Leader: Barbara Yorks

Description: The course will explore the lives of America's First Ladies. These ladies are a diverse group, varying in age, social background, wealth, education, religion, avocations, ideology and belief, and attitude toward their position. The course will look at the historical context of each First Lady to help explain her attitudes and roles. The frustrations and challenges, as well as the satisfactions and benefits of serving as the First Lady will be discussed. How each woman defined her role, whether as a subordinate or co-equal to her husband, home maker and hostess, or policy-maker and champion of political and social causes, will be explored. The dynamics between each lady and her husband and between her and the American public will be described.

The First Ladies will be presented in chronological order, with an emphasis on how they responded in similar or different ways to their historical contexts. Each week three or four of the First Ladies' stories will be shared. Some of the First Ladies who will be covered include: Lucy Hayes, Mamie Eisenhower, Bess Truman, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, and Nancy Reagan. The class format will be a mix of lecture and ample discussion. Some videos will be shown.

Biography: Barbara Hart Yorks graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in English. She received a M.Div. from Methodist Theological School and a D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary. Barbara has pastored churches in various congregations in the United Methodist Church in Central Pennsylvania. She has served as Campus Minister at Ohio State, Newark Branch, and Associate Pastor in New Cumberland. Barbara has taught Lay Speaking Classes for her denomination, led retreats on Spiritual Gifts and Sabbath, and spoken at professional women's groups.

Materials for course:  Some readings will be handed out in class.  

Number of participants:       

Minimum 5
Maximum 16

Location: East Buffalo Township Bldg, Community Hall  

Meeting time:  Fridays, February 28 through April 4, 2014, 1 - 2:30 p.m.



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