“Let’s Talk About It” Series Returns to Libraries
OSU Scholar Leads Discussion on Ethnicity
September 9, 2011
Story by Brian Smith, OSU Library Communications Intern
For Immediate Release
STILLWATER -Dr. Belinda Bruner is leading on- and off-campus book discussions of Rudolfo Anaya’s book Bless Me, Ultima. Talks will be held Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, OSU Library and 6:30 p.m. in the Stillwater Public Library reception area.
Having grown up as a Mexican-American woman in a bicultural family, Dr. Bruner seeks to demystify ethnicity with her program.
“I want to encourage readers to enter Anaya's fictive world not with an eye out for signs of ethnic difference but with a willingness to encounter the familiar,” Bruner said. “We are all more alike than different.”
Dr. Bruner taught American literature at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Now a Visiting Assistant Professor at OSU, Dr. Bruner teaches courses on the short story, poetry, writing and music, gender issues, and topics in American literature.
Bless Me, Ultima kicks off the series theme “Being Ethnic Becoming American” and National Hispanic Heritage Month. Free loan books can be picked up at the Stillwater Public Library and the OSU Library.
Books, services and other materials for this series are provided by Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma, a project of the Oklahoma Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Funding for this series was provided by a grant from the Inasmuch Family Foundation. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH. Additional funding provided by Friends of the OSU Library, OSU Division of Institutional Diversity and Friends of Stillwater Public Library.
For more information about LTAIO, visit http://www.okhumanitiescouncil.org/lets-talk-about-it-oklahoma. For more information about the series, contact the OSU Library (405-744-7331) or the Stillwater Public Library (405-372-3633).
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Last Updated: 9 Sept. 2011