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Reading Series Continues With ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’
The classic Civil War-era novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” will be the topic of discussion during the The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion session at Oklahoma City University at 7 p.m. Sept. 28. The discussion is free to the public and will be in Walker Center room 151 on Florida Avenue near N.W. 26th Street. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe is considered by historical literary analysts to be one of the finest accounts of events leading up to the Civil War. In fact, President Abraham Lincoln is said to have told Stowe that her novel caused the Civil War. “In our time, this controversial best seller of slave Tom and Simon Legree too often is referred to by those who have not read it,” said Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Study through Film and Literature. “This novel reveals how the human spirit can be tested when freedom is so severely repressed.” Winn will lead the book discussion. The reading series is called “Rebirth of a Nation: Nationalism and the Civil War” and is focusing on the influence of the Civil War era. The five-book series is exploring the era through historical analyses, memoirs and the novel. “The Civil War could be considered the single most influential event in this country’s history,” Winn said. “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 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Oct. 26 with “Reconstruction: After the Civil War” by John Hope Franklin and Nov. 9 with “The Private Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries,” edited by C. Vann Woodward and Elizabeth Muhlenfeld.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 make half-hour presentations to open each session. Small group discussions 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 is west of the Walker Center. For more information call Winn at (405) 208-5472 or e-mail hwinn@okcu.edu. Information is also available at the website www.okcu.edu/film-lit/. 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.