Mav 8, 2002

Southwest Missouri State Professor Rachel Gholson Selected for NEH Institute

Rachel Gholson. assistant professor of English at Southwest Missouri State, has been accepted to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute entitled "An Appalachian Exemplar," to be held on the Ferrum College campus in Ferrum, VA, June 3?28, 2002.

As a folklorist, Gholson states that her "academic background and interests focus on either traditional aspects of regional culture or the portrayal of traditional culture in literature." Therefore her main motivation for participating in the NEH Institute is to explore further the similarities between the Ozarks, Newfoundland, and Appalachia. Gholson states that, "Investigation of these perceived similarities offer a personal reason in broadening purely academic knowledge of the Appalachian region. Additionally the institute's regional studies format offers a unique opportunity to view traditional cultures through a new scholastic approach, regional studies."

Planning to incorporate what she learns at the Institute into completing a three-week course that will focus on folk life of  Appalachia, Gholson hopes to integrate this newfound knowledge into her American Folklore class. She also hopes to achieve an "active understanding of the regional study program that Ferrum College has created."

 Gholson received her B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her M.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and is currently pursuing her doctorate at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Gholson also has three publications in progress, one in conjuncture with Chris Anne Stumpf entitled Folklore, Literature and Second Language Acquisition: Teaching Cultural Understanding. She is also a member of the American Folklore Society and a committee member of the Springfield Archives Committee.

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