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Book Discussion Series Turns to Civil War

By Rod Jones Modified: July 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm •  Published: July 11, 2013

The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will open its fall 2013 season with “March” by Geraldine Brooks at 7 p.m. Sept. 9. The discussion is free to the public and will be held in Walker Center room 151 at N.W. 26thStreet and Florida Avenue.

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.

The first discussion session, titled “Imagining War,” will cover “March” and selections from Louisa May Alcott’s “Journal kept at the Hospital, Georgetown, D.C.” that was included in the America’s War anthology.

“March” is a novel about a man who leaves his family behind to help the Union army.

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.

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