The Library’s The Big Read / Innocence Project speaker, October 12, 2011!

For several years the Library has been involved with the National Endowment for the Arts’ program The Big Read. Its intent is to encourage reading by having people read and discuss the same book.  We, the Library, have been able to provide hundreds of copies of books for OCCC faculty, students and staff use–  first Fahrenheit 451, then The Maltese Falcon and last fall and this fall, A Lesson Before Dying.

Bookcover image of A Lesson Before Dying

The novel, A Lesson Before Dying, is mostly about living in segregation in the South in the early 1960s, but at the end the hero is convicted of a crime he did not do and is imprisoned on death row.  Jumping off from that theme and in conjunction with Humanities Week and the AH division, we are inviting a speaker, Dennis Fritz, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life without parole in Oklahoma.  Dennis, and another man also wrongly convicted for the same crime, was finally freed thanks to The Innocence Project and DNA evidence.  Their stories point to a huge complexity of problems in our criminal justice system.

Dennis Fritz will be here to speak of his experience at OCCC in the CU 1-3 rooms on Wednesday, October 12th at 2:30 pm. He has written a book called Journey to Justice, and his and Ron Williamson’s, story is told in John Grisham’s novel The Innocent Man.

Submitted by: Rachel Butler, Interlibrary Loan/Reference Librarian

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