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Summer Femme Fatale: History's Deadliest Women

Miss Kennah, B.A. in Anthropology and Thanatology
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Unmask the captivating stories of history's deadly women as we delve into their motivations, actions, and the societal factors that shaped their controversial legacies, fostering critical thinking and empathy along the way.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
  • 1. Historical Understanding: Develop a comprehensive understanding of the historical context in which these deadly women lived, including the social, political, and cultural factors that influenced their actions. Analyze the impact of their choices on society and the enduring legacies they left behind. 2. Critical Thinking and Analysis: Foster critical thinking skills by evaluating different perspectives and interpretations of these deadly women. Encourage students to critically examine the motivations, societal constraints, and broader implications of their actions, allowing for nuanced discussions and analysis.
Miss Kennah brings a wealth of expertise and academic qualifications to the field of anthropology education. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Thanatology from the University of Rhode Island, and ongoing studies pursuing a master's degree in Anthropology at Harvard University, she possesses a strong foundation in the field. Additionally, Miss Kennah has gained valuable international experience during her time at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where she studied and immersed herself in the vibrant local culture. This diverse educational background allows her to bring a rich global perspective to the classroom, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity among students. With her passion for anthropology and dedication to providing engaging and comprehensive instruction, Miss Kennah is committed to creating a stimulating learning environment that nurtures curiosity and critical thinking skills in every student.
Please be advised that the class contains content that may be disturbing to some students. This class will explore the intriguing lives of historical women associated with deadly actions, including instances of torture, murder, and other violent themes. We will approach this subject with sensitivity, providing historical context and fostering thoughtful discussions that promote critical thinking and empathy. If your child has specific concerns or feels uncomfortable during the class, they are encouraged to reach out to the instructors for support. Thank you for your understanding.
1. Giulia Tofana:
   - "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York" by Deborah Blum.
   - "To feed the world with poisoned broth": Murder and female power in the case of Giulia Tofana" by Paola Lanaro. (Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 1, Spring 1999, pp. 66-103)
2. Mary Tudor (Bloody Mary):
   - "Mary Tudor: England's First Queen" by Anna Whitelock.
   - "Bloody Mary: The Life of Mary Tudor" by Carolly Erickson.
3. Empress Wu Zetian:
   - "Empress Wu the Great: Tang Dynasty China" by Lily Xiao Hong Lee.
   - "Empress Wu Zetian in Fiction and in History" by Wu Jing.
4. Delphine LaLaurie:
   - "Mad Madame Lalaurie: New Orleans' Most Famous Murderess Revealed" by Victoria Cosner Love and Lorelei Shannon.
   - "The Lalaurie Horror" by Carolyn Morrow Long.
5. Mary Ann Cotton:
   - "Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's First Female Serial Killer" by David Wilson.
   - "Mary Ann Cotton: Dark Angel" by Martin Connolly.
6. Belle Gunness:
   - "Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men" by Harold Schechter.
   - "The Boneyard: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men" by Carolyn D. Wall.
7. Raya and Sakina:
   - "The World's Greatest Serial Killers: Raya and Sakina" by R.J. Parker.
   - "Egypt's Sister A Serial Killer, a Virgin and Egypt's Great Pharaohs?" by Angela Joseph.
8. Leonarda Cianciulli:
   - "Serial Killer Leonarda Cianciulli: The Soap Maker of Correggio" by Jack Rosewood.
   - "The Monster of Correggio: Leonarda Cianciulli: A Short Biography" by J.D. Rockefeller.
9. Catherine de' Medici:
   - "Catherine de' Medici: Renaissance Queen of France" by Leonie Frieda.
   - "Catherine de Medici: The Power behind the French Throne" by Leonie Frieda.
10. Elizabeth Bathory:
    - "The Blood Countess: A Novel" by Andrei Codrescu.
    - "Infamous Lady: The True Story of Countess Erzsebet Bathory" by Kimberly L. Craft.
11. Griselda Blanco:
    - "The Black Widow: The Catherine Nevin Story" by Niamh O'Connor.
    - "Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw" by Mark Bowden.
12. Ilse Koch:
    - "The Buchenwald Report" by David A. Hackett.
    - "Ilse Koch: The Complete Story of The Most Evil Woman in The Third Reich" by R.J. Parker.
Joined May, 2023
Hello there! My name is Miss Kennah, and I am delighted to be here to inspire and nurture the imaginations of children. As an advocate of creativity and a firm believer in the power of imagination, I am dedicated to fostering a love for fantasy... 
Group Class


1x per week
50 min

Completed by 8 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
1-18 learners per class

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