Dr Nelda Pearson
Required Reading for the Course:
The Tall Woman Wilma Dykeman
Exam I Topic:Economic History
The impact of external development on mountain economy; issues of class
Exam II Topic: Women's Lives
Roles women have played in mountain society ; stereotypes and realities
Final Topic: Women and Community Development
The central role women have played in empowering themselves and others and transsforming their communities
Inclass presentations of reading (TBA) 100 pts
Two weekend community development work 200 pts
projects with Maxine Waller in Ivanhoe
journal and reflection paper (see below)
Total 600 points
The class is run on a point system. If the class needs to have a curve made for it the curve will be made after all points are earned. If you wish to guarantee a grade please consult the following chart. If a curve is necessary it can only help you.
There is no attendance policy for the class. Data shows that attendance has a strong positive correlation with a higher grade. Secondly, the readings for the class should be done well in advance of the exam. Trying to read the material the night before the exam simply does not work. My advice is to come to class and keep up with your reading.
Community Development Project
Maxine Waller is the founder of both the Ivanhoe Civic League and Volunteers for Communities. She is also one of the co-author's of It comes from the People. We are going to spend two weekends with her talking about her work, talking about her views on the book, and quilting a quilt to be raffled as a fund raiser at Jubilee, Ivanhoes Fourth of July celebration and hoemcoming. The quilt top was pieced by the 1991 and 1993 Appalachian Women's classes here at Radford University. This project has been an ongoing project linking women in the class together much like women in Appalachia are linked to each other, their community, and the land . Before we go we will be discussing her book. Each of you will have a chapter to present in class and this chapter will be the basis for your reflection paper on your experiences in Ivanhoe.
To help you with your reflection paper you should journal on your experiences while you are in Ivanhoe. Please turn in your journal with your reflection paper.
Maxine has asked that we each bring the following:
1) a dessert
Maxine is inviting a variety of community women and others involved in the Ivanhoe Civic League. You will have an oppportinity to meet and talk with mountain women who range in age from children to great grandmas. This looks to be an exciting project and I know we will all learn a lot from it as well as provoding Ivanhoe with the quilt for their fund raiser.
THIS LOOKS TO BE AN EXCITING SEMESTER. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU AND DOING SOME REALLY GOOD WORK.