Women of the West by Terry Aichele BMCC Women of the West

May 15-16, 2001
Blue Mountain Community College
Pendleton, Oregon

Photo of novelist Molly Gloss

Writing workshop with Novelist Molly Gloss
The Land Beneath Her Feet: Writing about Landscape and Character

Of all the elements of fiction, setting often receives the least attention. In this workshop we will explore the ways in which setting is inextricably linked to character and plot; and we'll work to discover, essential details of place that make the fictional world whole and convincing.

Tuesday, May 15, 2:00-4:00PM
Science and Technology Room 206

Reading by Novelist Molly Gloss

Tuesday, May 15, 7:30PM
Science and Technology Room 200

Molly Gloss lives and teaches in Portland, and is the author of The Dazzle of Day, and The Jump Off Creek, set in the Blue Mountains, and her latest novel Wild Life. Her novels have won the PEN Center USA West Fiction Prize, the Oregon Book Award, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.

Links to Websites featuring Molly Gloss

Washington Post review of Wild Life | The SF Site review of The Dazzle of Day | Oregon Live BookSpy interview with Molly Gloss | Powell's Books interview with Molly Gloss | Publisher's Weekly interview with Molly Gloss | Molly Gloss's 12 Essential Northwest Books

Presentation by Theresa Pihl, BMCC Historian
A Meeting Place: Women of the West

Tuesday, May 15, 11:00AM-12:00Noon
Science and Technology 200

This presentation explores the mythological dimensions of women's existence in the American West, the diversity of their experiences and the factors that shaped their lives. Keeping in mind the West as a "meeting place" of diverse cultures, Native, African, European, Hispanic and Asian women's experiences are compared.

Lecture by Rosemary Powers, Sociologist at Eastern Oregon University
Pioneers and Immigrants:Women, Knowledge and Higher Education

Wednesday, May 16, 10:00AM-12:00Noon
Pioneer Theater

During the twentieth century, the percentage of women on U.S. college campuses grew from less than 30% to more than 50%. How has women's increasing participation affected the way colleges organize and reward knowledge, how teachers teach and who does the teaching? Have women tended to adopt the assumptions and practices of a system organized and dominiated historically by men in order to succeed in the "new frontier" of the academic world?

Interesting Web Sites

Library of Congress American Memory History of the American West
Denver Public Library Photography Collection

Sponsored by the BMCC English, Fine Arts, and Social Science Departments. For additional information call 541-278-5944. To find out about attending these presentations for credit call 541-278-5961.

All events are free and open to the public

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Posted May 5, 2001
Copyright © 2001 by Terry L Aichele
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