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Scholarly Panel Discussion

To Kill a Mockingbird events bring together Stillwater

September 28, 2009
Story by Marissa Chavez, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, is renowned for its commentary on the issues of class and race inequity. A panel of scholars will discuss the book’s themes and its relevance today at a public event, 2 p.m. Oct. 4, at the Sheerar Museum.

The panel discussion is part of the series, "One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads To Kill a Mockingbird."

Panelists will present viewpoints about the book and then allow the audience time for questions. Dr. Jason Kirksey, associate vice president for Institutional Diversity, will discuss civil rights. Dr. Lynne Simpson, OSU Librarian, will cover the theme of coming of age. Riley Kern, sociology graduate student, will share his views on social class.

During the 1960s, the time of publication, America was dealing with issues of class and race. Simpson feels that this time was an important coming of age for America.

“It’s good for people to hear other viewpoints,” Simpson said. “It’s also a good way to form ideas in your own writing.”

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads To Kill a Mockingbird” is a collaborative effort designed to build community and promote literacy through shared activities. Other community partners planning events include OSU Allied Arts, OSU Library, Stillwater Public Library and OSU Student Union Activities Board.

For more information on other "Stillwater Reads To Kill a Mockingbird" events and discussions, visit www.library.stillwater.org or call the Stillwater Public Library, 405-372-3633, or the OSU Library, 405-744-2376.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall09/TKAMscholar.htm
Last Updated: 10 March 2010