posted March 3, 2006

Production Featuring Prof Nominate for Emmy

William Pannapacker of the English faculty is part of an Emmy-nominated production.

He was featured as an expert on Walt Whitman in the program State of the Arts: American Originals produced by NJN Public Television. NJN covers the Philadelphia and New York Metropolitan markets, including about 13 million viewers.

The program originally aired on May 6, 2005 and was rebroadcast on February 17 and 22, and also includes segments on photographer Edward Weston, composer Harry Patch and organist Alexander McCurdy. It received a 2006 New York Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Arts Program.

Dr. Pannapacker, who is an assistant professor of English and Towsley Research Scholar at Hope, was interviewed in April 2005 in Camden, N.J., where he was giving a plenary session, "Walt Whitman's Philadelphia and Camden: Retrospect and Prospect" at the "Conference on Walt Whitman and Place" at Rutgers University, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Whitman's Leaves of Grass. The producer invited him to be part of the television segment because he was born in Camden, where Whitman spent the last 20 years of his life. Dr. Pannapacker's conference talk included childhood memories of the city, which has struggled to recover from the loss of industry since the 1960s.

Dr. Pannapacker gave five talks on Whitman during the sesquicentennial celebration. On Saturday, Feb. 4, he presented "Leaves of Grass and Walt Whitman's America" during the college's annual Winter Happening. The other three were during the Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., in December 2004; the 150th-Anniversary Conference in Lincoln, Neb., in March 2005; and an "American Treasures" lecture at the Library of Congress in November.