Past Events

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Terry Oggel | A.B. Paine and Mark Twain’s Literary Reputation

Before Albert Bigelow Paine (1861–1937) met Mark Twain, he was well-known as an author of fiction and verse and as the biographer in 1904 of America’s pioneer editorial cartoonist, Thomas Nast.  Paine met Twain in 1906 and in admiration of Paine’s work on Nast, Twain named Paine his biographer.  Paine began immediately, assisting the author with his…

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Cristina Stanciu | Recovering Laura Cornelius Kellogg: Oneida Leader, Native Activist, American Writer

My talk will build on a recovery project I have undertaken with Prof. Kristina Ackley (Evergreen State College), in collaboration with the Wisconsin Oneida Cultural Heritage Department, to bring Laura Cornelius Kellogg’s work back into print. Kellogg was an orator, linguist, performer, and reformer of Indian policy, founding member of the Society of American Indians,…

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Nicholas Frankel | The Censoring of Oscar Wilde

Censorship is sometimes thought of as the official or semi-official repression of free speech, usually through the interference of governmental, quasi-governmental, or religious authorities. But there is a more unofficial kind of censorship, not so easy to quantify or identify, often closely allied with commercial forces that can inhibit the activities of writers in a…

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