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November 10, 2011

“Oklahoma Ovation” examines Langston impact

Dr. Darnell Williams keynotes Statehood Day talk


“Oklahoma Ovation,”  an annual Statehood Day event hosted by the OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies, will feature Dr. Darnell Williams, retired Langston University professor.

The event begins 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library. Williams will focus on the impact both the city of Langston and Langston University have had on African-American education in Oklahoma and the nation. A question and answer session follows.

“Many people don’t understand how critical the town and the university were to Oklahoma’s development,” said Mary Larson, head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program. “We look forward to Dr. Williams’ discussion of the important role they played in the state’s growth.”

Williams has been involved in multi-cultural education, including bilingual education and English as a second language, for more than 43 years. In 1988, he accepted employment at Langston University and served as Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

“Oklahoma Ovation” celebrates Oklahoma’s Statehood Day by highlighting research by Oklahomans and about the state. Statehood Day is officially recognized on Nov. 16 each year.

The OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies is sponsoring this event. The center is part of a University initiative to encourage interdisciplinary work. The Library’s Oklahoma Oral History Research Program partnered with the English and history departments to create the Center for Oklahoma Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Mary Larson at 405-744-6588 or at mary.larson@okstate.edu.

For media purposes, an abstract of the talk and Dr. Williams' photograph and biography are available.

January 15, 2010

Geronimo

Center for Oklahoma Studies Spring Symposium

Geronimo: Warrior of an American Dream

The Center is sponsoring two events on February 16th to honor the prominent American Indian leader and help separate legend from life. The first will be a symposium, held in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library, on the OSU campus, from 2:00 - 4:45 pm. Speakers will include:

  • Bob Blackburn, Executive Director, Oklahoma Historical Society

  • Paul Hutton, Distinguished Professor of History, University of New Mexico & Executive Director of Western Writers of America

  • George Moses, Professor of History, Oklahoma State University

  • Rawdon Tomlinson, author of Geronimo after Kas-ki-yeh


  • At 7:00 pm in room 313 of the Classroom Building, there will be a screening of Geronimo: An American Legend, with introductory remarks by Robert J. Conley, poet and author of the novelization of the film's screenplay.

For more information about this or other OSU Library programs, visit www.library.okstate.edu or call 405-744-7331.


November 11, 2009

Oklahoma Ovation Celebrates Statehood

Story by Marissa Chavez, OSU Library Communications Intern

STILLWATER -Oklahoma may be a young state but it is rich in history and culture: Jim Barnes, Oklahoma’s 2009 Poet Laureate, has proved that through his poetry. The Edmon Low Library welcomes him on Nov. 20 to commemorate Statehood Day.

“We wanted to bring a speaker in who could talk about Oklahoma in a meaningful way,” said Mary Larson, professor and head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program and member of the Center for Oklahoma Studies.

Barnes will speak in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library, at 3:30 p.m. A book sale and signing reception will follow.

Barnes has published eight books of poetry, two of poetry in translation, one of criticism and an autobiography. Many of his works have been honored, including The Sawdust War, which received the Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry.

“Barnes grew up in Oklahoma and has written beautiful things about the state, so he’s a great representative for statehood week,” Larson said.

Oklahoma Ovation is held each year to celebrate Oklahoma’s admission as a state. Last year’s event featured award-winning, Oklahoma author Rilla Askew.

The OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies is sponsoring this event. The center is part of a new University initiative to encourage interdisciplinary work. The Library’s Oklahoma Oral History Research Program partnered with the English and history departments to create the Center for Oklahoma Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this or other OSU Library programs, visit www.library.okstate.edu or call 405-744-7331.
November 4, 2008

Rilla Askew Discusses Oklahoma

Author appears Nov. 13 to commemorate Statehood Day

Story by Maggie Kierl, OSU Library Communications Intern

STILLWATER - Oklahoma author Rilla Askew presents "Oklahoma: Penumbra and Paradox," Thurs. Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room. The talk will commemorate Oklahoma Statehood Day. A book sale and signing reception will follow.

"When I heard Rilla's acceptance speech for a national writing award I knew she'd be the perfect person to launch our annual Statehood Day Lecture series. The breadth, depth, subtlety and directness of her words speak to the power and richness of the Oklahoma experience," said Ron McCoy, history professor and member of the newly formed Center for Oklahoma Studies.

Askew has received three Oklahoma Book Awards, two Western Heritage Awards, an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and a Myers Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. She is the author of The Mercy Seat, Fire in Beulah and Harpsong.

Rilla Askew was born in southeastern Oklahoma, a fifth-generation descendant of southerners who settled in the Choctaw Nation in the late 1800s. Askew’s roots go deep in the Sans Bois country, where her family still lives, but she grew up fifty miles from Tulsa in the oil company town of Bartlesville. It was there she first encountered the complex forces of race, class and societal opinion: elements she continues to explore in her fiction.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Friends of the OSU Library and the OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies. For more information about this event, visit www.library.okstate.edu or call 405-744-7331.

 

 
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