“We celebrate the fact that literature doesn't exist in a vacuum,” he said. “It's always in a social-cultural medium.”
The festival also includes the Oklahoma premier of “Girl Rising,” a documentary film that addresses poverty, disease and environmental issues, and how those problems affect girls and women nationwide. The screening also will include a panel discussion on human trafficking. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at Meacham Auditorium in OU's Oklahoma Memorial Union.
In many cases, the film reaches the conclusion that educating girls is a solution to a number of problems, Davis-Undiano said. If a girl is able to receive an education, she is less likely to be in poverty or be the victim of violence.
“Educate a girl, and you really are having a huge impact on the world,” he said.
Most events are free and open to the public. Go to www.puterbaughfestival.org for a full schedule of events.