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Reading Series is an ‘Ordeal by Fire’
OKLAHOMA CITY — The next book of the Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma literature discussion series at Oklahoma City University will be “Ordeal By Fire, Volume II: The Civil War” by James McPherson at 7 p.m. Oct. 12. The discussion is free to the public and will be in Walker Center room 151 on Florida Avenue near N.W. 26th Street. “Ordeal By Fire” offers a dramatic narrative of the Civil War with photographs, maps and individual first-person accounts. The book provides military and civilian perspectives from people from the North and South sides of the conflict. Lloyd Musselman, professor emeritus in history at OCU, will lead the 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,” 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, Oklahoma series are Oct. 26 with “Reconstruction: After the Civil War” by John Hope Franklin and Nov. 9 with “The Private Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries,” edited by C. Vann Woodward and Elizabeth Muhlenfeld.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 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.