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OCU Reading Series Gets ‘Rebirthed’
OKLAHOMA CITY — A reading series at Oklahoma City University this fall will focus on the influence of the Civil War era. The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series called “Rebirth of a Nation: Nationalism and the Civil War” begins Sept. 14 with “Two Roads to Sumter,” a comparative biography about Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis written by William and Bruce Catton. All discussion sessions are free to the public. The book discussions begin at 7 p.m. in Walker Center room 151. The five-book series will explore the Civil War era through historical analyses, memoirs and a novel that is considered the major defining work of that time. “The Civil War could be considered the single most influential event in this country’s history,” said Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Study through Film and Literature. “So many different aspects of our country were shaped by this conflict. With this series we will take a closer look at many of these aspects to learn more about ourselves as a nation.” Other dates and works in the Lets Talk About It series are Sept 29 with “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Oct. 12 with “Ordeal By Fire, Volume II: The Civil War” by James McPherson, Oct. 26 with “Reconstruction: After the Civil War” by John Hope Franklin and Nov. 9 with “The Private Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries,” edited by C. Vann Woodward and Elizabeth Muhlenfeld. Humanities scholars will make half-hour presentations to open each session. Small group discussions will follow before the groups reunite for closing remarks. Participants are encouraged to pre-register and read the selected literature before its discussion session. They may borrow the reading selections and pick up a theme brochure at the OCU Dulaney-Brown Library room 211 or 207. The library and Walker Center are located on Florida Avenue between N.W. 24th and 26th streets. For more information call Winn at (405) 208-5472 or e-mail Information is also available at the website Books, services, and other materials for this 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. Funding for this series was provided by a grant from the Inasmuch Foundation.