Community Invited to Enroll in Florida Tech Spring Textiles Course

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech will introduce a new visiting professor and offer a new spring course, “Native North American Textiles,” in spring 2007. The
course is open to the community for a reduced fee of $300 for audit credit only.
“Native North American Textiles,” presented through the university’s new Textile Art and Industry program, will be taught by Christel Baldia, Ph.D., the
premier Ruth Funk Visiting Professor in Textiles.
The course will cover the materials used to assemble textiles before the Europeans arrived in North America. Content includes yarn and textiles structure,
and the use of dyes and pigments.
Baldia holds graduate degrees in textiles sciences from Ohio State University and undergraduate degrees in anthropology and archaeology. She blends the
hard and social sciences with art and history in her interdisciplinary approach and shares her research specialty, the use of colorants in Native American
prehistoric textiles.
The course begins Jan. 8. It meets Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in the Crawford Building, Room S112. For more information, call (321)

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