Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma Program

Attend this community book discussion program with wonderful scholars.

Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma (LTAIO) offers more than your average book club for adults. With the added benefit of a humanities scholar to inform and broaden discussions, participants are able to explore the human experience through literature in meaningful and thought-provoking ways.

A series consists of 4-5 sessions, each featuring a book from the chosen discussion theme. A humanities scholar opens each session telling about the author's life, giving historical context to the book, sharing its contemporary relevance, and explaining how the book ties into the overarching theme. Participants then discuss their own thoughts about the book.

This program was developed with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Humanities with additional funding from the Inasmuch Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Additional support is provided by the City of Lawton. For additional information, contact the Arts & Humanities Division at 580-581-3470 or 581-3471.

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 with funding from the National Endowment for the 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.

The books selected each year are free, limited supply, first come/first served and must be returned to the Arts & Humanities Division after each program.  

For more information about the Oklahoma Humanities - http://www.okhumanities.org

 

"One Writer's Beginnings" by Eudora Welty with Dr. David Fennema

July 19, 2018, Book Discussion Series

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"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart with Dr. Margery Kingsley

August 16, 2018, Book Discussion Series

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“Dust Tracks on a Road” by Zora Neale Hurston with Dr. John Morris

September 20, 2018, Book Discussion Series

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“My Life” by Isadora Duncan with Dr. Judy Neale

October 18, 2018, Book Discussion Series

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“Blackberry Winter” by Margaret Mead with Dr. William Carney

November 15, 2018

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Past Programming

2016 Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma - “American Icons: The American Presidency, 1789-1815” 

Book Distribution & Discussion Groups  

Lawton Arts & Humanities Council hosts, “Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma”.  This five-part, scholar-let series, free and open to the public, includes books and speakers who will lead discussions at the Cameron University Library. This program was developed with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Humanities Council with additional funding from the Inasmuch Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Additional support is provided by the City of Lawton.

Since 2016 is a presidential election year, the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council chose the theme, “American Icons: The American Presidency, 1789-1815”. Americans have long viewed the founding fathers and mothers as icons of history.  Through biography, history, and novels, this theme reveals the true American Presidency.  The program, “Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma”, discussion groups come together for a five-part, scholar-led series.  Attendees will have an opportunity to learn from these exciting and interesting books and perhaps share experience and knowledge with other people.  

The free books (limited supply, first come/first served) are available at the Arts & Humanities Division Office at 801 NW Ferris, Lawton, OK from Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 12noon and 1 – 5pm starting the week of June 20. Below is a list of the dates, titles of the books, and the scholars who will lead each discussion:

July 14, “Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington”, Dr. David Fennema

August 11, “American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson”, Dr. William Carney

September 8, “Scandal Monger”, Dr. Margery Kingsley

October 13, “Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800”, Dr. Scherrey Cardwell

November 10, “Dolly: A Novel of Dolly Madison in Love and War”, Dr. John Morris

 

All book discussions are held at Cameron University Library every second Thursday of each month at 6:00pm.  Each scholar opens the program, bringing the book to life, provoking the group’s curiosity with insights and raising questions that spark discussion.  For additional information, contact the Arts & Humanities Division at 580-581-3470 or 581-3471.

 

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 Council with funding from the National Endowment for the 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 OHC or NEH

 

 About the Oklahoma Humanities Council

The mission of the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.  OHC 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.

 

2017 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 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 Lawton Arts & Humanities Council has chosen to discuss the theme, The Oklahoma Experience: From Wilderness to Metropolis. Readings illuminate the development of communities in Oklahoma, from Washington Irving’s description of the empty prairie in the 1930s to the changing metropolis of Oklahoma City in the 1970s.  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 four-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 20, 2017, A Tour on the Prairies by Washington Irving, Dr. David Fennema

 

August 17, 2017, A Sand in My Eyes Seigniora Russell Laune, Dr. William Carney

 

September 21, 2017, Catalogue by George Milburn, Dr. Margery Kingsley

 

October 19, 2017, Briarpatch by Ross Thomas, Dr. John Morris

 

This program is 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, thomd7@sbcglobal.net

 

 

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 with funding from the National Endowment for the 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 Council (OHC) is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life.  OHC 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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