From: General Student E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Tue Dec 14 2010 - 18:20:36 MST
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:20:36 -0700 (MST) From: General Student E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: "Literature and Journalism of the West" taught by Professor Jan Whitt
TO: Select CU Students
FROM: Center of the American West
SUBJECT: "Literature and Journalism of the West" taught by Professor Jan Whitt
Center of the American West invites you to take a class with an outstanding teacher this Spring:
Literature and Journalism of the West
Journalism Professor Jan Whitt
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
We ski, hike, jog on mountain trails, ride bicycles, take road trips, and gather in outdoor restaurants to celebrate the American West. But what do we know about the folklore, geography, history, and literature of the land we love and strive to protect?
"Literature and Journalism of the West" provides students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in a study of the region. The class reads works of literature by Rudolfo Anaya, Annie Proulx, Wallace Stegner, John Steinbeck, Terry Tempest Williams, and others. Students discuss controversial issues raised by literary journalists such as Sara Davidson and Joan Didion.
Relying upon scholarly work by Patricia Limerick (The Legacy of Conquest) and Jane Tompkins (West of Everything), students screen films such as No Country for Old Men, Silverado, 3:10 to Yuma, and Unforgiven in order to understand the myths and legends that drive the popular culture of the American West. The class also addresses the ways in which a novel such as A River Runs Through It or Brokeback Mountain becomes an award-winning film.
About the instructor: Professor Jan Whitt, a former newspaper reporter and editor, has been named an outstanding teacher by students and faculties at three universities. Recognition at CU includes 2001 and 2002 LEAD Alliance awards from CU Students of Color, the 1995 Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Teaching Award, a 1991-92 Outstanding Undergraduate Adviser Award and a 1989 SOAR Teacher Recognition Award. She is the author of books about modern novels of the American South, literary journalism, and women in journalism history.Her book "Settling the Borderland: Other Voices in Literary Journalism" (University Press of America, 2008) was named in "A Dozen Best: A Review of Literary Journalism Scholarship" by American Journalism. She holds a PhD degree in English from the University of Denver.
For more information, contact Roni at Center of the American West: 303-735-1399 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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