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July 21, 2011

Mark Twain Impersonator to Perform at SIU Medical History Lecture

Mark Twain scholar and impersonator Warren Brown will present “The History of Science, As Told By Mark Twain” at the 16th annual Emmet F. Pearson Memorial Medical History Lecture at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  The free, public presentation will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 11, in SIU’s South Auditorium (second floor), 801 N. Rutledge St. in Springfield.

Brown has delivered more than 1,000 presentations as Twain, promoting an appreciation for humanity, education and literacy.  He received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award in 2000 for his portrayal of Samuel Clemens.

The event is jointly sponsored by the SIU Department of Medical Humanities and the Friends of the Pearson Museum and is supported by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council as part of its Road Scholars program. 

Dr. Emmet F. Pearson, who is memorialized by the lecture, was a Springfield physician who also was a professor emeritus in the internal medicine and medical humanities departments at SIU.  He died in June 1996.  SIU’s medical museum is named in his honor.

For more information, call SIU’s medical humanities department, 545-4261 weekdays.