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Twain Lecture Series A Project of Campus-Wide Initiatives and Events

Directed by Professor Ben Click

"Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever."

With these words Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) has given us our charge. We ourselves must live forever through humor. It is the function of the Mark Twain Lecture Series on American Humor and Culture to present the wide range of topics that face all humans, specifically American, through humor and the guiding presence of America's greatest humorist and most typical American.

The Twain Lecture Series consists of a primary annual lecture in the spring and additional smaller events that usually take place in the fall. These additional events include "Laughing to the Polls," "Music & Truth," and talks by Twain scholars. Some of these events are one-time guest lectures, but we hope to make others regular fixtures of the Series.

We're pleased to announce that this year's annual lecture will be delivered by Aasif Mandvi

Mandvi is a correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He is a recipient of an OBIE award for his one-man show "Sakina's Restaurant." His film and television credits include the title role in Merchant Ivory's "The Mystic Masseur," "The Seige," "Analyze This," "Sex and the City," "The Sopranos," "Law and Order," and "CSI."

Save the Date!

April 24, 2015

Michael P. O'Brien Athletics and Recreation Center

7:30 PM

Lecture to be followed by a book-signing

Co-Sponsored by SGA, SGA Programs Board, the Arts Alliance, The English Department, The Center for the Study of Democracy, and the History Department.

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How can you help?

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) almost went bankrupt in his lifetime. In order to prevent this from happening to the Twain Lecture Series, we welcome all contributions and support.

Supported by 23 Donations:

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    Thanks Ben for bringing such a fantastic and invaluable series to our community!
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    One of the high points of each year in St Mary's is this lecture. Thanks.
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    Sarah brought insight and humor to serious issues. In the best of the twain tradition she makes us think without preaching. Great choice
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    One of our favorite events, thanks Ben for making it happen!
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    Thanks, Ben for your commitment and dedication to this event and Twain's legacy.
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    Sarah Vowell is one of my favorite authors. My son and I loved her NPR broadcast about her father and his gun habits.
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