Colleges Crowe Academy
presents seminar on Mark Twain
to give keynote address
(June 2003) The Current of Mark Twains
Mississippi will be the subject of James M. Coxs keynote
address on Friday, June 20, at Hanover Colleges 2003 Crowe Academy.
Cox, an author and retired college professor, will discuss life on the
Mississippi River as reflected in Twains literary classics, Adventures
of Huckleberry Finn and Life on the Mississippi.
on the Mississippi"
What I hope to do is get a sense of that river
Mark Twains river. Ill be speaking of both the current of
the river and the current of the prose, said Cox.
A Virginia native, he received a bachelors degree in 1948 and
a masters degree in 1949 from the University of Michigan, and
a doctorate in 1955 from Indiana University. An American literature
expert, he taught for two years at Emory & Henry College, for six
years at Indiana University, and for 24 years at Dartmouth College,
from which he retired in 1990.
As a doctoral student at IU, Cox developed a scholarly interest in Twain
(a.k.a. Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910) but said his initial fascination
with the legendary American author was forged when he read all of Twains
works as a child. Cox wrote his doctoral thesis on Twain. He also wrote
the book, Mark Twain: The Fate of Humor, and several articles,
including A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court: The
Machinery of Self-Preservation, and Puddnhead Wilson:
The End of Mark Twains American Dream.
In his lecture at Hanover, Cox will also examine Twains notoriety
as a humorist, the difficulties he had and whether the role was one
he relished. I want to show a little how Mark Twain developed
the nature of his humor. Humor is a very tough subject, said Cox.
Cox, who now lives in Virginia in the house where he was born and raised,
recalled traveling through the Madison area on his way to Virginia to
visit relatives during his tenure at IU. He particularly remembered
crossing the Ohio River there. Its one of the nicest places
to cross (the Ohio), he said.
Cox will join several featured speakers at Hanover Colleges Crowe
Academy to discuss this years topic, Life on the River.
Lectures and discussion groups will focus on the history of and Americas
fascination with the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
Since 1999, the academy, named after Hanover College Founder John Finley
Crowe, has been a part of the Center for Free Inquiry, whose mission
is to bring the colleges intellectual and cultural offerings to
a wider constituency. The academy consists of two and a half days of
lectures, seminars, discussions and activities centered around a selected
Other featured speakers will include Hanover College professors Ken
Bevis, Ted Eden and Darrin Rubino; college chaplain Michelle Bartel;
cruise lecturer and education coordinator for the Belle of Louisville
and the Spirit of Jefferson Kadie Engstrom; and author Judith Moffett.
Registration begins at 1 p.m. Friday, June 20, in the Campus Center
lobby. The cost of the event is $300 per person, which includes on-campus
lodging, course materials, speakers, a cruise aboard the Spirit of Jefferson
riverboat and all meals.
The cost for commuters is $225 per person; the cruise only is $50 per
person. Registration deadline is June 1 for those who plan to stay on
campus. Commuters can register through June 15 as space allows.
For more information call (812) 866-6848 or visit: http://cfi.hanover.edu/.
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