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Stuntz to Lead ELS Class on Vampires

March 13, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Stuntz to Lead ELS Class on Vampires

CANYON, Texas—The blood-thirsty world of vampires will be the focus of a West Texas A&M University Eternal Learning Series (ELS) course on “Vampires Through Time: How Vampire Novels Reveal Societies’ Fears” beginning April 2 at the Amarillo Center.

ELS is offered through WTAMU’s Office of Continuing Education for adult learners interested in challenging, innovative topics with stimulating and spirited discussions. The class will meet Tuesdays from 10:30-11:45 a.m. April 2, April 9, April 16 and April 23 in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. No homework or grades will be given. The deadline to register for the course is 5 p.m.  Monday, April 1.

Dr. Jean Stuntz, professor of history, will lead the class. She will introduce various novels, movies and televisionDr. Jean Stuntz shows about vampires to explore and understand what particular societies in a given time and place fear most about these blood-sucking creatures and why. Class participants will learn how to analyze audiences and communities by their reactions to images of the vampire.

Stuntz, who joined the WTAMU faculty in 2001, is a teacher whose passion for history and research has produced several award-winning books, articles and chapters. Her 2005 book Hers, His and Theirs: Community Property Law in Spain and Early Texas won the La Presidio Bahia and TOMFRA awards. She also is the author of a chapter on Minta Holmsley in the book Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, which won the Liz Carpenter Award in 2006. Her writing credits also include her latest book, a creative non-fiction piece titled The Alamo and Zombies.

In addition to her writing and research, Stuntz teaches courses in Texas history, U.S. women’s history, world history and Spanish Southwest at West Texas A&M University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and a juris doctor degree from Baylor Law School.

The cost for the course is $50. For more information about registration or other course offerings, call the WTAMU Office of Continuing Education at 806-651-2037 or visit wtamu.edu/academics/continuing-education.aspx.


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