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Civil War Reading Series Chooses Sides


The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will continue its fall 2013 season at 7 p.m. Sept. 24. The session is titled “Choosing Sides,” featuring selections from the “America’s War” anthology. The discussion is free to the public and will be held in Walker Center room 151 at N.W. 26th Street and Florida Avenue.

“Choosing Sides” will include “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass; the first inaugural address by Abraham Lincoln; the “Cornerstone” speech by Alexander H. Stephens; and a speech by Robert Montague at the Virginia secession convention.

The series theme is titled “Making Sense of the American Civil War” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war and the Emancipation. The discussion series is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities as part of its We the People initiative promoting scholarship, teaching and learning about American history and culture.

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

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Harbour Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film and Literature, at (405) 208-5472, e-mailing him at or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

Other dates, themes and books included in the series are:

* Oct. 8, “Making Sense of War” with selections from the “America’s War” anthology

* Oct. 22, “The Shape of War” with “Crossroad of Freedom” by James McPherson

* Nov. 5, “War and Freedom” with selections from the “America’s War” anthology