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Applications accepted for summer program on African American women in literature

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Applications are now being accepted from area teachers for a Southeastern Louisiana University-sponsored advanced studies institute on African American women in literature.

     Sponsored by the Southeastern Department of English with support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the institute is scheduled on the Hammond campus from June 9 to July 3. The institute is entitled “Searching for Our Mothers Gardens: African American Women in Literature,” a theme extracted from an essay written by Alice Walker, one of nation’s leading African American writers and author of “The Color Purple.”

     “We are accepting applications from area teachers, librarians, administrators and other educators from grades 6-12 in public, private and parochial schools in the state,” said Ruth Caillouet, assistant professor of English and institute coordinator. Forms and additional information on the process can be obtained by contacting Caillouet at 985-549-2100.

     The program is limited to 20 teachers who will be entitled to earn three hours of credit in English 621 from Southeastern and 45 continuous learning units. In addition, participants will receive full tuition waivers and a $750 stipend upon completion of the course.

     The class will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Thursdays. In addition to Caillouet, other instructors include Nghana Lewis, assistant professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University; Barbara Holland, master teacher and curriculum specialist; John Lowe, professor of English at LSU and a widely recognized scholar in African American studies; and other lecturers from Southeastern.

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