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Anne Arundel 100

The Year of Twain

Written by Barbara Geehan, River Gazette Editor

Mark Twain said that the person who invented anniversaries should be hung. But that won’t stop St. Mary’s College from celebrating three important dates (the 175th of his birthday, the 125th of Huck Finn’s publication, and the 100th of his death) with public lectures, a silent fi lm showing, and a month-long gallery show this school year.

Wednesday, September 29
Twain Lecture Series “Hushing Huck: The Banning of Huckleberry Finn” Ben Click (professor of English) will discuss the long and interesting history of how and why Twain’s greatest novel has been banned. Library, 2nd Floor 4:45 pm

October 1-November 1
“Mark Twain: From Caricature to Icon” This gallery exhibition developed by Alex Effgen (The Editorial Institute at Boston University) examines many of the physical and behavioral aspects most relevant to Twain’s portrait chronologically and synoptically, using images found in contemporary
periodicals.  Montgomery Hall, Upper Commons

Monday, October 4
Twain Lecture Series William Desmond Taylor’s silent film, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1920)  A rare screening of William Desmond Taylor’s “Adventures of HuckleberryFinn,” the first film version of Mark Twain’s novel. The film was recently discovered and fully restored by the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. In addition to the screening, Anthony L’Abbate, preservation officer for the Eastman House, will discuss the film’s history and answer questions from the audience.   Cole Cinema in the Campus Center 8:15 pm

Thursday, November 4
Twain Lecture Series   “‘I reckon you ain’t used to lying; . . .what you want is practice,’ or what Huckleberry Finn teaches about Education.” Professor Gregg Camfield (Hillyer Chair at University of California, Merced) will discuss Twain’s novel. Camfield is the editor of the Bedford edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the edition read by all first-year students at St. Mary’s College, 2010.  Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall  8:15 pm

Thursday, February 3
Twain Lecture Series “Mark Twain & America’s ‘Ownership Society:’ Race, Language, and Property in Huckleberry Finn and Pudd’nhead Wilson.” Professor Lawrence Howe (Roosevelt University) will discuss the problem of chattel property and literary property in Pudd’nhead Wilson. His discussion will show that while Huckleberry Finn offered considerable insight into the travesty of slavery, his later novel Pudd’nhead Wilson suggests that he remained perplexed by the consequences of slavery and in social and legal practices. Daugherty-Palmer Commons 8:15 pm

Saturday, April 23
Annual Twain Lecture on American Humor and Culture Location and time TBD