Elmira College hosts ‘Mark Twain Legacy’ discussion at 100th anniversary of writer’s death – Elmira College in Elmira, New York, will host a Saturday afternoon panel discussion on Saturday March 20, 2010 from 1 to 5 p.m. to commemorate the author’s death 100 years ago. The event also celebrates the 125th anniversary of his landmark novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The panel discussion will take place at the Tripp Lecture Hall in the Gannett-Trip Library on campus.
Speakers will represent the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies and other scholars from around the country.
Those from Elmira College are:
Maureen Donohue-Smith, who will speak on “Huck Finn in Foster Care: Resilience and Regeneration in a Child-at-Risk.” Can we better understand Huck by drawing upon the research on maltreated children growing up in high-risk families?
Carol Lenhart, “Mark Twain: Budding Criminologist?” How did Mark Twain stand on matters related to the broad field now referred to as criminal justice?
Robin O’Brian, “Traveling with Twain: Examining Twain’s Travel Writing and Cultural Observations from an Anthopological Viewpoint.” How did Mark Twain’s travel descriptions parallel, depart from, and shape ideas about travel writing and the “other” during the late 19th Century?
Twain scholars and their topics include the following:
Joseph Csicsila, Eastern Michigan University, “Samuel Clemens, the Beatles, and American Culture: Tracing the Roots of Mark Twain’s Enduring Legacy.” Exactly why has Mark Twain endured at “the” representative American writer in the 100 years since his death?
Kerry Driscoll, Saint Joseph College, “A World Without Twain.” What would the possible configuration of American life, letters, and culture look like had Samuel Langhorne Clemens never been born?
David L. Smith, Williams College, “Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and the Wages of Genius.” What makes these writers so compelling to us? Is being quintessentially American a blessing or a curse?
The panel will be moderated by American literature professor and Twain scholar, Michael J. Kiskis, of Elmira College.
Since seating is limited, the college recommends calling (607) 735-1941 for reservations.
The National Literature Examiner is the author of Mark Twain: A Biography.
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