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Upcoming Events

Author Talk: Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz poster

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.


Recent Events

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.


May 20-June 4, 2014

Exhibit: Tony Tiger - Full Consciousness of Being

Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State University campus

Curated by Art History graduate students Michelle Rinard and Amy Nies, this exhibition focuses on the work of Tahlequah artist Tony Tiger. The exhibition and related programming were supported by the OSU Center for American Indian Studies, the Center for Oklahoma Studies, the Native American Faculty and Staff Association, and the OSU Gardiner Gallery of Art. Related oral history excerpts were provided by the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the OSU LIbrary.


March 7, 2014

Author Talk: Mary Jane Warde

Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University campus

Dr. Mary Jane Warde will discuss her most recent book, When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory. Light refreshments and a booksigning will follow the talk.


November 14, 2013

Oklahoma Ovation - Oklahoma Voices: An Interview with Teresa Miller

Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University campus

To celebrate Statehood Day (November 16), Teresa Miller will answer questions about Oklahoma authors past and present and what it means to have an "Oklahoma voice." The Executive Director of the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, Miller is known for her own literary output as well as for her insightful interviews of authors for the television program Writing Out Loud. She is the author of the novels Remnants of Glory and Family Correspondence. Her latest book is Means of Transit, which she calls "a slightly embellished memoir."


Fall 2013

Native American Writers of the Plains, Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma

Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma St

A series of humanities scholars will discuss four literary works by Native American authors: Fools Crow (James Welch), Mean Spirit (Linda Hogan), The Bingo Palace (Louise Erdrich), and Medicine River (Thomas King). Co-sponsored by the Center for Oklahoma Studies.

November 5 at 3:00 pm
Dr. Helen Clements will discuss Medicine River, by Thomas King

Book discussions will be held at 6:30 pm on the above days at the Stillwater Public Library.


October 10, 2013

Ralph Ellison Centennial Celebration

Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University campus

John F. Callahan, a distinguished scholar of American Literature, and African American literature in particular, will make a presentation on October 10th at 4:00 PM in the Browsing Room of the Library. He is currently Morgan S. Odell Professor of the Humanities at Lewis and Clark College and is Ralph Ellison’s literary executor, compiling from manuscripts and other sources Ellison’s posthumously published novel Juneteenth and more recently in 2010 Ellison’s 2nd unfinished novel Three Days before the Shooting. Dr. Callahan's visit is part of the Ralph Ellison Centennial Celebration and is sponsored by the American Studies Program, the Center for Africana Studies, and the Arts and Sciences Dean's office. The reception following the lecture is hosted by the Center for Oklahoma Studies.





Past Speakers and Events

Spring 2013 - One Book, One Community - Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie

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
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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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