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Program for Symposium, Fall 2010



The Center for Oklahoma Studies, OSU Libraries, and College of Arts and Sciences present:

Images of Oklahoma
October 8, 2010
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK
Willard Hall 010 (presentations) &
Murray Hall Parlor (lunch & reception)


9:00 — 9:15

Introduction, Dennis R. Preston, English Department & Co-Director, Center for
Oklahoma Studies, OSU

Welcome, Sheila G. Johnson, Dean, OSU Libraries

Welcome, Peter M. A. Sherwood, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, OSU

Session 1: Historical backgrounds; Chair, Michael F. Logan, Chair, Department of History, OSU

9:15 — 9:45 Ron McCoy, Department of History & Co-Director, Center for Oklahoma Studies,
OSU: Shape-shifting Oklahoma

9:45 — 10:15 Mary Larson, Head, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program & Co-Director,
Center for Oklahoma Studies & Tanya Finchum, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, OSU: Sense of place in Oklahoma oral histories

10:15 — 10:45 Steve Stadler, Department of Geography, OSU & Geographer of the State of
Oklahoma: Oklahoma place-names

10:45 — 11:00 Break

Session 2: Some geographies of Oklahoma; Chair, Dale Lightfoot, Head, Department of

Geography, OSU

11:00 — 11:30 Andy Wilkinson, Special Collections Librarian, Texas Tech University:
Re-imaging the Dust Bowl

11:30 — 12:00 Jess Porter, Department of Geography, University of Arkansas at Little Rock:
Where’s the Dust Bowl?

12:00 — 12:30 Alyson Greiner, Department of Geography, OSU: Imagining Oklahoma through
its New Deal-Era mural art

12:30 — 1:00 Brad Bays, Department of Geography, OSU: Barns and farm outbuildings of
Southwestern Oklahoma

1:00 — 2:15 Lunch (in Murray Hall Parlor)

Session 3: Vernacular geography; Chair, Tom Wikle, Associate Dean for Academic Programs,

College of Arts and Sciences, and Geography Department, OSU

2:15 – 2:45 Allen Finchum & Brad Bays, Department of Geography, OSU: The vernacular
regions of Oklahoma

2:45 — 3:15 Rebecca Sheehan & Jackie Vadjunec, Department of Geography, OSU: Oklahoma
no-man’s land

3:15 — 3:45 Dennis Preston, Department of English and Center for Oklahoma Studies, OSU &
Jon Bakos, English Department, OSU: Maps of Oklahoma speech

3:45 — 4:00 Break

4:00 — 5:00 Keynote address: Wilbur Zelinsky, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography,
Pennsylvania State University: Another look at vernacular regions and those fifty
American states. Introduction by Steve Tweedie, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, OSU.

5:00 — 5:15 Break (move to Murray Hall Parlor)

5:15 — 5:30 Louise Siddons, Curator of OSU Art Collections, Department of Art, OSU, Two
Oklahoma artists: Jacques Hans Gallrein and Doel Reed,

5:30 — 6:30 Reception (with regional music by Andy Wilkinson)

Willard Hall and Murray Hall are handicap accessible. Both have ramp access built into the main entrance, and Willard has elevators inside. (Room 0101 is in the basement.) Bathrooms are ADA compliant. Parking can be tight, but if you have a handicap parking tag, you will probably not have a problem. If you would like to verify the location and availability of handicap parking, call OSU’s Parking & Transit Services at 744-6525.

This symposium is presented by the Oklahoma State University Center for Oklahoma Studies, which is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Edmon Low Library, and Departments of English and History. Support for this symposium from the Department of Geography at Oklahoma State University and the assistance of Professor Allen Finchum of that department are gratefully acknowledged.

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.

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Further information about the Center for Oklahoma Studies and its programs and activities is available at its website: http://www.library.okstate.edu/cfos/

The Center for Oklahoma Studies (COS) serves as a gathering place for Oklahoma State University scholars and others whose work focuses on the 46th state, promoting activities that identify, examine, and disseminate aspects of the state’s richly textured, multicultural past that not only impact the present but also influence its future. Created to inspire interdisciplinary work and encourage an exchange of ideas, COS brings together a diverse group of individuals who contribute to the ever-expanding pool of knowledge about our State.

COS will make research results available and useful to the larger community of Oklahomans, in keeping with OSU's land grant mission of research, instruction, and outreach. OSU faculty and others carrying out research on Oklahoma-based topics can apply for affiliation with the Center on the basis of their interests, and COS will provide an up-to-date list of relevant courses taught by affiliates and a list of related programs and events on- and off-campus. COS will itself sponsor public presentations and events based on the work of its affiliates both on campus and in communities throughout the State.


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