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Big Ideas @ TU: Dietland

This spring, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is partnering with the University of Tulsa’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program to host our annual Big Ideas @ TU.  As part of our year-long focus on the theme of food we will host a community-wide discussion of Sarai Walker’s best-selling novel Dietland, a riotous look at the beauty industry where “Fight Club meets Margaret Atwood.”

Throughout January, we are giving away free copies of the book to the first thirty people who request one and we’ll follow this with two programs:

  • facebook-post-dietlandFirst, Dr. Jan Wilson, Associate Professor of History and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, will lead a discussion of the book for all those who have read or received a copy.  This special open seminar will meet on February 28th at 7pm in Tyrrell Hall.
  • Second, Sarai Walker, the book’s author, will visit campus and talk about how she came to the project after starting out as a writer for magazines like Seventeen and Mademoiselle.  Walker’s lecture will take place on March 9th at 7pm in Chapman Lecture Hall.

Both events are free and open to everyone.  To receive a copy of the book, simply drop by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities on the ground floor of Tyrrell Hall or send an email to  All copies include a bookmark with questions to think about as you read this hilarious yet provocative novel.