The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will return in September with the theme The American Frontier: A Pulitzer Prize Centennial Series. The discussions are held at 7:00 p.m. in Walker Center room 151, located near the center of campus at N.W. 26th Street and Florida Avenue.
The Texas frontier entwines with the saga of the McCullough family in Philipp Meyer’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, The Son. Eli, family patriarch born in the newly formed Texas Republic, recounts at age 100 his life for a WPA recording. His frontier includes Comanches who hold him captive from the age of thirteen to sixteen. Other family members’ perspectives provides storylines via diaries and memories. Although each member of the McCullough family faces different frontiers and struggles, they serve as reminders of the universal challenges in everyday life.
Presenting Scholar: Dr. Tracy Floreani, Professor of English, Oklahoma City University
This presentation wraps up the series of five Pulitzer Prize-nominated or -winning books that explore the concept of the frontier in the United States.
At each session, 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 by dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 207.