jazzHickory – Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is sponsoring a six-week “Let’s Talk About It” film viewing and discussion series.  The series is entitled “Looking at:  Jazz, America’s Art Form.”  The series sessions are Tuesday evenings on September 5, 12, 19, and 26, and October 10, and 17, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

“Let’s Talk About It” programs are made available through the North Carolina Humanities Council in order to encourage scholars and community members to explore how selected materials illuminate a particular theme.  The current series 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 innovation. The history of jazz is much more than the history of an extraordinary musical genre – it is also the story of central social, political and cultural issues of the 20th century that continue to play a part in our fledgling 21st.  The scholars are Dr. Bruce Dick and Dr. Leon Lewis, Department of English professors at Appalachian State University.

The “Let’s Talk About It” programs are made possible through the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council 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.  “Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form” is a Film and Discussion project for non-profit organizations and libraries from National Video Resources and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the American Library Association.

The “Let’s Talk About It” film and discussion series sessions are free and open to the public.  Registration is not required.  For more information, please call 304-0500 ext. 7235.

All sessions are held at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library which is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.