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Recent Events

Author Talk: Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

March 25, 2015, 3:30 pm, Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, OSU Library

Author and activist Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz was born in Oklahoma and is perhaps best known in her home state for her book Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie, but she has a host of other notable publications to her credit, as well. On March 25th, she will present a lecture on her most recent publication, An Indigenous People's History of the United States. (http://www.beacon.org/An-Indigenous-Peoples-History-of-the-United-States-P1041.aspx) This talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Oklahoma Studies.

Exhibit: Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry

October 22-December 12, 2014, Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, OSU Library

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University from October 22-December 12, 2014.

The exhibition recalls a tragic period in our history — the drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc on the Great Plains in the 1930s — and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. It raises several thought-provoking questions: What caused fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons can we learn?

The Dust Bowl was one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in American history. This exhibition delves into the history and geography behind the Dust Bowl, and also provides a human element; through the words of the survivors themselves, we learn what it was like to live through such a difficult time.

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including lectures and film screenings, as well as locally produced exhibits. The exhibition and programs feature several overlapping humanities themes: the nature of the connection between humans and nature; the many ways human beings respond to adversity; and how people came to understand and to describe their experiences living through the Dust Bowl.

The exhibition was organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Oklahoma State University Library, and the Mount Holyoke College Library. It was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours. For more information, please refer to the press kit or contact Mary Larson at mary.larson@okstate.edu.

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry Events:

Lecture: The Dust Bowl, Considered and Reconsidered, by Dr. Alvin Turner

October 28, 2014, 4:00 pm, Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, OSU Library

When drought struck Oklahoma in the 1930s, Caroline Henderson and her husband stayed behind to protect
their 28-year-old farm. Her letters to a friend paint a picture of dire poverty, desiccated soil, and long days
with no sunshine. Turner will speak on his research for and involvement with editing Caroline Henderson’s
“Letters from the Dust Bowl.”

Screening: Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl (Parts I and II)

November 2 (Part I) and November 9 (Part II), 2014, 2:00-4:30 pm, Stillwater Public Library

The Dust Bowl chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. Vivid interviews
with 26 survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage,
bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance.

Lecture: Voices from the Dust: Oklahoma Women Tell Their Stories, by Dr. Jennifer Paustenbaugh

November 10, 2014, 3:30 pm, Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, OSU Library

Dr. Jennifer Paustenbaugh of Brigham Young University (formerly of OSU) will discuss the creation of
the “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” Oral History Project for the OSU Library and talk about her
experiences interviewing women in Oklahoma.

Science Cafe: Monitoring and Dealing with Drought, with Dr. Jason Warren and Mr. Al Sutherland

November 18, 2014, 6:30 pm, Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, OSU Library

Book talk: "Wind Whisteled, sad tunes all after noon": Two Women's Chronicles from the Dust Bowl, by Dr. Mary Larson

December 2, 2014, 6:30 pm, Stillwater Public Library

Larson will present a talk on two books that touch on key issues from the traveling exhibit -- Letters from
the Dust Bowl
and Waiting on the Bounty. Selections from the books will be available at the OSU Library and
Stillwater Public Library.






Past Speakers and Events

May 20-June 4, 2014 - Exhibit: Tony Tiger - Full Consciousness of Being (Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State University campus, co-sponsored by COS)
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March 7, 2014 - Author Talk: Mary Jane Warde speaking on When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory
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November 14, 2013 - Oklahoma Ovation - Oklahoma Voices: An Interview with Teresa Miller
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October 10, 2013 - Ralph Ellison Centennial Celebration
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Fall 2013 - Native American Writers of the Plains, Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma
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Spring 2013 - One Book, One Community - Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie (co-sponsored by COS)

November 2 and 3, 2012 - COS Fall Symposium, with The 198 String Band (Dust Bowl Cabaret and Teacher's Workshop)
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October 17, 2012 - The Lives, the Legends, and the Legacies: Voices from the O-STATE Stories Oral History Project
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February 20, 2012 - Photographer Kelly Kerr
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November 10, 2011 - Oklahoma Ovation, Educator Darnell Williams
     Abstract, Dr. Williams' biography

October 8, 2010 - COS Fall Symposium, with keynote speaker Wilbur Zelinsky
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February 16, 2010 - COS Spring Symposium, with Bob Blackburn, Robert Conley, Paul Hutton, George Moses, and Rawdon Tomlinson. PDF Poster

November 20, 2009 - Oklahoma Ovation, Oklahoma Poet Laureate Jim Barnes
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November 4, 2008 - Oklahoma Ovation, Author Rilla Askew
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