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The Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series presents David Grann Killers of the Flower Moon: The Arc of Justice. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.  Freede Center

The Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series

Oklahoma City University will host author David Grann for a public presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 13 titled “Killers of the Flower Moon: the Arc of Justice.” The presentation is part of OCU’s Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series and will be held in the Freede Wellness Center on NW 27th Street and Florida Avenue.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” swept the literary world upon its publication in 2017 as a shocking, dramatic true story of murder and injustice against a Native American tribe in northeastern Oklahoma. In the 1920s, Osage Nation citizens became some of the wealthiest people in the world after oil reserves were discovered in the territory on which they were forcefully relocated years before. Subsequent brutal killings followed, which became known as the “Reign of Terror,” as Osage citizens were murdered to obtain control of their wealth.

In his lecture, Grann will illuminate how the struggle for Native American rights extends from the first contact with whites to the present day with Standing Rock. Grann highlights the saga of the Osage and documents how one of the most sinister crimes in American history connects to Native Americans’ current fight to control their land and resources.

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” spent more than 30 weeks on The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and ranked #1 on Amazon’s Single Best Books of the Year. The film adaptation is now in production with Martin Scorcese as director and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis and subject to capacity. Check back for possible updates to the university's Covid-19 protocols. This event will be livestreamed.

A book signing will follow the public presentation. Books will be available to purchase on-site in conjunction with Full Circle Bookstore.

The speaker series at OCU is made possible by the Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series endowment. It is supported by The Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature.

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About the Series

The Martha Jean Lemon Lecture Series features annual events that enrich the academic environment for the University and the surrounding community. Programs may relate to the arts and sciences, business, dance and entertainment, law, music, nursing, theatre, or religious topics.

The lecture series was created through an endowment gift from Lynette Lemon Wert and Larry H. Lemon in 2010 on behalf of the Lemon family of Oklahoma City, in honor of Martha Jean Lemon, who graduated from OCU in 1968 with a degree in history and worked as an independent comparative religion scholar.

This series continues OCU’S tradition of the Distinguished Speakers Series which has included speakers such as David Brooks, Marian Wright Edelman, Henry Louis Gates, Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jonathan Kozol, Rabbi Harold Kushner, N. Scott Momaday, Bill Moyers, Sister Helen Prejean, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Andrew Weil, Fabian Cousteau, and Reza Aslan as well as Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Wangari Maathai, and Jody Williams.