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New Global Studies Course Connects Warren Wilson Students and Surrounding Community

by Maddy Dillon, staff writer

A new global studies course will be offered next spring that will explore community throughout the Swannanoa Valley. Anne Chesky, the director of the Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain, will teach GBL 295: Community Connections in the Swannanoa Valley. Chesky, who grew up in the Riceville area, has been at the museum for one year after earning her Masters in Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina.

“This is going to be a very experiential-based class … a lot of interviews, tours, and field trips,” Chesky said.

The class is intended to connect Warren Wilson students and the residents of communities that surround them. Students will collect oral histories, write essays, and ultimately compile a book that describes the surrounding Swannanoa Valley community and the issues that its residents face.

“This will be a good opportunity for students to get to know people in the area,” Chesky added.

Visit their website for more information about the Swannanoa Valley Museum

Chesky hopes to focus the course on the history of the Asheville Watershed, since little has been done to collect information on the families of the area. Chesky wants students to document remaining structures and interview people from the area.

However, since access to the Watershed is limited, the course may have to focus on the surrounding area instead.

The course will meet Tuesday, Thursday, and second Fridays from 1 to 2:20 p.m.


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