Instructor to relate Southern experience with 'Help'

A Laramie County Community College instructor who grew up in the South will kick off Women's History Month at the college on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Rosalind Schliske, LCCC instructor of mass media, will speak on "Growing up Southern: Reflections on 'The Help,'" referring to the best-selling book and Oscar-nominated movie about maids in Mississippi during the 1960s.

The presentation will be from 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. in the instruction room of the Ludden Library. Refreshments will be served.

Historical importance of 'The Help'

Schliske said her presentation will take a look at the historical importance of locations mentioned in "The Help" and how segregation and institutions such as the Junior League, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), beauty pageants, country clubs and bridge parties influenced everyday life.

In addition, Schliske, who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, will highlight life for women in the South from clothes to hair and fried chicken to deviled eggs.

"You'll laugh. You'll cry," Schliske said. "The South in the 1950s and 1960s was a place unlike any other in the United States, and I had a front-row seat."

Throughout February and March, events have been planned to show the creativity and strength of women.

Quilt exhibition shows creativity

A quilt exhibition will begin March 1 in the Ludden Library. "Some of the artwork done in these quilts just shows the creativity," said Nicole Bryant, English instructor and Women's History Month coordinator, "and we have a lot of women coming to display their work."

Bryant will give the campus the entire month of March to read the book "The Help," with a showing of the film at noon Wednesday, March 28, in the student lounge.

On Tuesday, March 6, Ron Medina, LCCC art instructor, will discuss the biographies and works of several socially engaged women artists from the past three centuries. The presentation will be at noon in the Ludden Library.

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Growing up Southern: Reflections on 'The Help'


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History of women in the American West event


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