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Staged readings of political women of Oklahoma

October 31, 2011
Story by Brian Smith, OSU Library Communications Intern

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For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The Oklahoma Oral History Research Program turns an oral history collection into a theatrical event called “Can’t Turn Me Around: Voices of Oklahoma Women in Politics,” Nov. 7 at 12:30.
 
Six actors will bring eight characters to life in staged readings from the OOHRP’s digital collections “Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project” and “Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.” The OOHRP collaborated with Maria Beach from the OSU theater department on this performance to involve student, faculty and community actors.

“The stories told by these women are so inspiring; it’s hard to understand why politics has a negative connotation,” said Julie Pearson-Little Thunder, visiting assistant professor with OOHRP. “Performing these stories is a great way to understand what these women have accomplished.  It’s transformative for the actors, and I hope it will be for the audience as well.”

The performance event will be held in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room and is free and open to the public.

Formally established in 2007, the OOHRP at the OSU Library has collected and preserved firsthand accounts from individuals who have played a part in Oklahoma’s history. The Program explores the lives and contributions of Oklahomans from all walks of life. To learn more about the OOHRP call 405-744-7685, email liboh@okstate.edu, or visit http://www.library.okstate.edu/oralhistory/.

For more information on this and other Library events, call 405-744-7331 or email lib-pub@okstate.edu.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system of interdisciplinary programs that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As 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 35,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 240,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall11/voices.htm
Last Updated: 31 October 2011

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Email: lib-pub@okstate.edu
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