“Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma” begins Jan. 22 with ‘A Long Walk to Water’

Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma’s 2019 series “Wade in the Water,” begins Tuesday January 22nd with Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water (2010)

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. Liz Willner, Oklahoma City University Professor of Education/Director of Teacher Education, presents A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park. This novel includes the true story of Salva Dut, a part of the Dinka tribe and a Sudanese Lost Boy, and the fictional story of Nya, a young village girl that was a part of the Nuer tribe. Park used this book as a platform to support Dut’s program, Water for South Sudan. Dr. Willner’s lecture will be followed by small-group discussion of the book.

The new theme “Wade in the Water” includes five books of fiction on the topic of water, ecology, and human experience. These works of fiction are all fairly contemporary and range in styles, including young adult, scifi, realism, and magical realism.

Books are available to borrow for free on a first-come, first-served basis, and anyone is welcome to participate. Books may be checked out in Room 207 of the Dulaney-Browne Library on campus, or at the first session on Jan. 22. Participants are also welcome to attend with their own copies of the books. Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma is a program of Oklahoma Humanities.

Other titles in the season’s series include:

Feb. 5: Thomas King, Green Grass, Running Water, presented by Dr. Tracy Floreani
Feb. 19: Paolo Bacigalupi, The Water Knife, presented by Dr. Harbour Winn
March 5: Alec Connon, The Activist, presented by Dr. Mark Davies
March 19: Kim Stanley Robinson , Forty Signs of Rain, presented by Dr. Karen Schiler


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