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“Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” brings together City and University Communities

August 22, 2011
Story by Stillwater Public Library

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For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The Stillwater Public Library, OSU Library and OSU Division of Institutional Diversity present a reading and discussion series titled, Being Ethnic, Becoming American from Sept. 14 to Nov. 1.

Programs will be offered at both the Stillwater Public Library and OSU Library on the same day.  At the OSU Edmon Low Library the program will begin at 3 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room on the second floor. Then at 6:30 p.m. the same program will be repeated at the Stillwater Public Library in the third floor Reception Area. This series is part of the statewide “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” project of the Oklahoma Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Inasmuch Foundation.

According to the theme guide, the four books in the series “reveal people struggling with similar problems―trying to understand their heritage and its relevance to their lives as Americans, coming of age, and coming to terms with the expectations of their elders and becoming themselves.”

The first program on Wednesday, Sept. 14 features Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. This is a coming of age story set in New Mexico in the years during and immediately after World War II.  The first program scholar is Dr. Belinda Bruner, Visiting Asst. Professor of English at OSU. This program kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month.

Remaining books in the series include Go Tell it On the Mountain by James Baldwin (Wednesday, Sept. 28) presented by Dr. Andrew Rosa; Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston (Wednesday, Oct. 12) presented by Dr. Elizabeth Williams, and The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday (Tuesday, Nov. 1) presented by Dr. Hugh Foley.

Books are provided by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and will be loaned by Stillwater Public Library and the OSU Library. Reading the book is encouraged but not required to participate. Programs are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided at each program.   

The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide meaningful public engagement with the humanities—disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OHC provides teacher institutes, Smithsonian exhibits, reading groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. With a focus on K-12 education and community building, OHC engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.
For more information, visit the Stillwater Public Library web site at library.stillwater.org, or call 405-372-3633, or the OSU Library website at www.library.okstate.edu or call 405-744-7331.

Partners for Being Ethnic, Becoming American include Friends of Stillwater Public Library, and OSU Groups: Asian American Student Association, Hispanic Student Association, Asian American Faculty-Staff Association, Black Faculty-Staff Association, Hispanic Faculty-Staff Association, Native American Faculty-Staff Association, and Residential Life.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  The OSU Edmon Low Library is located in the heart of the OSU campus. Community parking on the OSU campus is available for a fee in the Student Union or Monroe Street Parking Garages.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 32,000 students across its five-campus system and nearly 21,000 on its Stillwater campus; with students from all 50 states and about 110 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 200,000 students who have made a lasting impact on Oklahoma and the world. CREATE - INNOVATE - EDUCATE - GO STATE!

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall11/ltaio.htm
Last Updated: 24 Aug 2011

Media Contact:

Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood, APR
Email: lib-pub@okstate.edu
Phone: (405) 744-7331

225 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078-1071

Media Contact:

Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood, APR

Email: lib-pub@okstate.edu
Phone: (405) 744-7331

225 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078-1071

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