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Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:40:07 -0400
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Thanks, Kevin.  The lovely note from Shelley did come through.


On Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 11:23 AM, Kevin Mac Donnell <
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> I was looking in the twainweb archives for something else and found =
> Shelley=E2=80=99s second attempt to post her message, so I copied it =
> again and trimmed the line-endings. Maybe this will work. Maybe not.
> Kevin
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> Dear all=E2=80=94
> I=E2=80=99m reposting in response to Steve Hoffman=E2=80=99s request =
> (evidently my earlier post appear as gibberish on his computer, and =
> probably on some other computers, as well).  I=E2=80=99m happy to do =
> that since it gives me a chance to correct a handful of typos and =
> inadvertent omissions.  Here goes--
> So many favorite moments and memories!=E2=80=A6=E2=80=A6Two late-night =
> jams of bluegrass, folk and rock on the verandah of the student union, =
> with the  pouring rain outside drowned out by the strains of mandolin =
> and  guitar played by John Bird, Ben Click,  Steve Hoffman, & Hal =
> Bush=E2=80=A6.Singing along with them and with Paula Harrington,  Sharon =
> McCoy, Mark Dawidziak,  Ronald Jenn, Megan Dawley, and others  (after =
> Ronald came up with the inspired idea of getting the lyrics we forgot on =
> our iPhones)=E2=80=A6Collecting a stack of terrific books that will keep =
> me busy all year=E2=80=A6.Hearing so many illuminating =
> papers=E2=80=A6.Being prompted to  ponder things I=E2=80=99d never =
> thought about like =E2=80=9CWas Huck Quaker?=E2=80=9D (Kevin MacDonnell) =
> and what Mark Twain can teach medical students (Patrick Ober) =E2=80=A6. =
> Realizing (after hearing papers and comments by Gregg Camfield, Holger =
> Kersten, Tracy Wuster, Jennifer Hughes,  Jeff Melton, Jim Caron, Judith =
> Lee & Jeff Williams) that I know a lot less about what humor and satire =
> do  and how they do it than I thought I did, and realizing that I need =
> to try to figure things out afresh=E2=80=A6..The astonishing experience =
> of hearing Matt Seybold read a paragraph from my very first book from =
> the podium Friday evening=E2=80=A6.The shock of receiving the John =
> Tuckey Award=E2=80=A6Great 4-hour conversations with Dave Sloane on the =
> drive from CT to Elmira and back =E2=80=A6..Reconnecting with former =
> students Tsuyoshi Ishihara and Tracy Wuster (and hearing their great =
> papers)=E2=80=A6.Having a wonderful mini-seminar  on =E2=80=98Global =
> Huck=E2=80=99 with Ronald Jenn and Amel Fraisse=E2=80=A6.Meeting young =
> scholars  like Courtney Bates, Christine Dixon, and Atushi Sugimura who =
> make me confident that Mark Twain Studies have a bright =
> future=E2=80=A6Seeing old friends Barb Snedecor, Kent Rasmussen and =
> Linda Morris get the recognition they deserve=E2=80=A6.Learning about =
> how Jocelyn Chadwick is transforming the NCTE=E2=80=A6.Getting a packet =
> of some great student papers on Twain from John Pascal=E2=80=A6.Singing =
> spirituals in the woods at the site of the octagonal study at Quarry =
> Farm (while holding an unlit cigar=E2=80=94I=E2=80=99d inhaled that =
> first year and regretted it since)=E2=80=A6.Oh yes: and being reminded =
> over and over=E2=80=94through extraordinary conversations over four =
> wonderful days with more people than I can possibly remember=E2=80=94why =
> I love studying Mark Twain and why I got into this profession in the =
> first place!
> THANK YOU to Matt Seybold and Joe Lemak!  And to co-chairs Kerry =
> Driscoll and Ann Ryan for pulling together such a stellar =
> program=E2=80=94 and to the other organizers--Nathaniel Bell, Jim Caron, =
> Joe Csicsila, Ben Griffin, Larry Howe, Bruce Michelson, Chad Rohman and =
> Henry Wonham =E2=80=94and  everyone else who made the conference so =
> special!
> Warmly,
> Shelley

Ben Click
Professor, English
Director, Writing & Speaking Center
Director, Twain Lecture Series on
American Humor and Culture
(240) 895-4253
St. Mary's College of Maryland