Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma’s 2019 series “Working to Survive, Surviving to Work” continues with Don Snyder’s novel The Cliffwalk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and A Life Found (1997)
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. Sunu Kodumthara, Assoc. Prof. of History, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, presents The Cliffwalk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and A Life Found, by Don Snyder. In his poignant memoir, Snyder confesses that he has a dream job, though he wants more. His intellect, education and hard work put him in a place of privilege, professor at a prestigious university. Then he loses it all and survives the emotional fall-out because of his wife’s faithful attention to daily life. In his downward spiral, Snyder eventually is forced to admit the hard facts of his existence. Ironically he is saved by a fortuitous return to blue collar work, something from which he has been running for much of his life. This book raises questions concerning what Americans really want. How are identity and work connected? What is truly valuable? What is expendable?
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.