Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It

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

The Let's Talk About It (LTAI) series is administrated by the North Carolina Humanities Council in cooperation with the North Carolina Center for the Book. Let's Talk About It is available as a book, film or poetry series.

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Book Series: Designed as a nine-week reading and discussion series that includes five books. Sessions are typically held every other week and led by a new scholar each week.

Film Series: Designed as a six-week film and discussion series. Sessions are typically held weekly and led by one scholar.

Poetry Series: Designed as a six-week reading-audio/video-discussion program. Sessions are typically held weekly and led by one scholar.

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Participating Libraries Winter-Spring 2017

Participating Libraries Fall 2016

Let’s Talk About It is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.                

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.

When war broke out in Europe in 1914 America was focused on its own concerns - managing its new wealth and addressing the urgent social problems of the time. Years of rapid industrial expansion had made...

In the mid-twentieth century, both Latin American and Latino writers bagan to attract wide audiences in countries throughout the world. This series allows us to hear voices that speak in several different languages, introducing us to...

This exciting series uses award-winning documentary films and text to involve the public in a study of the impact of science and technology in the 20th century. Programs focus on the rapid introduction of...

Sometimes historical facts alone are not enough to evoke the truth of the past -- perhaps this is what Walt Whitman meant when he claimed of the Civil War that 'the real war will never get into the books.' In these selections...

The American West offers not one story but many. Together as we read these books, we will examine some of those stories - violent or nostalgic, tragic or heroic. This series will offer us a way of exploring a more honest creation myth,...

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...

Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form explores the cultural and social history of jazz as it developed as an art form invented in early 20th century America. It has evolved into an enduring expression of creativity and...

Attempting to form generalizations about so broad a topic as "best-selling fiction" is tricky business. However, the mass appeal of many such works seems to come from the combination of mythic characters and realistic, historically...

In this series, readers explore ancient and modern conflicts to build understanding about the varied and richly textured peoples, cultures, histories, and geographies of the Middle East. A place of divergent cultures, faiths, and people...