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Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. A Series of Programs Sponsored by NEH and ALA Coming in Fall 2011. The Grant. Program Planning Development and Evaluation Class – SUMMER 2010 Class Requirement: Write a Grant Application! ALA and NEH Small Grants to Libraries Program.

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louisa may alcott the woman behind little women

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

A Series of Programs

Sponsored by NEH and ALA

Coming in Fall 2011

the grant
The Grant

Program Planning Development and Evaluation Class – SUMMER 2010

Class Requirement: Write a Grant Application!

ALA and NEH Small Grants to Libraries Program

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The Grant

Lousia May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

  • Book by Harriet Reisen
  • Documentary by Nancy Porter
the woman
The Woman
  • Author of Little Women
  • Civil War Nurse
  • Seamstress, Woman’s Companion, Laundress, Teacher, Governess
  • Professional Actress
  • Cougar
  • Influence of the Influential
  • Really?
the programming
The Programming

A Community Wide Event

  • Readers Theatre directed by Sharon Trautwein of Moscow Community Theatre
  • Children’s Games of the 19th Century
  • Artwork by Local Women Artists
  • Ice Cream from Pony Espresso
  • Music from the 19th Century
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The Programming

Reading and Scholar Led Discussion

  • Transcendental Wild Oats
  • Hospital Sketches
  • Behind a Mask, or a Woman’s Power
  • Work: A Story of Experience
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The Programming

Louisa May Alcott: Literary Phenomenon and Social Reformer

PANAL DISCUSSION

  • Gary Williams
  • Ian Chambers
  • Women’s Studies Expert
  • ???
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The Programming

Documentary Film Screening

AWARD WINNER

Best Video 2009 Booklist

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The Programming

Reading and Discussion of the Book!

  • Under the pen name and alter ego A. M. Barnard, Louisa wrote work that is a far cry from the sweet, domestic stories for which she was popularly known. Is it possible to write well about subjects or places one has never experienced, as when Louisa writes about prostitutes, murder, and sexual relationships? Did she in fact have dark knowledge to draw upon as inspiration?
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The Programming

Reading and Discussion of the Book!

Reisen portrays the relationship between Louisa and Bronson as the most complicated of her life, beginning with their shared birthdays. See Bronson’s birthday letters to the child Louisa (52, 79) — how does Reisen characterize Bronson? Does Louisa’s desire to remain unattached stem from her view of her parents’ marriage? Do Reisen’s speculations about Bronson’s likely mental illness affect your impression of him?

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The Programming

Reading and Discussion of the Book!

Money was Louisa’s greatest motivation for her relentless pace of writing, but fame was an inevitable consequence. Was she ever able to truly enjoy the fruits of her labors? Why did she either dismiss or hide from her fans – with the exception of the Lukens sisters (322)? Why did she wish all her letters to be burned after her death? And why do you think she was so especially careful not to disclose the nature of her relationship with Laddie?

the partners
The Partners
  • Moscow Public Library
  • Moscow Community Theatre
  • Latah County Historical Society
  • UI Women’s Center Reading Club
  • Pony Espresso and Ice Cream
  • Dr. Gary Williams
  • ALA and NEH
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The Woman
  • Wrote pulp fiction about scandalous things.
  • Smoked opium and hashish.
  • Lived on a commune with nudists.
  • Studied under Emerson and Thoreau
  • Thought they were both cute.
  • Really?
question
QUESTION?

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