Literature Students Get Rare Opportunity

Friday, May 24, 2013

Alumni Hero
 A group of Lee University students will have a rare and historic task to perform while on a study trip to New England this summer. Teaming up with students and faculty from the University of New Hampshire (UNH), the Lee group will work to recover a forgotten Native American author, Nancy Jeddore.

Jeddore, a member of the Mi'kmaq nation, told 17 stories in 1870-1871, which were translated and collected in a book by a missionary who lived among the Mi'kmaq for 40 years.

Jeddore's work is to be included in an online anthology called “Writing of Indigenous New England,” compiled by a UNH professor named Siobhan Senier. The Lee students will “curate” – introduce and copy-edit – the Jeddore stories to prepare them for inclusion in the anthology, helping to present these forgotten stories to the public.

The project has been arranged by Dr. Will Woolfitt, assistant professor of creative writing at Lee, as a part of the trip he will lead with Lee Professor of English Dr. Donna Summerlin.

"Since relatively few writings by Native American women of the 19th century have been preserved or published, I believe that this project will significantly expand our knowledge about Native American literature and literary history," Woolfitt notes.

The New England Literature Studies trip is one of over 20 regular study abroad experiences available for Lee students during the summer. This particular trip is designed for students who are majoring in English or Writing.

More information on Lee’s study trips can be found at The online anthology Writing of Indigenous New England is found at