Joan Brook

Joan Brook is an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State. She holds two Master's degrees in education, one in teaching special needs students and the other in teaching biological sciences, from North Texas State University. She taught for over 10 years in public schools grades 6-8.  At Appalachian she has taught a multidisciplinary art technology course and courses in commercial photography.  She also runs a photography business documenting life-cycle events and personal photojournalism projects. Joan spent the summer of 2016 in central east Austin, TX photographing a small group of graffiti artists--middle age businessmen--who had taken upon themselves the task of refurbishing a mural they had done while in high school. The City of Austin had allowed this mural "Loteria," first painted in the 1980s, to be "whitewashed" for an ad for the upcoming SXSW music festival. These artists protested, and were allowed to refurbish their original work, thus giving voice to the encroaching gentrification taking over in their neighborhood. Through this blossomed a passion for and commitment to understanding both the history and politics of graffiti.

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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