I am sorry to send the news that noted Mark Twain scholar Lawrence Berkove died yesterday. Larry Berkove was a friend, model, and mentor for many in the Mark Twain world, as well as a former president of the Mark Twain Circle of America. Larry leaves behind a legacy of impeccable scholarship. Condolences can be sent to his wife:
Southfield, MI 48076
This tribute to Larry Berkove from the Mark Twain Journal was written by Joseph Csiscila, Larry’s student, collaborator, and friend:
Jocelyn Chadwick offers her informed opinion on the controversy over removing Huckleberry Finn from reading lists in Duluth, MN. http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/columns/4432101-scholars-view-understand-present-dig-past-texts-finn
You can download and stream the recent talk by Ron Powers, see the spring lineup of speakers, and read an interesting article about students responding to sensitive texts by clicking on the webpage for Elmira College’s Center for Mark Twain Studies: http://marktwainstudies.com/
The Library of America features Mark Twain and humorist George Ade in their “Story of the Week”: http://storyoftheweek.loa.org/
See the call for papers for MLA 2019 in Chicago under the calls for papers tab. Deadline is Mach 1. The topic is Mark Twain and Gender.
The Quadrennial Joint Conference between the Mark Twain Circle and the American Humor Studies Association, “Humor in America,” will be held on the campus of Roosevelt University in Chicago from July 12-14. The conference will feature two types of presentations: traditional paper sessions and roundtables. Each roundtable participant will speak for 7-9 minutes on a topic related to the larger theme. Paper presentations of 15-18 minutes will be represented in a traditional format moderated by a chair. The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2018. See the full call under the calls for papers tab.