Hall Center For The Humanities


Susan Harris
Susan Harris
Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Kansas

"Pious Hypocrisies: Mark Twain, the Philippines, and America's Christian Mission"
Humanities Lecture Series

Wed., Feb. 9, 2011, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

*Co-sponsored by Kansas Public Radio. Supported by the Friends of the Hall Center.

Mark Twain called it "pious hypocrisies." President McKinley called it bringing "Christianity and civilization" to backward peoples. In her lecture, Susan Harris will explore the debates over the U.S. annexation of the Philippines through the voices of Twain, McKinley, and other Americans who fought over America's duty to others at the moment when the U.S. became a world power in 1899.

A specialist in 19th-century American literature, Dr. Harris is both a Twain scholar and a scholar of women's writings. She is the Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Kansas and author of the forthcoming Oxford University Press title, God's Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, 1898-1902. Earlier publications include Annie Adams Fields, Mary Gladstone Drew, and the Work of the Late 19th-Century Hostess (2002); The Courtship of Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain (1996); Nineteenth-Century American Women's Novels: Interpretive Strategies (1990); and Mark Twain's Escape from Time: A Study of Patterns and Images (1982). She has edited Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2000); Harriet Beecher Stowe's The Minister's Wooing (1999); and Mark Twain: Historical Romances (1994).

Dr. Harris received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and is the recipient of the Henry Nash Smith Award, an honor bestowed upon one scholar every four years for their contributions to the study of Mark Twain. She has served on the advisory board of the Mark Twain Museum, located in Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, and the editorial boards of American Literature and American Women Writers Series.

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