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Center for Oklahoma Studies Fall Symposium

Images of Oklahoma

October 1, 2010
Story by MArissa Chavez, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -Perspectives on locations have always been of interest to geographers. On Oct. 8, the Center for Oklahoma Studies offers a symposium on how Oklahomans and others view our state—not only from a physical, geographical perspective, but also from a cultural, historical and artistic standpoint.

“This is a wonderful chance for both the campus community and the general public to learn more about how our state is understood and perceived in the minds of Oklahomans and others,” said Mary Larson, professor and head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program and member of the Center for Oklahoma Studies.

The program runs 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in Willard Hall 010. Dr. Wilbur Zelinsky, professor emeritus from Penn State University, will give the keynote address at 4 p.m., followed by a reception in the Murray Hall parlor.

“The keynote address by Dr. Zelinksky is a rare opportunity to hear one of the most renowned cultural geographers of our time,” Larson said. “His book The Cultural Geography of the United States is considered a classic in the field.”

At the reception, OSU Art professor, Dr. Louise Siddons, will discuss the work of Oklahoma artists Jacques Hans Gallrein and Doel Reed. Their work will be on display from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and will be accompanied by music by folklorist Andy Wilkinson from Texas Tech University.

This symposium is presented by the Oklahoma State University Center for Oklahoma Studies and sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, OSU Library and departments of English and history. 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.

The event is open to the public. To register for this free event, visit www.library.okstate.edu/cfos/fall10registration.htm. For more information about this program, visit www.library.okstate.edu/cfos/events.htm or call 405-744-7331.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 32,000 students across its five-campus system and nearly 21,000 on its Stillwater campus; with students from all 50 states and about 110 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 200,000 students who have made a lasting impact on Oklahoma and the world. CREATE - INNOVATE - EDUCATE - GO STATE!

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall10/COS.htm
Last Updated: 1 October 2010

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