2018 Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma Book Discussion Dates, Books and Scholars

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Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma Book Discussion

Lawton, OK—Lawton Arts & Humanities Council announced today that it will host Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma.  The event is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment of the Humanities with generous funding from the Inasmuch Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.  Additional support is provided by the City of Lawton and Cameron University.

The first extant autobiography in English was dictated in the early 1400s by a woman who could neither read nor write. The “Book of Margery Kempe” opens with an account of childbirth and descent into madness. Margery Kempe goes on to recount her several religious pilgrimages, her visions, the frequent criticism she encountered, and the mundane details of her life. Her manuscript, lost for centuries and rediscovered in 1934, gives us new understanding of the tradition of women’s autobiography.

Like Kempe’s autobiography, many women’s life stories have been “lost.” In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, women wrote only a small proportion of the autobiographies produced and published. Though this has changed in the twentieth century, scholars, until recently, did not deem women’s autobiography worthy of study. Women’s lives were considered dull by comparison to those of famous war heroes, statesmen, philosophers, poets.

The Lawton Arts & Humanities Council has chosen to discuss the theme, “The Journey Inward: Women’s Autobiography. This theme was developed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.    The program, Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma, 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 held at Cameron University Library every third Thursday of each month at 6pm.  Below is a list of the dates, titles and authors of the books, and the scholars who will lead each discussion:

  • July 19, 2018, “One Writer’s Beginnings” by Eudora Welty with Dr. David Fennema

 

  • August 16, 2018, “Letters of a Woman Homesteader” by Elinore Pruitt Stewart with Dr. Margery Kingsley

 

  • September 20, 2018, “Dust Tracks on a Road” by Zora Neale Hurston with Dr. John Morris

 

  • October 18, 2018, “My Life” by Isadora Duncan with Dr. Judy Neale

 

  • November 15, 2018, “Blackberry Winter” by Margaret Mead with Dr. William Carney

 

These programs are free and open to the public.  Please come and join us to learn from these exciting and interesting books and perhaps share your experience and knowledge with other people.  Copies of the books may be picked up at the Arts & Humanities Division Office, 801 NW Ferris (west entrance of McMahon Memorial Auditorium), Monday-Friday at 8am - 12pm, 1 - 5pm, call 580-581-3470/581-3471.  For additional information on the event, contact:  Dory Thomas, 580-536-4349, @email

 

About the program - Books, services, and other materials for this series are provided by “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma”, a project of the Oklahoma Humanities. Funding for this series was provided by grants from the Inasmuch Foundation and Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the Oklahoma Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

About the Oklahoma Humanities - The mission of the Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.  OH is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we strive to stimulate discussion, encourage new perspectives, and to actively engage people in the humanities disciplines, such as history, literature, philosophy, and ethics.

 

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