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Publisher taping APSU human sexuality class for textbook supplement

Following a request from human sexuality teachers nationwide, a video of an APSU human sexuality class will become supplementary material for an upcoming textbook by Brooks Cole/Thomson Learning Publishers, Belmont, Calif.

Last spring, Professor of Social Work Glenn Carter, director of the Social Work Program, who teaches human sexuality at APSU, was asked to review a chapter of Brooks Cole/Thomsons new human sexuality textbook.
Following a request from human sexuality teachers nationwide, a video of an APSU human sexuality class will become supplementary material for an upcoming textbook by Brooks Cole/Thomson Learning Publishers, Belmont, Calif.

Last spring, Professor of Social Work Glenn Carter, director of the Social Work Program, who teaches human sexuality at APSU, was asked to review a chapter of Brooks Cole/Thomson's new human sexuality textbook.

Subsequently, Peggy Williams, senior development editor, asked him to participate in a conference call with eight other college-level teachers of human sexuality from across the country.

“Glenn took part in a focus group we had a few months back with several professors who teach this course,” Williams said. “He talked about the relationships he'd been able to establish over the years with people who could come in and talk to this students about sexuality issues and alternative lifestyles.

“Most professors want a resource like this, but do not have the relationships with enough people to make it happen, so we asked Glenn whether we could provide that resource via his class.”

According to Williams, Brooks Cole/Thomson will use the taped material as a supplement for “Healthy Sexuality,” the company's new textbook. The video content also will be streamed on the student Web site for the book, so both students and instructors can have access. Carter also has been asked to provide sample questions to accompany the video.

Brooks Cole/Thomson will begin distributing VHS tapes this fall as a companion to the textbook. It could move to DVD by Spring 2006. Williams said, “Students and educators all over the country will be able to take advantage of this very valuable resource, because of the generosity of Glenn and his students.”

The publisher secured a videographer to tape Carter's June 27, 28 and 29 classes and is paying the 14 guest speakers honoraria for their participation.

On Monday, June 27, the class guests were eight people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender. Two couples that engage in sadomasochism were featured in class on Tuesday, June 28. On Wednesday, June 29, APSU alumna Debbie Reunions, who has lived with AIDS for 10 years and has shared her story with Carter's classes three times a year for 10 years, is a guest speaker. Dr. Lisa McIntosh, a Clarksville obstetrician/gynecologist and sex therapist, will join in the discussion.
For more information, telephone Carter at (931) 221-7728 or e-mail carterg@apsu.edu.
—Dennie Burke