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August 2, 2023 - Mark Twain Lecture: Twain’s Machiavellian Princess …

The 2023 Park Church Summer Lecture Series is presented by the Center for Mark Twain Studies and The Park Church. The series will feature three lectures. All the lectures will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be located at The Park Church (208 W. Grey Street, Elmira, NY). All of these lectures are open to the public at no cost.


The Trouble Begins and Park Church Lecture Series are made possible by the support of the Mark Twain Foundation, Katherine Roehlke, and generous gifts from individual donors.


What: “Twain’s Machiavellian Princess: Personal Recollections and Political Philosophy”

Presented by: Bernard Joseph Dobski

When: Wednesday, August 2 at 7:00 PM

Where: The Park Church


Our next Center for Mark Twain Lecture will be on August 2 at 7 PM with presenter Bernard Joseph Dobski on “Twain’s Machiavellian Princess: Personal Recollections and Political Philosophy.” Twain’s approach to providence in Personal Recollections represents a dramatic portrayal of the origins of modern politics through the figure of Joan of Arc as Machiavellian founder. This portrait allows the reader to reflect anew on the tensions between moral freedom and determinism at the heart of Twain’s corpus, opening a new window into the mind of America’s foremost man of letters at the turn of the century.


A 1903 engraving of Joan of Arc by Albert Lynch featured in the Figaro Illustre magazine

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