Martin T. Buinicki is the Walter G. Friedrich Professor of American Literature at Valparaiso University, and he has worked with the Learning by Giving Foundation since 2009. During that time, students in his course “Traditions of Giving and Serving in American Life” have awarded $72,500 in grants to nonprofits in northwest Indiana. Working with Dr. Elizabeth Lynn, Professor Buinicki helped establish a minor in Philanthropic Leadership and Service at Valparaiso University, and his course is now required for students pursuing the minor.
Professor Buinicki is the author of Negotiating Copyright: Authorship and the Discourse of Literary Property Rights in Nineteenth-Century America and Walt Whitman’s Reconstruction: Poetry and Publishing between Memory and History. He has published essays in a number of books and journals, including the Cambridge History of American Civil War Literature, American Literary History, American Literary Realism, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and The Journal of Popular Culture. His current project, Charitable Readings: Representations of Philanthropy in Early American Literature, was inspired by the works he teaches in his Learning by Giving course.