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Book Series Focuses on Ethnicity in America

On- and off-campus discussions continue

September 21, 2011
Story by Brian Smith, OSU Library Communications Intern

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For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -Dr. Andrew Rosa leads book discussions of Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin Sept. 28 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.

Dr. Rosa comes from a multicultural background; he is Latino-Puerto Rican and British. He earned a Ph.D. in African American studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2006.  He teaches courses in American history and African American studies at OSU.

“Growing up as a child on both sides of the Atlantic, I know my cultural experiences shaped who I am today.” Dr. Rosa said. “I connect with Baldwin’s themes of race, class and identity in American life.”

Dr. Rosa first encountered Baldwin’s work as an undergraduate at Hampshire College a few years after Baldwin left his teaching position there. Dr. Rosa believes Baldwin’s works personally resonate with him because of how his own bicultural identify formed his life experiences.
Go Tell It On The Mountain continues the book discussion series “Being Ethnic Becoming American.” Free loan books can be picked up at the Stillwater Public Library and the OSU Library. The discussions are free and open to the public.
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 Foundation. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH. Additional funding is 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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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall11/rosa.htm
Last Updated: 22 Sept. 2011

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