March 19, 2009World traveler and college professor Susan Holm to present "Stories of Turkish Women: The Strength of Tent Poles" in a free March 25th presentation at WVU Parkersburg.
CONTACT: Martha McGovern, associate professor of reading, 304-424-8000.
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On Wednesday (March 25), world traveler and college professor Susan Holm will present “Stories of Turkish Women: The Strength of Tent Poles” in a free presentation at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
The 7:30 p.m. program is open to the public. It will be held in the WVU at Parkersburg Theatre, Room 1305. The presentation is part of the college's Humanities Speakers Series and in recognition of Women’s History Month.
In the 1960s, Dr. Holm served in the Peace Corps in Erzurum, Turkey. In 2007, funded by a Mellon Grant, Dr. Holm returned to Turkey to visit friends and colleagues and to ask the question, “How has life changed for Turkish women over the last forty years?” Her talk will be a report of the answers she received. She will also reflect upon the insights into the Turkish culture and our own culture that can be gained from those recent conversations and her experiences over the years.
Copies of collected essays, "Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey" are available in the college's bookstore and on reserve in the WVU Parkersburg library. The collection contains an essay by Dr. Holm that relates to her time in the Peace Corps.
A native of Kent, Ohio, Dr. Holm graduated with a double English and Spanish major from the College of Wooster. She received intensive Turkish and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training at the University of Texas in Austin. She earned both a master's and doctorate in Spanish with a minor in Portuguese from the University of Kansas and is currently a professor of Spanish at Monmouth College in Illinois.
Additional information is available by contacting Martha McGovern, WVU Parkersburg associate professor of reading, 304-424-8000.