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Book Discussion Series Takes Flight

The “Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma” book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will conclude its winter 2012 season with “Flight from Innocence: A Memoir, 1927-1947” by Judson Jerome at 7 p.m. March 6. The series is 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.

The discussion is free to the public and will be held in Walker Center room 151 at N.W. 26th Street and Florida Avenue.

In “Flight from Innocence,” a memoir told through poetic flashback vignettes, Jerome delivers in lively fashion a frank account of how he grows into a man who lives and enjoys life, a person who can achieve independence and individuality. From his provincial background, Jerome gives the reader an account of his life from his crib to first haircut, from days at the University of Oklahoma to life as a cowboy, from questioning his manhood to World War II Okinawa.

Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature, said the purpose of this season’s book discussion series is to explore the rich history of Oklahoma.

“The books in this program illuminate aspects of human development in our state’s history, from the emptiness of the Oklahoma prairie to its towns and two large cities of today,” Winn said.

At each session in the series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation in the context of the book’s theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Winn at (405) 208-5472, e-mailing him at hwinn@okcu.edu or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.