Injun Joe and the N-Word: Wrestling with Race & Stereotype in Mark Twain's Work

Event Type: Book & Author
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 10/8/2012
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 Was Mark Twain racist? Why did he use the n-word in his work? What were his own views on African Americans and American Indians? How did Twain's views evolve over his lifetime? Join Twain scholar Bruce Michelson and Robert Warrior, the director of American Indian Studies, for a conversation about these issues.

Special Guest Speakers Robert Warrior (Director of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Professor of American Indian Studies, English and History; and enrolled member of the Osage Nation) and Bruce Michelson (Director, University of Illinois Campus Honors Program; Professor of American Literature; and former president of the Mark Twain Circle of America)

The CU Reading program encourages everyone in Champaign-Urbana to read and discuss the same book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. CU Reading is co-sponsored by the Champaign Public Library and The Urbana Free Library, with support from the Champaign Public Library Friends and the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.

Location: The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)