Honors College Professor Ellen Handler Spitz recently traveled to Sewanee, Tennessee to participate in the Program on Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia. The program is co-sponsored by the University of the South, Scholastic Books, and the Yale Child Study Center.
In addition to presenting a public lecture at the University of the South library on Appalachian-based children’s books, Spitz taught several classes jointly sponsored by the psychology and arts departments and read aloud to children at three elementary schools and two day care programs sponsored by the program and the university.
The trip took place April 14-18, and it was Spitz’s third time participating in the program. A major goal of the program is to research the surrounding community, a former coal-mining region facing challenges, with the goal of making a difference in the quality of life for its inhabitants. For more information on Spitz’s participation in the program, click below.