Arts & Humanities Division Partners with Cameron University Library for Book Club

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PUBLISHED 6/1/2022

Beginningthis July, meet people who share a love of reading at  Cameron University Library with Let’s Talk About It, a dynamic book club organized by Oklahoma Humanities (OH) that has connected curious readers across the state since 1985. Made possible by an OH grant and generous funding and support from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Oklahoma City University, this program is free and open to all.

The Lawton Arts and Humanities Division, McMahon Auditorium Authority, the City of Lawton, and Cameron University are partnering to present this program and have chosen to explore the theme, “Native American Identity From Past to Present: A More Perfect Union.” This theme was developed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Let’s Talk About It is a discussion group that comes together for a five-part, scholar-led series. Each scholar opens the program, bringing the book to life, provoking the group’s curiosity with insights and raising questions that spark discussion. All book discussions are scheduled for 6 p.m. every third Thursday of each month at the Cameron University Library, 2800 W Gore Blvd.

Join for one session or the entire series as experts open each book discussion with an analysis of the text, its recurring themes, revelations about the author’s life, and historical context. Below is a list of the dates, titles and authors of the books, and the scholars who will lead each discussion:             

  • July 21, 2022: “The Removed” by Brandon Hobson with Dr. David Fennema
  • August 18, 2022: “Firekeeper's Daughter” by Angeline Boulley with Dr. William Carney
  • Sept. 15, 2022: “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich with Dr. Margery Kingsley
  • Oct. 20, 2022: “Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir” by Deborah A. Miranda with Dr. John Morris
  • Nov. 17, 2022: “There There” by Tommy Orange with Dr. Judy Neale

“With McMahon Auditorium Authority taking on the mission of the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council, we are proud to partner together and put on this meaningful humanities  program for our region, and we are thankful for our board members for spearheading and supporting Let’s Talk About It,” said Jason Poudrier, Ats and Humanities Division Administrator.

Copies of the books are on-hand now and may be checked-out and borrowed from the Arts and Humanities Division Office, 801 NW Ferris (west entrance of McMahon Memorial Auditorium), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekly Monday-Friday. For more information, call 580-581-3470/581-3471 or learn more at www.swokarts.com.

About Oklahoma Humanities
Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OH is a grant-making organization that provides a free educational magazine, Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibits, reading and discussion groups, and other cultural opportunities. OH engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion through humanities disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, ethics, and philosophy.

About McMahon Auditorium Authority
The McMahon Auditorium Authority is a City of Lawton public trust. The mission of the authority is to further the vision of Mrs. Louise D. McMahon to advocate the advancement of the arts and other educational and cultural endeavors through the use of the McMahon Memorial Auditorium.

About City of Lawton Arts & Humanities Division
The Arts & Humanities Division of the City of Lawton supports cultural endeavors across the City, as well as the arts and humanities industries in the area such as organizations, individuals, businesses, and other governmental agencies. The division manages the McMahon Memorial Auditorium, manages the City of Lawton’s art collection, assists the various City of Lawton boards and trusts that foster the arts and humanities, and serves as the point of contact for Film, Music & Video Production Support.

About Cameron University Library
Cameron University's Eugene D. McMahon Library supports the learning needs of the Cameron community by connecting students, faculty, staff, and community members to information resources and services.

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