An Evening with Sarah Vowell
Photo by Bennett Miller
On April 11, 2014, Sarah Vowell will deliver the 8th annual Twain Lecture on American Humor and Culture.
About the Series
"Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever."
With these words Samuel
Clemens (Mark Twain) has given us our charge. We ourselves must live forever through humor. It is the function of the Mark Twain
Lecture Series on American Humor and Culture to present the wide range of topics
that face all humans, specifically American, through humor and the guiding
presence of America’s greatest humorist and most typical American. For more Twain resources, please click here.
About the Lectures
The Twain Lecture Series consists of a primary annual lecture in the spring and additional smaller events that usually take place in the fall. These additional events include "Laughing to the Polls," "Music & Truth," and talks by Twain scholars. Some of these events are one-time guest lectures, but we hope to make others regular fixtures of the Series. For more information on past speakers and events, please click here.
About the Director of the Lecture Series
Ben Click is a full professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland, chair of the English department, director of the Writing Center, and director of the Twain Lecture Series on American Humor and Culture. His doctorate is from Penn State University, and he has been teaching at St. Mary's since1998. He has given numerous lectures and scholarly papers on Mark Twain, including talks at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the International Quadrennial Conference on the State of Twain Scholarship. He wrote a regular column, "What Would Twain Say?" for the River Gazette and has published several articles and book chapters on the teaching of writing. Most of his research centers on rhetorical aspects humor in literature, specifically Twain's anti-imperialist writings, but he recently co-authored a book on the rhetoric of Charlie Chaplin and humor.
When he's not doing his professional life, he enjoys playing and listening to the blues (blues guitar and boogie woogie piano), working with wood, and watching and reading about baseball. But what he enjoys most is the company of his wife, two daughters, and their laughter.
Contact Ben Click at 240-895-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Read Click's "What Would Mark Twain Say" Column from the River Gazette:
- The Irresistible Eloquence of Twain (PDF)
- "My Habits...Would Assassinate You"
- Is Obama the Anti-Doughnut President?
- Twain Don't Shoot No Blank Cartridges, Boys (PDF)
For more information on Dr. Click's past talks, please click here.