Oklahoma City, OK—Northeastern State University is hosting a dynamic book group at its Broken Arrow campus called “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma,” a program of Oklahoma Humanities.
“Not for Children Only” is the theme of the current book discussion series. Do certain children’s books evoke feelings of nostalgia? What was your favorite childhood story, and what impact did it have in your life? Have you ever wondered about the origins of fairy tales and how they have changed over time? Would you like to have a deeper understanding of children’s classics so that you might better share them with your children or grandchildren? Whether you would like to re-experience books that influenced you in the past or explore certain children’s classics for the first time, this series is guaranteed to be eye-opening and thought-provoking.
Humanities professors will begin each session with a talk about the book. Participants will learn about relevant topics, such as: the author’s life, what inspired their writing, the book’s contemporary relevance, and the broader genre of children’s literature. After the presenter’s talk, the group will participate in a casual discussion, sharing their own insights, ideas, and reflections on the readings. Participants will meet at 2:30 pm at the NSU Broken Arrow Campus Annex at 3100 E. New Orleans Street. Refreshments will be served.
Dates and titles for the series are as follows:
Jan. 25th - Andrew Vassar, Ph.D. presents The Classic Fairy Tales by Iona Opie and Peter Opie and Tatterhood and Other Tales edited by Ethel Johnston Phelps
Feb. 14th – Russell Lawson, Ph.D. presents Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Mar. 7th – David Oberhelman, Ph.D. presents The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Mar. 28th – Brian Cowlishaw, Ph.D. presents Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White and Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Apr. 18th – Helen Clements, Ph.D. presents Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor and I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
“This book discussion series serves as an excellent avenue to foster community dialogue and connect people with our finest Oklahoma scholars. We look forward to meeting and discussing with our shared Broken Arrow community how children’s literature has the ability to shape who we have become and how it can still influence us in adulthood,” states Pamela Louderback, NSU Broken Arrow Library Director.
Stop by the NSU Broken Arrow library to borrow books for the series. For directions, or for more information, contact Pamela Louderback at (918) 449-6452 or [email protected]. Come to one session, or come to them all. The program is free, and everyone is welcome.
This series is made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities with generous funding from the Inasmuch Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.
Contact: Kelly Burns
(405) 235-0280 · [email protected]
Posted on January 12, 2017
by Chris Carroll