Feb. 25th: “Let’s Talk About It” continues with ‘The Help’

Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma’s 2019 series “Working to Survive, Surviving to Work” continues February 25th with Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel The Help (2009)

6:30 PM in Room 151 of Walker Center
Petree College of Arts & Sciences, at NW 26th & N. Florida
Parking available in the lots to the north of the building.

Dr. Ben Bates, Prof. Emeritus of English, Langston University, presents The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. Written from the perspective of African-American domestic workers in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s, this powerful novel puts readers inside the homes of both the white bosses and the humble dwellings of the African-American workforce. In the context of the Civil Rights movement, punctuated by the murder of Medgar Evers, an unlikely team of a white lady and several maids secretly write their stories. The Help illustrates the system of domestic work, focusing on the individual lives of maids and commemorating their work ethic and the courage their daily life demands.

The books in this series offer a variety of perspectives concerning individuals and their work. A combination of realistic fiction and nonfiction, from various historical and cultural contexts, offers discussion groups an opportunity to consider not only the economic and societal value of work, but more importantly, why we work to begin with. 

Free book loans have run out, but anyone is welcome to attend with their own copies of the books Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma is a program of Oklahoma Humanities.

The upcoming titles in the season’s series will be:

March 10th : Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of WallStreet, presented by Dr. Harbour Winn

March 25th : Don, Snyder, The Cliffwalk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and A Life Found, presented by Dr. Sunu Kodumthara