Just wanted to let you know I'll be giving three lectures for the Senior Summer School that will be held at the University of San Diego this month. See website: http://www.seniorsummerschool.com/
Here's the summary I sent for their catalog:
Mary Galbraith has been teaching literature and composition at San Diego State University since 1996. She has a special interest in the childhood experiences of well-known authors and picture-book artists.
Mark Twain in Black and White (July 15, 9am): Samuel Langhorne Clemens (alias Mark Twain) was born prematurely into the racially coded culture of Missouri in 1835. His complicated early life with white and black caregivers is at the heart of several of his books, most notably Huckleberry Finn and Pudd'nhead Wilson. I will talk about Twain�s personal memories of black and white parent figures as they are expressed in his fiction.
What Drives Writers to Write (July 29. 9am): Extraordinary states of consciousness induced by epilepsy, trauma, bipolar disorder, and childbirth have been linked to creative perception and a drive to write. This lecture will explore this link in an anecdotal way, offering examples of authors whose great works of literature may have been engendered by atypical neurological conditions. Examples of authors: Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), Fyodor Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov), and Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse).
The Back Story of Classic Picture Books (July 29, 10:30am): Several classic picture books that were first published between the two World Wars have amazing back stories involving their authors� family history and wartime experiences. I will be talking about Millions of Cats (Wanda Gag), Madeline (Ludwig Bemelmans), And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (Dr. Seuss), and Curious George (H. A. Rey).