coming activities

april 24
john steinbeck's america
David Wrobel, Dean of the OU College of Arts and Sciences, has just completed a book on the life of American author John Steinbeck. Steinbeck has special meaning for Oklahomans, of course, because of his book Grapes of Wrath. The talk by Dean Wrobel will provide insights into Steinbeck’s life and the enduring significance of the literature he produced.

This will be a noon event and will be held in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus.. There is no charge for attendance, but reservations are required. A light buffet lunch will be available for $10. The buffet line will open at 11:30am. For reservations, please call 918-660-3494 or by email dldavis@ou.edu .

april 26
legacy award dinner
Tulsa’s Greenwood Cultural Center will honor Center Director Rodger Randle at their annual Legacy Award Dinner.

The dinner will be held at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood, Tulsa. In addition to Director Randle, long-time civic and civil rights leader Mable Rice will be posthumously honored. Reception at 6:30pm and Dinner at 7:00pm. Ticket prices begin at $150. For questions and ticket information, please contact Frances Jordan-Rakestraw at 1-918-596-1025

April 30
gubernatorial forum
on human relations issues
(norman campus)

The announced candidates for Governor of both parties have been invited to a forum on human relations issues in Oklahoma. (More information will be added nearer the date of the event. This Forum is sponsored by the OU Dept. of Human Realtions and is being organized by the Center. All arrangements, at this point, are tentative)

This event will begin at 11:45am and end at 1:15pm and will be held in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus.. There is no charge for attendance, but reservations are required. A light buffet lunch will be available for $7. The buffet line will open at 11:15am. For reservations, please call 918-660-3494 or by email dldavis@ou.edu .

august 8
former gov. frank keating
The Center is honored to have former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating as our speker in August. (The title of his talk has not yet been announced.)

This will be a noon event and will be held in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus.. There is no charge for attendance, but reservations are required. A light buffet lunch will be available for $10. The buffet line will open at 11:30am. For reservations, please call 918-660-3494 or by email dldavis@ou.edu .


recent activities

april 5
Interfaith Dialog Annual Dinner
The Center hosted this year this annual dinner. The Speaker was Susan Savage, former Tulsa Mayor. Honorees were David Wiggs, Senior Pastor at Boston Avenue Methodist Church, State Rep. Regina Goodwin, and the Say No to Hate Campaign.

This event will began at 5:30pm in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus

march 20
perspectives on the future of south africa
Oklahoma State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Program featured Center Director Rodger Randle.

The program was held at the activity center at Central Park jlfigart@gmail.com .

march 12,13
Report from Europe

The Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish was the Center's guest to participate in a seminar sponsored by the Center. During his visit he was also spekaer for a dinner event sponsored by the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations.

february 13
somebody's lying...
the press? the president?

Mark Singer, New Yorker writer and Tulsa native will provide his observations about what's going on in America and
what can be done about it.
For more information, click here.

This was a noon event held at Congregation B'Nai Emunah, 1719 South Owasso.

februar 7
crossing the mason-dixon Line
Beloved Tulsa author Clifton Taulbert talked about his life and experiences as reflected in the books he has written.

This lecture was held on the OU-Tulsa campus.

February 1 the brazil briefing
Local Brazilian leaders, plus selected Tulsa faculty and staff, were invited to a luncheon with Dr. Mark Langevin, head of the Brazil Initiative at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Dr. Langevin’s visit to Oklahoma was organized and sponsored by the Center

This lecture was held on the OU-Tulsa campus.

january 31 brazil:
the outlook for the future


Dr. Mark Langevin, head of the Brazil Initiative at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, will will give an overview of the political and economic perspective for Brazil.

This lecture was sponsored by the OU College of International Studies on the Norman campus in co-operation with the Center.

november 17
the fall of rome
Dr. Kyle Harper was named Provost of the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman in 2015. A faculty member in OU’s Department of Classics and Letters, Harper also serves as director of OU’s Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage.

This event was open to the community and was held in Founders Hall on the OU-Tulsa campus.

November 10, 2017
Current African-American Issues in Oklahoma
Part Three of a Series on
Diversity in Oklahoma:

The discussion will foce on the place and progress of African-Americans in Oklahoma. Our panel resources will include Jabar Shumate, OU’s Vice President for the University Community, Judy Eason-McIntyre, former State Senator from Tulsa (and Jonathan Townsend from Mayor Bynum’s office has been invited but is not yet confirmed).  Ashley Philippsen with Leadership Tulsa will lead the conversation.

This event was open to OU-Tulsa students, faculty, and saff, as well as the Tulsa coummunity, and was held on the OU-Tulsa campus. For more information, contact the Center Director, Rodger Randle, by email at randle@ou.edu .

24 de octubre

la cultura americana
vs. la cultura europea

Como parte del seminario “Camino de Santiago y Europa” patrocinado por la red internacional Grupo Compostela, la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, y la Cátedra del Camino, que se realizará los días 23, 24, y 25 de octubre en Santiago de Compostela en España, el Director de Centro, Prof. Rodger Randle, presentará una conferencia sobre las origines y los significados de las diferencias entre las culturas de Europa y los EEUUA. (The Center Director will speak on differences between European and American cultures.)

Este seminario fue realizado en la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela en la ciudad del mismo nombre en Galicia (Galiza), España. Para más información, contacte al Prof. Randle.

October 20, 2017
The Rise of the Hispanic/Latino Community
Part Two of a Series on
Diversity in Oklahoma:

Tina Peña will be on the panel, and also Omar Cisneros. Tina will focus on diversity within the Hispanic community and Omar, former head of the Hispanic Student Association at TCC, will talk about the Hispanic community from a young person's perspective

This event was open to OU-Tulsa students, faculty, and saff, as well as the Tulsa coummunity, and was held on the OU-Tulsa campus. For more information, contact the Center Director, Rodger Randle, by email at randle@ou.edu .

October 16, 2017
The New Face of Religious Diversity in Oklahoma
Part One of a Series on
Diversity in Oklahoma:

The topic will be the expanding face of religious diversity in our state. We will have representatives from the Buddhist and Hindu temples, among others.

This event was open to OU-Tulsa students, faculty, and saff, as well as the Tulsa coummunity, and was held on the OU-Tulsa campus. For more information, contact the Center Director, Rodger Randle, by email at randle@ou.edu .

september 19
the meeting of the mayors
Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will will be the Center's guests for a joint program. Mayor Cornett is one of the longest serving mayors in the USA and GT Bynum is one of America's most junior mayors. The even will be an opportunity for Mayor Cornett to pass on wisdom gained from his years of service in OKC, and both mayors will discuss the outlook for Oklahoma's future.

This lecture was held on the OU-Tulsa campus. For more information, contact the Center Director, Rodger Randle, by email at randle@ou.edu.

september 18
constitution day
The Center will agin take the lead for Constitution Day activities in 2017 at OU-Tulsa. In addition to a luncheon talk about "America in the Time of the Constitution" by Center Director Rodger Randle, the Center has prepared a webpage with self-study options to learn more about the Constitution. (Click here for the Center's Constitution Day website.)

Lunch will begin at noon on Monday, September 18, Room 1J10 in the OU-Tulsa Main Academic Building. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Denise at 918-660-3494, or by email to dldavis@ou.edu.

june 21
oklahoma: a future at risk
A group of more than a dozen distinguished senior Oklahoma statesman are being assembled to discuss current directions in Oklahoma government and the significance of these directions for our state’s future.

12:00pm, The Faculty House, 601 NE 14th Street, Oklahoma City. Limited seating will be available for observers. For more information, contact the Center Director, Rodger Randle, by email at randle@ou.edu .

july (date tba)
the view from across the rio bravo
Following the Center Director’s visit to northern Mexico in April to lecture on Mexican American relations, he will provide a report on the perspectives he finds among Mexican academics and grassroots political leaders on the growing tensions between our two countries.
Location, date, and time to be announced.



recent past events

june 20
the future of journalism
Over the last decade and more, journalism has been undergoing dramatic transformations. Where are these changes taking us? ...and what does all this mean for American democracy? Confirmed participants on the panel include Ed Kelley, Dean of OU's Gaylord College of Journalism, and Susan Ellerbach, Executive Editor of the Tulsa World newspaper.

This will be a luncheon talk that will begin at 12:00pm in Founders Hall in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus. A light buffet lunch will be available for $5, and the buffet line will open a little after 11:30am. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Denise at 918-660-3494,
or by email to dldavis@ou.edu.

june 9queen
celebration of
the queen's official birthday

The Center for Studies and Democracy and Culture hosts the Honorary British Consulate in Oklahoma. The Queen’s Official Birthday is the national day for the United Kingdom and was celebrated in Tulsa with a reception and performance of British songs by noted Tulsa singer Lindsey McKee, a native of England.

may 11
my love affair
with the english language

Tulsa's beloved Connie Cronley presented a talk on writing and writers and the English language. For many years, Connie has been one of our city’s most noted personalities and her presentations are always received enthusiastically.

april 28
america and russia,
trump and putin
Tulsa is fortunate to be the home of one of America's premier experts on Russia. Dr. Robert Donaldson, former President of the University of Tulsa, holds a PhD from Harvard where he specialized in Russian studies. His talk surveyed US-Russian relations, as well as analyzing the personal relationship between Trump and Putin.

17 y 18 de abril
américa y méxico
en la época de trump

Prof. Rodger Randle, Director del Centro, con estudiantes del Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey en Nuevo León y dio una conferencia abierta al publico en el Colegio de Tamaulipas en la Ciudad Victoria sobre el futuro de relaciones entre los dos países vecinos: ¿Lo que significará la política de Trump hacia México de verdad?
(en español, sin traducción al inglés)

april 4
the outlook for afghanistan
The Hon. Hamudullah Mohib, Ambassador to the United States from Afghanistan, was the Center’s guest for a luncheon talk that was attended by over 200 guests on the OU-Tulsa campus. The ambassador discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and the outlook for future peace and stability. A dinner was organized by the Center for the following day in Norman for OU faculty and dignitaries.

march 30
great decisions
The "Great Decisions" group that meets at St. John's Episcopal Church welcomed Center Director Rodger Randle for a presentation on the current political situation in South America, as well as relations between Latin America and the United States

february 20
report from brazil
Floriano Filho, journalist with Radio Senado in Brasília, Brazil, was the Center’s guest on February 20 for a talk on current political and economic developments in Latin America's largest country. A luncheon event was held at OU-Tulsa.

february 14
report from scotland
The Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish, former member of the British Parliament and former member and First Minister in the Scottish Parliament, was a guest of the Center on February 14. His talk discussed Brexit, Scottish independence, and developments in British American relations since Trump assumed the US presidency.

 

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