New Bern-Craven County
Public Library

a member of the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library System

"Let's Talk About It..."

Picturing America: Land of Opportunity

Since the establishment of New World colonies by Europeans, America has been seen as a grand experiment. The very size and geographic diversity of the country reinforce notions of greatness, power, and potential. America came to be seen as a land where social justice was possible--where the poor and oppressed would find opportunity and freedom, where the ambitious and adventurous could make their fortune. Americans hold to a persistent belief in individual achievement--a conviction that hard work, talent, resourcefulness, and initiative will be rewarded.

All programs are Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Hayden H. Jones Auditorium.

  • August 26--Ragtime by E.D. Doctorow, discussion led by Nan Miller of Meredith College (retired). Book available July 29, 2013.
  • September 16--All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren, discussion led by Tom Douglass of East Carolina University.
  • October 7--Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand, discussion led by Willie Nelms of Sheppard Memorial Library (retired).
  • October 28--Noon Wine (short story in Pale Horse, Pale Rider) by Katherine Anne Porter, discussion led by Lynn Salsi, author, teacher, playwright, historian.
  • November 18--Dreaming in Cuban by Christina Garcia, discussion led by Sue Ross of Davidson College (retired).

To register call 638-7800.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and  affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina, and is sponsored by the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library.