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Mark Twain focus of March 22 Schick Lecture

March 19, 2012

Indiana State University and the Joseph S. Schick Lectures on Language, Literature and Lexicography welcome Stanford University professor Shelley Fisher Fishkin to speak on Mark Twain Thursday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m.

Fishkin's presentation is titled, "Originally of Missouri, Now of the Universe: Mark Twain and the World." The lecture will take place in Root Hall A-264 with a reception following in A-269-270.

Fishkin studied at Swarthmore College and Yale College, receiving her Ph.D. from Yale in American studies. Now a Joseph S. Atha professor of humanities at Stanford University, Fishkin serves as professor of English and director of American studies. She has previously taught at Yale and the University of Texas and has lectured in numerous countries throughout Europe and Asia.

She is the author of five books, including "Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African American Voices" and is the general editor of the 29-volume "Oxford Mark Twain." Fishkin has also published widely on feminism, American journalism and nineteenth-century African-American literature.

A bequest by Joseph S. Schick, professor emeritus of English, began the Schick Lecture Series in Language, Literature and Lexicography in 1988.

Contact: Keith Byerman, professor of English, department of English, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3208 or

Writer: Mallory Metheny, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3773