OCU Book Discussion Ends with Family Problems

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The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will conclude its season with “The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac” by Kris D’Agostino at 7 p.m. March 10 in Walker Center room 151.

In the 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.

The discussion series is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. At each session in the five-part series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Harbour Winn at (405) 208-5472, emailing him at hwinn@okcu.edu or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature at OCU, said the series, titled “The Dynamics of Dysfunction:  To Laugh or Cry or Both,” is focusing on dysfunctional family relationships.

“Many great works of literature since time immemorial have explored issues of relationship problems within the family unit,” he said. “Look no further than the tortured families of Joseph with that colorful coat or Noah after the flood in the Old Testament. William Shakespeare, too, penned a couple of dramas featuring some rather unbalanced families.”