Film Studies to Feature James Bond, Archaeology Field Methods Will Dig Up the Past

West Virginia University’s Potomac State College will offer two specialty classes this summer.  Film Studies will feature everyone’s favorite spy, James Bond, while Archaeology Field Methods will have students digging up the past. 

Film Studies begins with the first summer session on May 15 and runs through June 23.  The class will meet from 6 – 9:10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is being taught by Instructor Laura Shelton. 

James BondSeveral James Bond films (written by Ian Fleming) will be viewed and discussed in class along with Fleming’s early novel, Live and Let Die.  Other titles include (but not limited to), Goldfinger, GoldenEye, Casino Royale, and Spectre.

Participants will examine how the James Bond film series reflect the ideas and topics of their various eras; themes will include gender roles, sexuality, race, etc.  You’ll also investigate and discover why Bond still captivates audiences more than 50 years after the first film was released.  Guest speakers may also lecture on occasion. 

Students taking the course Archaeology Field Methods, which runs from June 26 through August 4, will meet Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ashby’s Fort in Ft. Ashby, W.Va., where they will actively participate in an archaeological dig.

This course will continue to build upon a dig that began at the Fort in 1998 and uncovered numerous objects relating to the era in which the Fort was active.

Commissioned by Colonel George Washington in 1755, Ashby’s Fort was constructed during the era of the French and Indian War and included a stockade with bastions, barracks and storehouses. 

Capt. John Ashby of the Virginia 2nd Company of Rangers was placed in charge of the Fort which encountered many skirmishes with Native Americans.  Today, one building is all that remains of the Fort.  However, many believe that there is still much to be discovered on the property surrounding the Fort. 

The instructor for the course is W. Stephen McBride, Ph.D., who grew up in Greenbrier County and currently serves as the director of interpretation andAshby's Fort archaeology at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park in Kentucky.  He is also co-manager of McBride Preservation Services, LLC and specializes in historical archaeology of the U.S., especially military sites of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Dr. McBride has authored or co-authored numerous articles for journals and booklets.  He has also edited various volumes and technical reports.

Having earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Beloit College in Wisconsin, Dr. McBride continued his studies at Michigan State University where he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in anthropology. 

He has taught at Georgetown College, Centre College, the University of Kentucky, Concord University, West Virginia State University, and West Virginia University.

For more details or to register, contact Enrollment Services at 304-788-6820 or at 800-262-7332.