More items of interest to Twainers:
Kent Rasmussen, author of _Mark Twain A to Z_ and Mark Twain Forum
member, will present three programs on Mark Twain and the application of
computer technology in research, editing and authorship in Jamestown, New
York, on November 18 and 19, 1996. Forum members who live in the Jamestown
area or will be within traveling distance are invited to attend the
lectures. Details and directions to the campus are included below:
The following announcement is reprinted from _The Communicator_ (The
Newsletter of Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College's Jamestown Campus); Vol
XXVII, No. 6; November 4, 1996.
SCHOLAR TO PRESENT PROGRAMS ON WRITING, TWAIN, COMPUTERS
R. Kent Rasmussen, author of the award winning _Mark Twain A to Z: The
Essential Reference to His Life and Writings_, will discuss Twain and
the use of the computer as a writing tool during a visit on November
l8 and 19.
Each of Dr. Rasmussen's programs will be held in the Hultquist Library
Theatre. The programs, sponsored by the Katharine Jackson Carnahan
Endowment for the Humanities and Jamestown Community College's college
program committee, are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Monday, November 18.
Dr. Rasmussen will draw upon his experience as a professional book
editor and author to present "Writing with Computers." During the 12
p.m. informal discussion, he will also suggest practical ways to make
writing and editing on computers easier.
During "Mark Twain: 'The Lincoln of Our Literature"' at 7 p.m., Dr.
Rasmussen will launch a discussion about what made Twain uniquely
American and why Twain's works remain as fresh and alive today as they
were in his own time. Dr. Rasmussen will also discuss how he became
interested in Twain and why the author continues to fascinate him as a
reader, writer, and historian.
Tuesday, November 19.
"Electronic Texts," at 11:30 a.m., features a demonstration of how
electronic texts, databases, and other computer tools have helped Dr.
Rasmussen as a professional writer. He will also show how technology
helped him compress six years of work into two and one-half years to
write _Mark Twain A to Z_. Dr. Rasmussen, a book editor at Salem
Press, has published six books and hundreds of articles and book
reviews. He is a former associate editor of the Marcus Garvey Papers
at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Ph.D.
in history. He is the author of several acclaimed reference books on
Africa and editor of _Mark Twain's Book for Bad Boys and Girls_. His
latest books, _The Quotable Mark Twain_ and a history of segregation
in America, will be published in 1997.
DIRECTIONS TO JAMESTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE:
From I-90 coming from Buffalo: Take the Dunkirk/Fredonia exit (exit
59). Take Rt. 60 south through Gerry and toward Jamestown. Approaching
the city limits, you will pass Tompkins Rd. and Palm Rd. on your left.
Take the next left on Horton Rd. Follow Horton to Curtis St.; follow
Curtis past 100-Acre Lot and Roger T. Peterson Institute and enter
large parking lot on lefthand side. The Hultquist Library is the
tallest building toward the back of the lot and the teleconference
theatre is to the left once inside the main door.
From Rt. 17: Take Jamestown exit (exit 12). Turn north onto Rt. 60 and
take first right on Horton Rd.
Jamestown Community College 525 Falconer St., Jamestown, New York.
Main number 716-665-5220.
For further information, contact Craig Frischkorn via email:
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An unrelated footnote to a previous posting:
What Erica Jong _really_ said . . .
_The Chronicle of Higher Education_; November 1, 1996; pg. B8;
"Correction to excerpt from Twain Edition"
The Chronicle of Higher Ed. reprints the excerpt from Erica Jong's
introduction to _1601 and Is Shakespeare Dead?_, correcting the errors of
the October 25 issue.
If you know of any additional items of "interest to Twainers,"
please share your information on the Mark Twain Forum.
-- Kevin B.