Center for Mark Twain Studies Hosts First Lecture in New Series

July 27 2016
Category: Twain

Mark Twain in study

The Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College will host the first lecture in a new series titled, “The Park Church Summer Lecture Series.”  The lecture will take place Wednesday, August 3 at the historic and cultural landmark, The Park Church, 208 W. Gray Street, Elmira.

This lecture, “’Never Be In A Hurry To Believe’: Did Sermons Joseph Twichell Preached at The Park Church Save Huck Finn’s Soul?” will be presented by Dwayne Eutsey, Independent Scholar. "

Eutsey will examine how two eulogy sermons the Rev. Joseph Twichell preached at Park Church on the passing of his mentor (and controversial theologian) Horace Bushnell may have contributed to the deep and complicated religious undercurrents coursing through the heart of Twain’s classic novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

The lecture series will continue on Wednesday, August 10, with “Everybody Drinks Water: Bridging The Generation Divide in Mark Twain” presented by A.B. Effgen, Boston University.

The lecture series is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for guided tours of The Park Church, with lectures beginning at 7:30 p.m.

About The Park Church
Founded in 1846 by a group of abolitionists, The Park Church has been a strong presence in Elmira’s history and some members of its congregation were close friends and family members to Mark Twain.  Known for its striking architectural features, The Park Church contained Elmira’s first public library and has a long history of charitable service to the Elmira community.  Currently, it is an “Open and Affirming Congregation,” welcoming all people to worship and participate in its communal life, regardless of ethnic origin, race, class, age, ability, gender, or sexual orientation.

About the Center for Mark Twain Studies
The Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies was founded in January 1983 with the gift of Quarry Farm to Elmira College by Jervis and Irene Langdon, the great-grand-nephew (and his wife) of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. The Center offers distinctive programs to foster and support Mark Twain scholarship and to strengthen the teaching of Mark Twain at all academic levels. The Center serves the Elmira College community and regional, national, and international students and scholars of Mark Twain.