Mark TwainAfter a summer hiatus, the library’s yearlong “The Adventures of Mark Twain: A Centenary Celebration” picks up again on August 27. Below is the schedule:

August 27–December 17: “Mark Twain: An American Original.” Vanderbilt University traveling exhibit in Special Collections. Features first editions and original materials.
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 10am-7pm, Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm

September 13–December 17: “Laughing Matters: Researching American Humor in Special Collections.” The exhibit will be located in the 4th floor foyer of the Library Addition.

September 14: Lecture by Gregg Camfield, professor of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at UC Merced, “The Provincial Cosmopolitan: Mark Twain as Californian,” at 3:30 p.m. in Room LL430.

Professor Camfield has published widely on American literature and culture—from 18th century poet Joel Barlow to the television cartoon Beavis and Butt-Head. Mostly he has worked on the ethical and esthetic debates of the nineteenth-century, concentrating on the works of Mark Twain, American literary humor, literary sentimentalism and domesticity. These perspectives inform his three books: Sentimental Twain: Mark Twain in the Maze of Moral Philosophy (Pennsylvania, 1994), Necessary Madness: The Humor of Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Oxford, 1997), and The Oxford Companion to Mark Twain (2003).

A reception will follow the lecture.

Fall 2010: The library will be presenting a series of films related to Mark Twain during the fall term. The movies will be shown in Student Services Room 1500 at 7 pm, and they’re free!

October 13Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
October 20Mark Twain, a Ken Burns documentary (Part 1)
October 27Mark Twain, a Ken Burns documentary (Part 2)
November 3Mark Twain Tonight! (Hal Holbrook one-man show)