Author to speak at Women's History Month program March 24

“Is She Conventional or Is She Controversial?,” is the topic when Catherine Gourley, well-known author and national director for Letters About Literature, speaks in celebration of Women’s History Month at noon on Thursday, March 24, in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, Penn State York. This Women’s History Month program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee and the Student Activity Fee Committee.

Gourley’s books cover topics including media literacy and popular culture, women's history, child labor, and the American Civil War. Her nonfiction books are considered social histories that tell the story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. In 2008, the Children’s Book Council named all five titles in Gourley’s popular women’s history series, “Images and Issues of Women in the Twentieth Century,” to its list of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Booklist also recognized the series by naming all five titles to its Top 10 list of Nonfiction Book for Youth.

At present, Gourley is the national director for Letters About Literature, a reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In addition, she is the curriculum writer for The Story of Movies, an educational outreach program on film study and visual literacy developed by The Film Foundation, Los Angeles, Ca., under the auspices of director Martin Scorsese. 

Gourley has presented both national and international programs on her books as well as her consulting work for both the Library of Congress and The Film Foundation. Home Box Office (HBO) recently featured Gourley in “Faces of Feminism,” a documentary film that accompanies their hit series “Boardwalk Empire.”

Her latest book is “The Horrors of Andersonville: Life and Death in a Civil War Prison.” It explores the human suffering and media sensationalism surrounding one of the Civil War's most tragic chapters.

Catherine Gourley lives in Woodbridge, Va.,with her husband, Dennis.

The campus’ Women’s History Month celebration continues on Tuesday, March 29 when Mayor C. Kim Bracey, the first African-American mayor of the City of York, will visit Penn State York.  Mayor Bracey will have lunch with members of the campus community beginning at 11:30 a.m. and then speak about the City of York and Women’s History Month beginning about noon. This portion of the program is open to the public. Bracey’s visit is sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee.



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Last Updated March 21, 2011