capitalcc Press Releases

August 16, 2016

Hartford, CT –  For the second year, Capital Community College (CCC) is partnering with the Mark Twain House & Museum and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to offer English 220 Studies in American Literature: Twain and Stowe. The three-credit hybrid course (can also be taken as non-credit), a combination of in-person and online classes, will meet every other Wednesday from 2-4:42 pm, alternating weekly between classrooms at the Stowe and Twain houses, and online. The first class will be held on August 31 at the Stowe Center.


Students will read and discuss works by two of American literature’s most influential authors, and will have behind-the-scenes access of the houses, archives, exhibits, and materials unique to these neighboring National Historic Landmarks. Capital’s Humanities Chair,

Dr. Jeffrey Partridge, will teach the class again, and students will also learn from staff experts at the Stowe and Twain museums.

“This course went so well last fall that we are offering it again,” said Partridge, who also directs the Hartford Heritage Project, a National Endowment for the Humanities supported initiative to infuse CCC course curricula with local resources. “The students ranged in age from 19 to 79 and our conversations on Twain and Stowe were greatly enriched by the diversity of experience represented. Spending significant time at both museums heightened our discussions and appreciation of the literature we read.”

This year’s class will focus more on the Nook Farm neighborhood, and explore the ways in which the progressive nature of the community impacted the writings of Stowe and Twain, as well as other prominent and influential figures, such as Charles Dudley Warner and Isabella Beecher Hooker.

“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 and 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.”

“We are pleased to partner with Capital Community College and Mark Twain House & Museum again to share the stories of literary legends and next door neighbors Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain, revolutionaries who changed literature and who continue to shape the nation’s view of itself,” said Katherine Kane, Stowe Center Executive Director.

Partridge won’t take up precious time with long lectures. “My role is to orchestrate student interaction with the resources and staff experts on site and to facilitate Socratic discussion. The online portion of the course will allow us to go deep in the literature through discussion forums and blogs,” he said.

Asked about the significance of the course, Partridge states, “We always say the Hartford Heritage Project makes Hartford an extension of the CCC campus. This course takes that concept to the extreme. Hartford is our campus, literally.”

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Capital Community College, located in the center of Hartford in the renovated, historic G. Fox building, is a public, open-door, educational institution committed to the metropolitan community it serves. Its mission is to provide higher education and lifelong learning to people of diverse cultures, abilities and ages, and to serve the needs of the community, government agencies and business and industry. To learn more about the college, visit

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) published more than 30 books including her famous international bestseller, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. She lived the final 23 years of her life in the Victorian Gothic home on Forest Street in Hartford, where she was joined by fellow author Mark Twain.  The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, a museum, program center and research library, is located at 77 Forest Street in Hartford, CT.  The Stowe Center is open year round for tours and programs. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center uses Stowe’s story to inspire commitment to social justice and positive change. For more information, call (860) 522-9258 or visit

The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.  In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times. For more information, call

(860) 247-0998 or visit