Taos Summer Culture and Writing courses announced

By: Bill Whaley
12 May, 2018

Taos Institute of Studies and Taos Historic Museums (THM) Announce: Summer Culture Class II and Writing Workshop. Museum Members receive Ten Percent off. Ten Percent of tuition fees benefits Taos Historic Museums.

 

Culture Class II. The Taos Native American Focus

 

Length: 8 Weeks June. 12—July 31, 2018

Day: Tuesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Place: Blumenschein Museum, 222 Ledoux St.

 

Culture Class II will focus on the identity of the people and place of Taos Pueblo. Lectures and discussion will consider three important works:

  1. David Stuart: Anasazi America (UNM Press), 2 Weeks. (Anthropology) (Books are plentiful and inexpensive.)
  2. Frank Waters: The Man Who Killed the Deer (Swallow Press/Ohio University Press): 2 Weeks (Fiction). (Plentiful and inexpensive.)
  3. Severin Fowles: An Archaeology of the Doings, Secularism and the Study of Pueblo Religion (SAR): 4 weeks (Archaeology. Limited and Expensive book. Jump on it and/or share costs and reading with colleagues.)

Prerequisite: Attendees should have read: R. C. Gordon-McCutchan’s Taos Indians and the Battle for Blue Lake (UNM Press). The Battle for Blue Lake narrates how a penniless indigenous Tribe from Taos set Washington D.C. on fire and changed the course of Native American rights. The Taos Pueblo legacy still smolders in the resistance seen at Standing Rock. A student from Taos Pueblo said in a prior course, after reading McCutchan’s book, “I’ve never been so proud of my people.” Nixon never seemed more human.

The selected literary works are chosen for their insights, research, impact, and pertinence to Taos. If not available at local bookstores, books can be purchased at modest prices on Amazon. Mr. Whaley has taught a number of courses on Taos Culture for UNM’s Bachelor and Graduate Extended University, including courses on local culture, based on the literature and first-hand observation and reports. Mr. Whaley will invite residents of Taos Pueblo to participate.

Information: bwhaley@newmex.com

(575) 776-4115

Discussion Leader, Bill Whaley

Cost: $75.00. (10% off for THM members and 10% of fees goes to THM). Class will be limited to 14 on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve space by emailing to indicate interest and confirm by sending a check for $75.00 to Bill Whaley at 125 De Teves, Unit B, Taos, NM 87571.

Writing Workshop: Essayism

Instructor: Bill Whaley: 8 Consecutive weeks.

Dates: Thursdays, June 14-Aug. 2/2018

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Place: Blumenschein Museum, 222 Ledoux St.

Cost: $100.00, includes books.

Information: bwhaley@newmex.com

(575) 776-4115

 For the last twenty years instructor Bill Whaley has taught a writer’s “revision” course, focused on the practice at universities and in private classes. Whether you approach writing as a craft or an art, as drudgery or spiritual and therapeutic exercise, reading writing and thinking all benefit from the clarification of “rewriting.”  Beginners, Intermediate, and advanced writers are welcome. We all benefit from exploring the fundamentals discussed and responses to work in a workshop setting.

Fees include books and editorial response via hard copy and email. The instructor will furnish and review Joseph Williams’ Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace and Joseph Lopate’sThe Art of the Personal Essay.

Class size will be limited to the first ten who indicate interest by emailing and confirm by sending a check for $100 to Bill Whaley at 125 De Teves, Unit B, Taos, NM 87571. (10% off for THM members and 10% of fees goes to THM).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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