FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Richard Chapin


Rabbi Richard Chapin serves as the Rabbi of Congregation House of Israel in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He has taught extensively in the area of Yiddish and American-Jewish literature. In addition, he has specialized in the field of Late Antiquity, with a focus on the New Testament. He enjoys reading the classics in Greek and Latin with his son, Joshua, and is a devotee of 19th and 20th century American fiction. He is the author of “The Biblical Personality.”

Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

It was a book for boys. It became, along with Moby Dick, one of the greatest masterpieces written in 19th century American literature. The story relates the humorous and harrowing adventures of two unlikely partners, the runaway slave, Jim, and the erstwhile fugitive, Huck. Together, in harmony, they share a raft coursing down the Mississippi, sheltered from the American racial divide that awaited them on shore. Through their trials, the reader grasps the principal issues that once plagued and continue to unsettle the values and mores of American society.

Reading: Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Norton Critical Editions, Paperback)

Four Lectures
  1. Mark Twain: The Man and the Author (HF, Chapters 1-12)
  2. Post-Civil War America (HF, Chapters 13-21)
  3. Huck and Jim: Deeper Questions (HF, Chapters 22-31)
  4. Fiction as Subterfuge (HF, Chapters 32-Conclusion)
Course # S4M3 — Four Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Mondays — April 21, 28; May 5, 12
  Time:12:00–1:30 p.m.
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member