For the fourth consecutive year, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House & Museum will collaborate with Capital Community College to offer Studies in American Literature: Twain and Stowe. The three-credit course, which can also be audited for no credit, offers a combination of in-person and online classes. Classes will meet every other Wednesday from 2 to 4:45 pm, alternating weekly between classrooms at the Stowe and Twain houses, and online. The class begins August 29 at The Mark Twain House & Museum.
Students will read and discuss works by two of American literature’s most influential authors and will have behind-the-scenes access to the houses and materials unique to these neighboring landmarks. Capital’s Humanities Chair, Dr. Jeffrey Partridge, will teach the class, and students will also learn from staff experts at the Stowe and Twain museums.
“Teaching in these museums opens up a whole world of exploration for the students,” said Partridge, who also directs the Hartford Heritage Project, a National Endowment for the Humanities-supported initiative to infuse Capital Community College course curricula with local resources.
“The Stowe Center is thrilled to continue our partnership with Capital and the Twain House & Museum,” said Dr. Katie Burton, Program Coordinator for School and Writing Programs at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. “We value the course’s commitment to place-based learning, encouraging students to recognize literature’s power to effect change and empowering them to help shape their communities.”
“We’re delighted to join with Capital and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to offer this innovative course again,” said Dr. James Golden, The Mark Twain House & Museum’s Director of Education. “This partnership is an example not only of the robust cultural resources in Hartford, but how the history of one of America’s oldest cities continues to inspire new learning.”
To register or for more information, visit www.capitalcc.edu.