The Dynamics of Dysfunction: To Laugh or Cry or Both
“Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” Series at Oklahoma City University, Spring 2015
Oklahoma City University invites participants to make these books come alive in the readings of this four-part series. At each session, a Humanities scholar will make a 30-40 minute presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussion will follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, everyone will come together for a brief wrap-up. Anyone interested in participating by attending the sessions is encouraged to pre-register and borrow the reading selections by calling Harbour Winn at 208-5472, emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library, Room 211 or 207. (Note the offices are located in the five-story building southwest of Walker Center.) Information can also be found on the web site of the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature: www.okcu.edu/film-lit/
The series will be held in Walker Center, Room 151, on the Oklahoma City University campus from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Tuesdays, beginning September 9 and continuing on most alternate Tuesdays through November 11. Books, services, and other materials for this series of programs 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.
READINGS AND DATES: Spring 2015
January 27, 2015 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Faulkner, a Nobel laureate and renowned Southern author, wrote his book about a fractured Mississippi family—the Bundrens—in the macabre situation of their journey in the summer heat for a dead woman about to be buried in her wedding dress. The procession is followed by buzzards as the family encounters flood and fire reaching biblical proportions.
February 10, 2015 This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
In Tropper’s book, the death of a father brings together the entire family clan for the first time in years. Long-standing grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened in this humorous novel about the ties that bind, whether we like it or not.
February 24, 2015 My Last Days as Roy Rogers by Pat Cunningham Devoto
A book for crying and laughing at the same time, My Last Days as Roy Rogers seems homage to Huck Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird. Set in Alabama during the fear of contracting polio, the character Tab learns to cope with the diverse members of her family and community as she reaches the end of her days of youthful play and wonders why inequality and injustice make life so hard.
March 10, 2015 The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac by Kris D’Agostino
In this book, the Moretti family has problems: a dying father, a stressed-out mother, two millennial generation sons living at home, a pregnant teenaged daughter, an overdue mortgage. One son, Calvin, has left film school and tries to do the right thing, if he can just figure out what that is.