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LA-50057-11

Western Kentucky University Research Foundation (Bowling Green, KY 42101-1016)
Tracy Harkins (Project Director: August 2010 to May 2011)
Kristie Lowry (Project Director: May 2011 to present)

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women - Library Outreach Programs

To support public humanities programs in libraries that explore Louisa May Alcott's untraditional life, her varied body of published work, and her place in American culture.

Western Kentucky University proposes to host a series of events which will take place in September 2011, including: 1. Louisa May Alcott: Through Her Eyes: Lead scholar Dorothea Browder will organize and facilitate a panel discussion on the role of women during the Civil War era, with special emphasis on the beginning of professional nursing. 2. Louisa May Alcott Wrote That? Scholar Sandra Hughes will discuss 19th-century gothic novels, including Louisa May Alcott's little-known thrillers. 3. Louisa May Alcott: Literary Phenomenon and Social Reformer: Scholar Dorothea Browder will discuss the role of women in 19th-century America, including how Alcott?s work influenced women's rights and responsibilities beyond the family. 4. Film screening of the documentary Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women: The film screening will be introduced by project scholar Walker Rutledge. 5. Reading and discussion of the biography Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Small Grants to Libraries: Louisa May Alcott

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 12/31/2011