Summer courses open at LMC

Article Published: Jun. 3, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Are you seeking a unique way to experience the wonders of Appalachia this summer?

Take a look at Lees-McRae College, where the Stephenson Center for Appalachia offers a series of four courses that explore ecology, photography and writing, Appalachian women, and documentary production.

"Beginning May 24 and running through mid-August, you can study with Lees-McRae professors for college credit or for enrichment," a spokesperson for the college said. "Four courses offered sequentially will provide an in-depth look at the diverse wonders of the region."

Combining education about various aspects of local culture with developing photography and writing skills, Dr. Michael Joslin will offer his "Integrating Photography with Writing in Appalachian Features from" June 7 to June 11 for three hours credit.

Author of five books on Appalachia, as well as hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, Joslin will take students to natural heritage areas, historical sites and craft studios to provide students opportunities to practice integrating feature writing and photography.

The course will require some moderately strenuous hiking, reading before the course meets, and a final project to be completed after the course meets.

Kathy Olson will present her class on "Appalachian Women" from June 14 to July 2. The class meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday for three hours credit.

Olson received her master's degree in English from East Tennessee State University and has edited books on Appalachian authors, as well as a number of essays on issues facing Appalachia.
Women in Appalachia have drawn from traditional cultural values and generated innovative ideas in their roles within the home, the community and the world. Taking a multimedia approach, students will actively explore women's roles as artists, activists and purveyors of cultural traditions.

Literature, music and film serve as the foundation for providing students with a range of interpretations of women's historical and socio-economic impact on the Appalachian region.

Jesse Knight will focus on documentary video production in his class from June 14-Aug. 12. Students will meet with him each Monday and Wednesday from noon to 2:50 p.m. for three hours credit.

Knight received his MFA in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has taught media arts at the Art Institute of Las Vegas and now teaches communication arts and art and design majors at Lees-McRae. He has been making fictional films and documentaries since 1995.

For more information, contact the Academic Affairs Office at Lees-McRae College at (828) 898-8856. Participants can register up to the starting date for each course.

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