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Book Discussion Series Takes Shape of Civil War

By Rod Jones Modified: October 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm •  Published: October 9, 2013

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will continue its fall season at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 with a session titled “The Shape of War,” featuring the book “Crossroad of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson. The discussion is free to the public and will be held in Walker Center room 151 at N.W. 26th Street and Florida Avenue.

“The Shape of War” examines Antietam, a pivotal point in the Civil War. McPherson is considered the most widely recognized Civil War historian of the last quarter century. He’s known to give objective accounts of events with exceptional documentation.

The series theme is titled “Making Sense of the American Civil War” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war and the Emancipation. The discussion series is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities as part of its We the People initiative promoting scholarship, teaching and learning about American history and culture.

At each session in the series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Harbour Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film and Literature, at (405) 208-5472, e-mailing him at or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

The final session in the book discussion series will be Nov. 5 with “War and Freedom” featuring selections from the anthology “America’s War.”