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Reading Series Goes Far and Wide
The next Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will take participants on literary explorations. The series begins Jan. 12 with the theme “Journey Stories.” “Stories of journeys are found in the myths, religions, literature and history of every culture,” said Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. “Some journey stories explain the origin of a people as they emerge from the underground to live on the Earth. Physical journeys are often taken to facilitate a spiritual journey inward, as in the vision quests of many cultures, or to symbolize a transition in status. Underlying all of these stories is the concept of life as a journey.” The book discussion series begins with Homer’s “The Odyssey,” which is considered the grandfather of all journey stories in the Western literary tradition. Jennifer Kidney, director of literature programs for the Oklahoma Humanities Council, said there’s a logical reason to start the series with the classic. “‘The Odyssey’ is so much a part of our heritage that its title is now an English word indicating an arduous adventure-filled journey,” Kidney said. “All of the other books in this series describe odysseys of sorts.” The series will continue with different books on alternating Tuesdays through March 9. The sessions begin at 7 p.m. in OCU’s Walker Center room 151. During each session, a humanities scholar makes a presentation in the context of the book’s theme. Small group discussions follow before a brief wrap-up with all of the participants. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to pre-register and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Winn at (405) 208-5472, e-mailing him at hwinn@okcu.edu or visiting the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207. Books, services and other materials for the series are provided by Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma, a project of the Oklahoma Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.okcu.edu/film-lit/ for more information.