Events Analyze the Icons Life and Impact All Year
ST. MARYS CITY, Md. (Sept. 23, 2010)St. Marys College of Maryland begins its school-year tribute to Mark Twain with lectures, films, and a gallery exhibition to celebrate the authors 175th birthday, the 125th year anniversary of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finns publication, and the 100th year anniversary of his death. All the following events are free and open to the public.
Professor of English Ben Click will discuss how and why Huckleberry Finn has been a source of controversy since its publication, including being banned from the Concord Public Library in Massachusetts in 1885 and the Brooklyn Public Library in 1905. Hushing Huck: The Banning of Huckleberry Finn takes place at 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, on the 2nd floor of the college library.
Throughout October, the Upper Commons of Montgomery Hall will be home to Mark Twain: From Caricature to Icon, a gallery exhibition developed by Alex Effgen of the Editorial Institute at Boston University. The exhibit will show how the portrayal of Twain through visual images evolved throughout his career as a writer. It will feature many cartoons or caricatures published during Twains lifetime, along with corresponding text.
Complementing Clicks lecture on the banning of Huck Finn, there will be a showing of William Desmond Taylors silent film, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1920), the first film version of Mark Twains novel. The film was recently restored by the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. In addition to the screening, Anthony LAbbate, preservation officer for the Eastman House, will discuss the films history and answer questions from the audience. This event will take place at 8:15 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, in Cole Cinema in the Campus Center.