Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It (LTAI) is a library discussion series that brings scholars and community members together to explore how selected books, films, or poetry illuminate a particular theme.

Let's Talk About It is available as a book, film or poetry series.

Book Series: A nine-week reading and discussion series that includes five books that is held every other week and led by a new scholar each week.

Film Series: A six-week film and discussion series that is held weekly and led by one scholar.

Poetry Series: A six-week reading-audio/video-discussion program that is held weekly and led by one scholar.

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The Let's Talk About It series is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council in cooperation with the North Carolina Center for the Book.

Preeminent twentieth-century English poet W. H. Auden asserted, "...there are no good books which are only for children." While there are many reasons why great children's literature is "not for children only," the best reason may be...

People constantly rethink their personal and collective identities in the flow of history. This series will help us explore how the journey that shapes such rethinking is likely different for each of us.

During the twentieth century the American presidency became the most powerful office in the world. The basis for the power inhered in the extraordinary natural wealth of the United States, in a dynamic economy that operated within...

What it means to be black in the twentieth century and what the relationship is between black and white America is explored in these stories united by two themes: the quest for identity and the quest to understand the past.

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As the art and literature of the past 150 years reveal, the railway has had a profound impact on Americans’ sense of mobility and range of opportunities and on their thinking about time and distance. Making Tracks, part of the...

As novelist, essayist, teacher, editor, and publisher, no single figure has done more to “discover” the literary South than Louis Rubin. So it is appropriate to name this series in his honor. The books in this series were published...

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association have awarded the North Carolina Humanities Council a grant for a new Let's Talk About It series,...

African American literature embodies both a literary tradition and particular perspectives with which to view American history from the horrors of slavery to the struggles of segregation and to the trials and triumphs of the civil...

This audio series is composed of National Public Radio interviews with 13 of today's most engaging and influential poets including Allen Ginsberg, Karl Shapiro, Maxine Kumin, Gwendolyn Brooks and Gary Soto. In addition to listening to...

What happens to a woman whose behavior defies social and domestic expectations? Perhaps she is locked in an attic; more often she is a woman involved in a quest to discover her identity. These works may help us redefine "mad women."