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Dr. Mary Ann Wilson will teach an institute this summer at UL Lafayette called “The Women’s War: Revisioning the Civil War.” The program is funded with grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities - the local affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities - and the state of Louisiana.

The course dates are June 13 - July 8 from 9 a.m. to noon daily. Public or private middle school or high school teachers of English, Language Arts, Social Studies, or History are eligible, as well as librarians or administrators.

A group of 20-25 teachers will be chosen from the pool of applicants. Teachers who complete the course can earn 45 continuous learning units certified by the LEH, and they may also earn three hours of graduate credit, if desired. Teachers will receive a $500 stipend.

In addition, a Master Teacher/Curriculum Supervisor, chosen from the pool of applicants, will receive a $1,000 stipend.

The course will study texts from three historical periods - the Civil War period, the two decades after Reconstruction, and the twentieth century - to examine the role of Northern and Southern women, black and white, in the Civil War effort.

Texts to be read will be: Louisa May Alcott, “Hospital Sketches;” Mary Chesnut “The Private Mary Chesnut;” Harriet Jacobs, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl;” Kate Chopen, stories from “Bayou Folk;” Grace king, “Monsieur Motte;” Ernest Gaines, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman;” and Kaye Gibbons, “On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon.”

Contact Mary Ann Wilson for more information and a brochure and application at (337) 482-6916 or by email at pasta@louisiana.edu.

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