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Susquehanna University Speaker to Illuminate Life of Mark Twain

April 3, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Mark Twain fans will get a glimpse of his personal life when Candace Ridington presents “My Dear Little Gravity: A Visit With Livy Clemens” April 15 at 11 a.m. in Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Center Theater. Sponsored by the university’s Institute for Lifelong Learning, the talk will help attendees to discover, through the eyes of his wife, what it was like to live with author and humorist Samuel Clemens.

Ridington is a former instructor in the Susquehanna University English department. She earned a master's degree in American literature from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is the author of “Rubicon: The Love Story of Emily Dickinson's Brother, Austin, and Mabel Todd, the Woman Who Saved Emily's Poetry.”

The talk, free and open to the public, will be followed by an optional lunch at noon. For lunch reservations or questions, call the Office of Conference and Event Management at 570-372-4354.

The Institute for Lifelong Learning hosts an annual series of lectures and luncheons that seek to promote fellowship and continued learning among seniors and others in the community and surrounding area.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones
570-372-4650

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