminars and symposia.

This collaboration has in turn led to a constellation of interpretive translation projects, some of them carried out here at Iowa, and others around the world.

Professor Folsom is also the co-director of the Walt Whitman Archive, is the editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, editor of the Whitman Series at the University of Iowa Press, and author of 10 books on Whitman.

Lunch will be catered for this session only, so come out and enjoy what’s sure to be a fascinating discussion!

This series is co-sponsored by the Iowa Chapter of the Fulbright Association and UI International Programs. For more information, contact the seminar series coordinator, Sonia Gunderson.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Karen in advance at, or 319-335-1436.