Let’s Talk About It

About Let's Talk About It

Since 1985, Oklahoma Humanities has strengthened communities by connecting Oklahomans through its dynamic book club program, Let’s Talk About It.

Each program begins with a literary expert giving a 30-40 minute talk, offering a deeper understanding of the text, the author, and the themes related to the book, allowing readers to gain new insight before the discussion unfolds. The expert’s talk inspires the dialog that follows, where readers contemplate the thoughts and actions of the characters, consider the intentions of the author, and offer their own observations.

Dates

1st Tuesday of the month
August 2, 2022 - November 1, 2022
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Location

Enid Public Library
120 West Maine
Enid, OK 73701

Private Investigations: Staff Video

Private Investigations: The Books

This series is titled, Private Investigations: Hard-Boiled and Soft-Hearted Heroes, which focuses on detective stories that are uniquely American. This series begins with Raymond Chandler, who perfected and defined the genre and samples three more contemporary authors. Each month, we will read and discuss a different book.

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Date: August 2, 2022

Title: The Big Sleep and The Long Good-Bye

Author: Raymond Chandler

Scholar: Dr. Aaron Mason, NWOSU

Summary: Detective Philip Marlowe deals with questions of loyalty, friendship, and love.

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Date: September 6, 2022

Title: Death in a Tenured Position

Author: Amanda Cross

Scholar: Dr. Roxie James,  NWOSU

Summary: Follows Kate Fansler who is a university professor of Victorian literature. The story details the dangers of academic politics in the midst of the women's movement.

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Date: October 4, 2022

Title: The Ghostway

Author: Tony Hillerman

Scholar: Dr. Benjamin Bates, Langston University

Summary: The story features Navajo Tribal Police Officer Jim Chee and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn who solve investigations while juggling between the white and Navajo worlds.

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Date: November 1, 2022

Title: Killing Orders

Author: Sara Paretsky

Scholar: Dr. Richmond Adams, NWOSU

Summary: Private investigator Victoria Iphigenia Warshawski (or V.I.) deals with scandals as well as the changing view on the American family and its conventions.

The Scholars

Dr. Aaron Mason

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Dr. Aaron Mason currently serves as Professor of Political Science at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. He received his Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University in 2006. He has published articles on American Indian tribal governments and state government interaction as well issues dealing with the founding fathers and the U.S. Constitution. He serves as the Co-Executive Director of the NWOSU-Institute for Citizenship Studies. He also has additional teaching and research experiences at various institutions of higher education in the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona. Finally, he is the proud husband of his wife DeeAnn and dad to their children Hannah and Morgan.

Dr. Roxie James

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Bio coming soon.

Dr. Benjamin Bates

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Bio coming soon.

Dr. Richmond Adams

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Bio coming soon.

*Books, services, and other materials for this series are provided by Let’s Talk About It, a project of Oklahoma Humanities. Generous funding and support for this series was provided by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Oklahoma City University. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Oklahoma Humanities.

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