Twain Events

April 11, 2014
"An Evening with 
Sarah Vowell"
7:30 PM

Doors open at
6:30 with music
by WD-40
(Wes Lanich '05,
Darrion Siler '07,
& Nathan
Graham '06) 



An Evening with Sarah Vowell 

Sarah Vowell

Photo by Bennett Miller

On April 11, 2014, Sarah Vowell will deliver the 8th annual Twain Lecture on American Humor and Culture. 

Event is free and open to the public.

Twain Caption Contest

To view the photos and winning captions for 2013-2014, scroll down.

“You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination. You may not see your ears, but they will be there.”
-Mark Twain, “A Fable”

MARK TWAIN believed imagination plays a key role in interpreting texts. According to Twain, a viewer “can find in a text whatever [he or she] bring[s].” In other words, the interpretation of a text or image changes with each different viewer. The Twain Lecture Series shares and embraces Twain’s idea and introduces the “Twain Caption Contest.” Entrants will choose one of the provided images and create an imaginative and humorous caption to go with it. See below for due date, complete guidelines, and images.

Submissions due to Dr. Ben Click via e-mail (baclick@smcm.edu) on or before Valentine's Day, 2014. 

View full contest guidelines here.

This contest is inspired by the Caption Contest from The New Yorker. To view examples from their contest(s), click here.

Images for Captioning:

Image A:

Twain with Gun

This image was taken from the February 2011 "Autobiography of Mark Twain Celebration" page from UCLA. To view original image and source, click here.

1st Place: Meagan Blizzard (SMCM Sophomore)-- "If I shot you with this gun, I could tell a story about you running away down the river and people would believe me."

3rd Place: Nick Brown (SMCM Senior)-- "Now, I told you what would happen if you looked for a plot."


Image B:

Twain with Sealskin Hat and Coat

This image was taken from Elizabeth Licata's April 2013 Buffalo Spree article entitled "Twain Was Here." To view original image and source, click here.

2nd Place: Ari Pluznik (SMCM sophomore)--"No, I do NOT think Morgan Freeman should play Jim in the film adaptation."


Image C:

Twain in Regalia

This image was taken from J.E. Luebering's November 24, 2006 entry on the Encyclopedia Brittanica Blog, entitled "Twain the Academic." To view original image and source, click here.