Mark Twain’s 180th Birthday Celebration Concludes 2015 Fall Lecture Series

November 24 2015
Category: Twain

The 2015 Fall Mark Twain Lecture Series wraps up Monday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m., in historic Cowles Hall, as part of a Mark Twain’s 180th Birthday Celebration.

The 180th Birthday Celebration features the ‘unveiling’ of two new United States Mint Mark Twain Commemorative coins.  Since 1982, the United States Mint has been producing modern commemorative coins authorized by Congress. On December 4, 2012, Public Law 112-201 instructed “the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of Mark Twain.” Beginning in the Spring of 2016, the two coins -- one gold and one silver -- will be available for collectible purchase.

The evening also includes the final Lecture Series presentation, “Fraternizing with the Enemy: Revisiting Mark Twain’s Writings For, and About, Children,” by visiting scholar Andrew Levy.  Levy is Edna Cooper Professor of English at Butler University, where he also chairs the English Department and recently directed the MFA program. He is author of the critically acclaimed Brain Wider Than the Sky, the award-winning biography The First Emancipator, and most recently, Huck Finn’s America. His essays have appeared in Harper’s, American Scholar, and Best American Essays, and his work has been reviewed in Time, The New York Times, NPR, and many other national venues.

Attendees are invited to stay and end the evening with birthday cake, punch and special music provided by Bells & Motley.  The event is free and open to the public.

About Mark Twain Lecture Series

In 1984, the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies initiated a lecture series, The Trouble Begins at Eight. The title came from the handbill advertising Mark Twain’s October 2, 1866 lecture presented at Maguire’s Academy of Music in San Francisco. The first lectures were presented in 1985.  The lectures are now held annually in the Fall and Spring of each year. Each lecture is digitally recorded after the event and made available in audiofile MP3 format.  The Trouble Begins at Eight is made possible by the support of the Mark Twain Foundation and the Friends of the Center.