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Walt Whitman re-enactor at UNI

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Most historical re-enactments don’t involve poetry, but Dr. Bill Koch with the UNI Department of Languages and Literature takes a different approach.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. he will present his one man show “Walt Whitman Live!” in Lang Auditorium. Koch both dresses up and acts as Walt Whitman while reading the famous poet’s works out loud.

Koch said this show is special to him because it marks his 20th year as a Whitman re-enactor. He feels that Whitman is especially relevant now more than ever, since Whitman wrote during the Civil War, a time when America was horribly divided.

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