NTC: Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn, and the Racial Dilemma

Thursday, October 11, 2012

9:30 am-12:30 pm

Lawrence Howe, Roosevelt University
Wait list only
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

We might wonder how a book designed to critique racial, and racist, assumptions has come to be viewed as part of the problem. How can educators guide developing readers to consider interpretive possibilities when they confront offensive language and how this text asks us to think about the social constructions of identity?  In this  seminar, we’ll begin by discussing Twain’s text and experiences we’ve had teaching it, but we’ll go beyond these encounters to examine some historical, social, and literary contexts that will help our students gain a greater appreciation for how literature poses problems and why.

Cost and Registration Information 

For registration information please contact Charlotte Wolfe at wolfec@newberry.org