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We are proud to announce our theme for "Let’s Talk About It" Spring 2022...

“Memory, Memorials, and Painful Pasts”

A More Perfect Union Theme

About This Theme

Historical sites and the memorials we place on them can bring communities together or tear them apart. Often those with the greatest ability to do both are sites where tragic or painful events have taken place. What we do with painful histories after the fact and how do we process them collectively and individually? How we find hope and reconciliation through the process of making memorials? Through works of both non-fiction and fiction, this theme explores cases in which the public memory of painful pasts has had profound impacts on communities in the present.

This new series theme is part of Oklahoma Humanities’ recently launched initiative “A More Perfect Union: America at 250.” Multiple programs through this initiative will explore American history and its influence on the present and examine the evolution of our nation, its democratic principles, and what it means to be an American as we approach the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.


Jan. 25

Dr. Harbour Winn, Prof. Emeritus of English, founder and former Director of the Center

Amy Waldman, The Submission (2011)

Feb. 8

Dr. Laura Arata, Prof. of History at Oklahoma State University

Clint Smith, How the World is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America (2021)

Feb. 22

Dr. Mark Davies, Professor of Ethics at Oklahoma City University

Connor Towne O'Neil,
Down Along with that Devil's Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy

Mar. 8

Dr. Benjamin Bates, Prof. Emeritus of English at Langston University

Yishai Sarid,
The Memory Monster (2017)

Mar. 29

Dr. Brooke Hessler, storytelling media artist, formerly of OCU and past collaborator with the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Museum

Edward Linenthal,
The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory (2001)

All sessions will take place on alternating Tuesdays, beginning at 6:30 PM at Oklahoma City University, Walker Center 151, NW 26th & N. Florida.

Let's Talk About It is a program of Oklahoma Humanities.

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