Dr. Katherine Sohn – Women of Appalachia lecture and book signing

Women of Appalachia lecture and book signing
Katherine Sohn (http://www.kathysohn.com/)
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

Ohio University Eastern Campus, St. Clairsville, Ohio (http://www.eastern.ohiou.edu/)

Public invited to Women of Appalachia lecture and book signing
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 10, 2006) — Individuals interested in Appalachian culture, women’s issues, or who enjoy hearing success stories about others who have overcome obstacles to get an education are invited to attend a lecture, reception and book signing Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at Ohio University’s Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville.

Dr. Katherine Sohn (http://www.kathysohn.com/), associate professor of English at Pikeville College in Kentucky, will be the guest speaker. Sohn is the author of “Whistlin’ and Crowin’ Women of Appalachia: Literacy Practices Since College.” According to Sohn’s publisher, Southern Illinois University Press, “Even some enlightened academicians automatically – and incorrectly – connect illiteracy to Appalachia. . . . After overhearing two education professionals ridicule the southern accent of a waiter, Sohn wondered why rural, working-class white people are not considered part of the multicultural community. [This book] examines the power of women to rise above cultural constraints, complete their college degrees, assume positions of responsibility and, ultimately, come to voice.”

This is the first event in the 2006-07 lecture series sponsored by the Diversity Committee at Ohio University’s Eastern Campus.

More article here: http://www.ohio.edu/outlook/06-07/October/73n-067.cfm

Media Contact: Eastern Campus Director of Marketing and Public Relations Crystal Lorimor, (740) 699-2356 or lorimor@ohio.edu

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