When: TBA, 2013
Travel Dates: TBA, 2013
Take a trip to America's past when you visit Hannibal, Missouri, the hometown of Mark Twain, on the magnificent Mississippi River. Laugh, learn, and let Mark Twain lighten your summer!
You can preview what life is like in "America's Hometown" of Hannibal by visiting this website: www.visithannibal.com.
This is your opportunity to visit the place where Mark Twain was born, tour sites re-constructed to capture the spirit of the 19th century, and experience the vibrant culture of a small historic town. Enjoy a downtown trolley ride, interact with working artisans, shop for antiques, and experience the moods of the mighty Mississippi.
Plan ahead – this course requires you to complete regular assignments in addition to travel. If you do not need academic credit, you can still participate without earning credit. Invite a family member or a friend to join the group and enjoy the attractions of Hannibal.
Once you have decided to participate in this excursion, contact your Academic Advisor to register for TVL 312 Mark Twain: Writer & Observer of American Culture. Your Academic Advisor can adjust your schedule to work around this opportunity.
Send an email to Carol.Cappadocia@ashford.edu for additional information.
|Registration – non-refundable||TBA|
|Hotel – two nights, breakfast and dinner included (lunch not included) per person||TBA|
|Riverboat dinner cruise (included in registration deposit)|
|Tours – including Hannibal trolley and Mark Twain's cave||TBA|
|Spending money – estimate||TBA|
Transportation to and from Hannibal is not included. Students who fly are responsible for their own air reservations. The nearest airport is Lamber-St. Louis International (STL), approximately 100 miles from Hannibal.
For students who prefer the train, Amtrak is available to and from the station in Quincy, IL, about 17 miles from Hannibal.
For more information on costs and travel, please contact Carol Cappodocia, Ashford's travel agent, at Carol.Cappadocia@ashford.edu.
TVL 312 Mark Twain: Writer & Observer of American Culture (3 credits)
An analysis of essential works of Mark Twain, the great humorist and observer of people and issues in his time, with emphasis on his biographic experiences, his literary techniques, and his predominant societal themes.
This course is taken online and lasts for five weeks. You can take this course as an elective or to fulfill your General Education requirements in English or History. The visit to Hannibal occurs on the second weekend of the course, replacing the normal Week 2 discussion board and written assignment.
Required Course Materials
For those seeking GE credit in Literature:
- Quirk, T., Ed. (2004). The Portable Mark Twain. New York: Penguin Classics. ISBN 9780142437759
- Twain, M. (1984). Pudd'nhead Wilson. New York: Bantam Classic Books. ISBN 0553211587
For those seeking GE credit in History:
- Schlereth, T. (1991). Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life, 1876-1915. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-016218-X
Travel Schedule: TBA