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Intercultural Book Study with Sibi Aydelott

  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States (map)

Dates: 4 Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27

Time: 10:30 am- noon

Tuition: $50/4 sessions

Register by: May 30

Enrollment:  8 min./12 max. (CLASS FULL - taking names for wait list.)

Location: UPC

Books in this summer course bring to life the indomitable spirit that epitomizes women who faced down racial and gender discrimination in their time. The books we will read and discuss are:  The Whip by Karen Kondazian, inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte ‘Charley’ Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly is based on the life of a real World War II heroine, Caroline Ferriday. This book portrays the lives of three women with very different life experiences. Ms. Ferriday is a New York socialite whose life intersects with Kasia Kuzmerick, a young Polish girl working with the underground resistance movement in Poland; and Herta Oberheuser, a young German doctor, is trying to make a name for herself in a man’s world. Their lives collide when Hitler invades Poland in 1939 and are changed forever when Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp for women. The third book, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, is the phenomenal true story of three black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations contributed to some of America’s greatest achievements in space. The last session will be devoted to the movie Hidden Figures, based on the book of the same name.

Sibi Aydelott holds a doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has taught in the United States, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, and Qatar. She has also worked as a Curriculum Consultant. She moved to San Antonio in 2010.