Program Details

Jerusalem and the Jews: Mark Twain’s Journey of Enlightenment in the Holy Land

Matt Klauza
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Course Description

In June 1867, long before he became world-renowned, a 32-year-old Mark Twain was commissioned as a travel reporter to travel to the Holy Land and report back. This lecture addresses his travels to the Holy Land and his changing views of Jews throughout his life. This course allows for ample time for whole-group discussion and exploration of Twain's life, representation of Jews then and now, and the ability to change one's views over the course of his/her life.

About the Instructor

  • Matthew Klauza, Ph.D., is an English and literature professor at Palm Beach State College. He has presented on literary topics literally across the country (from New Orleans to Michigan, from Philadelphia to San Francisco, and several places in between). Klauza is a two-time Mark Twain Research Fellowship winner with the Center for Mark Twain Studies in New York, and he has lived for several weeks as a scholar-in-residence in Mark Twain's summer home while working hands-on with Twain's manuscripts and typescripts. He earned his doctorate in American Literature from Auburn University in Alabama.