The next book of the Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma! book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will be "Ordeal By Fire, Volume II: The Civil War" by James McPherson.
The discussion at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 is free to everyone. It will be in Walker Center, room 151, on Florida Avenue near NW 26.
"Ordeal By Fire" offers a dramatic narrative of the Civil War with photographs, maps and first-person accounts. The book provides military and civilian perspectives from the North and South sides of the conflict. Lloyd Musselman, professor emeritus in history at OCU, will lead the discussion.
The reading series is called "Rebirth of a Nation: Nationalism and the Civil War" and is focusing on the influence of the Civil War era. The five-book series is exploring the era through historical analyses, memoirs and the novel.
Other dates and works in the series are Oct. 26 with "Reconstruction: After the Civil War" by John Hope Franklin and Nov. 9 with "The Private Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries," edited by C. Vann Woodward and Elizabeth Muhlenfeld.
Humanities scholars make half-hour presentations to open each session. Small group discussions follow before the groups reunite for closing remarks.
Participants are encouraged to preregister and read the selected literature before its discussion session. They may borrow the reading selections and pick up a theme brochure at the OCU Dulaney-Brown Library, room 211 or 207. The library is west of Walker Center.
For more information call Winn at 208-5472 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also is available at okcu.edu/film-lit.