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Let's Talk About It! Book Club

Decades in the making, our series, Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma!, remains one of our most popular events. Every semester, a new theme is selected for this Oklahoma Humanities-sponsored book club series. Books are free to borrow from the program and anyone may participate. Join us for illuminating presentations and community-building through group discussions. Delve into topics from civil rights, to history, to mystery — and beyond!

Current Season of Let’s Talk About It! at OCU

Free loaner copies of books are available at Dulaney-Browne Library circulation desk!

This season's theme:

“Where We Come Together: A United We Stand Theme” 

Even in the midst of divisions within our culture, we often come together with others unlike ourselves. In the workplace. The classroom. The neighborhood. The grocery store. The polling site or the courtroom. In moments of celebration or crisis. In times of needing assistance or in attitudes of political resistance. Even within the abstract places that are history or the media landscape, we inhabit a common space. Often the circumstances bringing us together are random, but the choices we make while together are ours, and they matter very much. In shared spaces we have interactions—some tense, some pleasant, some neutral—that help us learn more about one another. We may come away with new insight about another’s perspective for the first time or a new sense of our shared goals and values as residents of these very diverse, but united, states.

This series, curated by our own center director Dr. Tracy Floreani, explores some of the American spaces where we come together, assessing through history, imaginative writing, and images how our interactions inform our sense of who we are, individually and collectively. Each of the texts in this theme explores how interactions among people from different walks of life cause us to reassess our values and ideals within our private spaces, affecting our choices about who we are, where we want to live, and how we might adjust our future interactions.

To learn more about the books and theme, click here for a copy of the full series essay.

All sessions will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Oklahoma City University
Petree College of Arts & Sciences Walker Center Room 151, NW 26th & N. Florida

Each session features a short lecture, followed by small-group discussion of the book.

JAN. 30A Different Mirror: A Multicultural History of America by Ronald Takaki (1993) with a new Foreword by Clint SmithDr. Sunu Kodumthara, Professor of History at SWOSU
FEB. 13Work, A Story of Experience (1873)by Louisa May AlcottDr. Harbour Winn, Center Director Emeritus
FEB. 27Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White (2012) by Lila Quintero WeaverDr. Tracy Floreani, Center Director



The Other Americans (2019)by Laila LalamiDr. Nathan Shank, Professor of English at Oklahoma Christian U.



Interior Chinatown (2020) by Charles Yu
Marc DiPaolo, Professor of English at SWOSU

Free parking is available in the lots surrounding the building.

Thanks to our partnership with Oklahoma Humanities, we've been given the ability to go back in time! Take a trip down memory lane and scroll through an extensive list of every Let's Talk About It theme from the past.

SPRING 2023                              Immigration Stories in Contemporary Fiction: Suspended Between Borders
FALL 2022Speculative Women, Future Bodies
SPRING 2022Memories, Memorials, & Painful Pasts: A More Perfect Union Theme
FALL 2021Travel, New Ways of Seeing
SPRING 2020Working to Survive, Surviving to Work
FALL 2019Coming and Going in Oklahoma Indian Country
SPRING 2019Wade in the Water
FALL 2018Living with Limits
SPRING 2018War, Not War, and Peace: A Pulitzer Prize Centennial Series
FALL 2017The American Frontier: A Pulitzer Prize Centennial Series
SPRING 2017Young Adult Crossover Fiction: Crumbling Borders between Adolescents and Adults                           
FALL 2016Civil Rights and Equality: A Pulitzer Prize Centennial Series
SPRING 2016Play Ball
FALL 2015Hope Amidst Hardships
SPRING 2015The Dynamics of Dysfunction: To Laugh or Cry or Both
FALL 2014Oklahoma Private Investigations
SPRING 2014Muslim Journeys: American Stories
FALL 2013Making Sense of the American Civil War
SPRING 2013Myth and Literature
FALL 2012Native American Writers of the Plains
SPRING 2012The Oklahoman Experience: From Wilderness to Metropolis
FALL 2011Much Depends on Dinner: What We Eat and What It Says About Us
SPRING 2011What America Reads: Myth Making in Popular Fiction
FALL 2010Rebirth of a Nation: Nationalism and the Civil War
SPRING 2010Journey Stories
FALL 2009The Worst Hard Time Revisited: Oklahoma in the Dust Bowl Years
SPRING 2009Do You See What I See: Growing Up in the Wide World? Contemporary World Literature
FALL 2008American Icons: The American President
SPRING 2008Mysterious Fears and Ghastly Longings
FALL 2007Crime and Comedy: The Lighter Side of Crime and Misdemeanor
SPRING 2007The Oklahoma Experience: The Thirties
FALL 2006Invisibility and Identity: The Search for Self in African American Fiction
SPRING 2006The Journey Inward: Women's Autobiography
FALL 2005Piercing the Quilt, Stirring the Stew: Ethnic American Women's Voices
SPRING 2005The Oklahoma Experience: Re-Vision - Reading and Discussing
FALL 2004Vietnam
SPRING 2004Crime and Punishment
FALL 2003The American Renaissance
SPRING 2003Friendship in Literature: Reading and Discussing
FALL 2002The Gilded Age: The Emergence of Modern America
SPRING 2002Private Investigations: Hard-Boiled and Soft-Hearted Heroes
FALL 2001Liberty and Violence: The Heritage of the French Revolution
SPRING 2001Many Trails, Many Tribes: Images of American Indians in Contemporary Fiction
FALL 2000Individual Rights and Community in America
SPRING 2000Making a Living, Making a Life: Work and its Rewards in a Changing America
FALL 1999The Unknown Americans: Contemporary Latin American Literature
SPRING 1999Generation to Generation: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
FALL 1998Being Ethnic, Becoming American: Struggles, Successes, Symbols
SPRING 1998Writing Worlds: The Art of Seeing in Anthropology, Fiction, and Autobiography

For more information, check out the Oklahoma Humanities Website

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