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John Steinbeck’s Portrayal of America

Norman, Oklahoma
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Western History professor David Wrobel of the University of Oklahoma argues that John Steinbeck’s literature reveals a great deal about American History. Wrobel was one of several professors featured at an all-day “Teach-In” hosted by the University of Oklahoma. The theme of the day was the Great Depression and World War II. University President David Boren, who has served as Oklahoma’s Governor as well as in the U.S. Senate, does the introduction.

Updated: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10:52am (ET)

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