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Annual Brazilian Student Luncheon
Each year the Center sponsors in partnership with the Tulsa Global Alliance a luncheon of traditional Brazilian food for a State Department sponsored delegation of Brazilian students and their Tulsa host families.The luncheon will take place at the home of the Center Director. Attendance is limited to Brazilian students and their host families, and members of the Tulsa Global Alliance Board of Directors.
Lecture Series in Pakistan
The Center Director has been invited to give a series of lectures in Pakistan. The lectures will include topics on American Highridge occoasion, the American System of governance and citizenship development.
Please contact the Center office for information.
March 26 (to be rescheduled)
The Emergence of Modern Brazil
OSU in partinership with Osher Lifelong Leraning Prgram is sponsoring a series of afternoon programs duirng the spring of 2015. The Center Director has been invited to give the lecture in March. The programs will take place at Ascension Luthern Church located at 48th and Lewis, Tulsa.
Free and open to the public; no advance registration required.
A Conversation with Henry McLeish
Henry McLeish, a former member of the British Parliament and former First Minister of Scotland has been a frequent visitor of the Center for the last two decades. He is returning this month and will be participating in the first of a series of "Fireseide Conversations", sponsored by the Center. These events will be limited to small groups of no more than 18 and will focus on informal conversation in shich all guests can participate.
Free and open to the public, please contact the Center office
at 918-660-3494 for details.
A Conversation with New York Times Foreign Correspondent Austin Ramzy
Austin Ramzy, a former Asian correspondent for Time magazine currently is a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and is based in Hong Kong. This is the second in the Center's series of "Fireside Conversations". The evening's discussions will focus oncurrent developments in China.
Free and open to the public. Please contact the Center office at 918-660-3494 for details.
The Center Director has been invited to give a talk to combined classes in the language program on the Metro Campus of TCC, room 617 at 7:00pm. Free and and open to the public, please call the Center office at 918-660-3494 for details.
Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the Tulsa City Council
The Tulsa City Council will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a special event. The Council has invited the Center Director, Rodger Randle to be the keynote speaker for the event.
Details to be announced.
"A Look at mondern Brazil and it's role in the contemporary world"
The Center Director has been invited to take part in the Great Decision Series sponsored by the Tulsa Library in cooperation with the American Foreign Policy Association. The speach will be at the Schusterman- Benson Library at 3333 East 32nd Place from noon till 1pm. It is free and and open to the public. For more information, please call Gretchen Hannefield at 918-549-7408 for details.
June 8 through August 8
Faces" an Exhibit of the photography of Prof. Rodger Randle
The lobby gallery of the Circle Cinema in Tulsa will be the location for a special exhibit of photography of the Center Director.
Circle Cinema is locatied at 10 South Lewis, Tulsa. No Reservations are required. It is free and open to the public.
Our friend Dr. Leroy Bridges passed away in December. He was for many years the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Political Communications Center at The University of Oklahoma.Dr. Bridges played a key role in assisting Dr. Bill Carmack inthe acquisition for OU of the Kantor Collection of political commercials, the largest such collection in the world.
With Dr. Bridges' passing, the Advisory Council of the OU Political Communications Center is in the process of being reorganized and updated. I'm chairing the committee of the Advisory Council charged with this work. Entrepreneur from Nepal Visits Oklahoma
Thanks to Tulsa Global Alliance, Judy and I had the opportunity to spend an evening with Meele Shrestha, an IT entrepreneur from Nepal. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the customs and culture of Nepal. To show Meele the diversity of Tulsa's cultures, we took her to a benefit dinner supporting Peruvian children, named in honor of our friend Tina Peña's mother. She enjoyed the authentic Peruvian dinner and music. Helsinki-España to Return to Tulsa...
As Honorary British Consul for Oklahoma, I had the pleasure of organizing a two day visit to Oklahoma for Mark Pritchard, a member of the British Parliament. It was my job to accompany him during the visit, but this was enjoyable. We met with the Mayor of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Attorney General, Justice Yvonne Kauger of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, plus other Oklahoma notables. Mr. Pritchard was accompanied by the Consul Officer from the British Consulate in Houston.
Miguel Rafael López Méndez...
Our Poetic Birthday Parties
Each year the Center holds small observances in honor of the birthdays of the portuguese poets Alberto Caeiro, Alvaro de Campos, and Ricardo Reis ...and also Fernando Pessoa. We do not advertise or promote these obsevances widely since the gerneral interest in these poets in Oklahoma is (shall we admit?) very limited. However, we do encourage those who are interested to contact us to that we may include you on our invitation list.
Center Director Rodger Randle is the Honourary British Consul in Oklahoma. He can be reached by phone at 918-779-4713. or through the offices of the Center.
Like all other British honourary consular offices, the Tulsa office is not authorized to issue passports or visas, nor do we handle passport or visa enquiries. Full visa information is available through the website of the British Embassy in Washington at http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk.
The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa is the champion for area arts and culture. Diverse education programs advance its mission to inspire creativity, foster appreciation, promote lifelong learning, enhance the quality of individual lives, and contribute economic vitality to the greater community. The Council partners with arts organizations, individual artists, patrons, school districts, educators, community groups, businesses and government.
To visit the website of the Arts a& Humanities Council click here.
The Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture is affiliated with the University of Oklahoma's Department of Human Relations, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees on the OU-Norman campus and a master's degree on the OU-Tulsa campus. For a brochure about the Master of Human Relations degree offered in Tulsa, please click here.
red and white at the top of the shield represent the colors of The University of Oklahoma. The gold sphere represents the autumn moon, pictured over the green mountains of the island of Rokovoko, as seen from the sea.
The motto of the Center is "Klaatu Barada Nikto!".
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The photos are from countries in Asia, South America, Europe, and Africa. The exhibit states, "This is an exhibit of photos about you ...an exhibit in which you are invited to look into the faces of people from distant places to see the reflection of yourself, and to remember that human values, hopes, and dreams are universal."
With each photo is paired a quotation suggested by the photo from one of Prof. Randle's favorite writers.
The Circle Cinema is located at 10 South Lewis in Tulsa. The Gallery is free and open to the public during the normal operational hours of the theatre.
Seven days in Cuba, plus an overnight stay in Miami, await the participants in the OU-Tulsa Cuba tour in early January. Cost for the tour will be about $3,500 per person. The price includes airfare, hotels, professional guides ...plus breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day.
Anyone interested in participating should contact the Prof. Rodger Randle at 1-918-660-3495 for additional details.
As part of the Center's ongoing partnership with the Organización de Desarollo Étnico Comunitario en Honduras, we will be presenting a one week program of leadership and English language training for young perople in La Ceiba, Honduras, in April. Although the week's activities are open to all, the training is primarily directed towards the Garífuna community.
Four professors have been confirmed. Leadership training is being led by the Center Director, and the English language instruction is being led by Daniel Chaboya of Tulsa Comminity College. The training program is being supported by the OU Department of Human Relations and the Center and Tulsa Community College.
Garífuna people are descendants of Carib, Arawak, and West African people, and they trace their heritage back to the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. Expelled from St. Vincent by the British in 1796, they were resettled on the island of Roatán off the coast of Honduras. Only about 2500 of them survived the forced voyage to Roatán. However, their population grew in the years following resettlement and many Garífunas moved to the Central American mainland and established isolated fishing communities along the coasts of Honduras, Nicaragua, and Belize. Up until recently, their isolation allowed the preservation of their indigenous culture, customs, and language. As Garífunas have continued to become assimilated into Hispanic culture, the preservation of their culture and language has been endangered. UNESCO has proclaimed the language, dance, and music of the Garifuna as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Henry McLeish was the inaugural guest for the Center's new series of "Fireside Conversations" that will feature small group visits with important figures in global arts, politics, and culture. The first event in the series was held in early March 2015.
Mr. McLeish has been a frequent visitor to the Center over the last two decades. Mr. McLeish's most recent book is "Rethinking Our Politics: The Political and Constitutional Future of Scotland and the UK." He has authored, or co-authored, over half a dozen other books.
Henry McLeish began his political career as a member of the City
Scottish flag Council in Fife, Scotland. He was later elected to the British Parliament and served as a member of the cabinet during the prime ministership of Tony Blair. He also played a key role in the process of creating devolution for Scotland, and was subsequently elected as a member of the first Scottish Parliament. He subsequently rose to become the First Minister of Scotland.
Mr. McLeish currently serves as a member of the Queen's Privy Council.
The second in the Center's new series of "Fireside Conversations" featured foreign correspondent Austin Ramzey.
Currently serving as foreign correspondent for the New York Times,
Mr. Ramzy is based in Hong Kong. His reports from Asia can regularly be read in the New York Times and in other publications.
Austin Ramzy is a former Beijing correspondent for TIME, beginning there in 2007. An Iowa native, he graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Asian Studies and completed journalism school at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously worked at TIME Asia's Hong Kong office.
Prof. Rodger Randle, Director of the Center, was a guest in Pakistan for a series of lectures and meetings in February.
The lectures were given in Lahore, Islamabad, and Gujranwala. In Islamabad he was the guest of the Pakistan Higher Education Commission and he spoke on the origins and development of contemporary higher education in America. The lecture was attended by top ranking officials from the Higher Education Commission and it was broadcast via videoconference to 43 different higher education campuses in Pakistan.
In Lahore, the Center Director was invited to give lectures on the American system of government and the role of the civil service. These lectures were sponsored by the Pakistan School of Public Policy and the audiences consisted of high-ranking civil servants from various sections of the country.
In Gujranwala the Director lecture to an audience of NGO leaders about the development of effective citizen participation in the governmental process.
Dr. Peter Gries' new book was published in 2014 by Stanford University Press. In this provocative book, he directly challenges the widely held view that partisan elites on Capitol Hill are out of touch with a moderate American public.
The Politics of American Foreign Policy weaves seamlessly together in-depth examinations of the psychological roots and foreign policy consequences of the liberal-conservative divide, the cultural, socio-racial, economic, and political dimensions of American ideology, and the moral values and foreign policy orientations that divide Democrats and Republicans.
The luncheon was held at the Tulsa Garden Center and was attended by well attended. Dr. Gries is the Newman Chair of US-China research at The University of Oklahoma and is a professor of international and area studies. He is a fluent speaker of Chinese.
For additional biographical information about Peter Gries, click here.
A long time friend of the Center, Vinicius Ribeiro scheduled a return trip to Oklahoma for mid-December as aguest of the Center to discuss the significance of the 2014 elections in Brazil and the future political and economic outlook for the country.
Sr. Ribeiro currently serves as a member of the House of Deputies in Rio Grande do Sul. He is a former member of the City Council in the city of Caxias do Sul, a city with a population equal to Tulsa's. A graduate architect, he is also a former director of municipal planning in the city. In the State of Rio Grande do Sul, he was selected as the "Architect of the Year" for 2014.
His visit to Tulsa included visits to governmental institutions, as well as with citizens in the Tulsa area and with faculty of The University of Oklahoma.
Guests at the event included John Kennedy (former Oklahoma Secretary of State), Mr. Wells, Sen. Jabar Shumate, Susan Savage (former Tulsa Mayor and former Oklahoma Secretary of State), and Sen. Brian Bingman, President Pro Tem of the Oklahoma Senate.
A veteran of 20 years of working with Latin America for the US State Department, Mark Wells recently assumed the key post of coordinator for Cuban policy. He has previously served in postings in Bogotá, Caracas, La Paz (Bolivia), and Monterrey, Mexico. He also served for a period in Iraq in the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He spoke at a luncheon sponsored by the Center on November 7 at OU-Tulsa and discussed historic American perspectives on Cuban diplomatic issues, as well as recent policy developments.
The luncheon was open to the public. Originally schedule to be held at the Tulsa Garden Center, it was moved to the OU-Tulsa campus because of the the unexpected number of requests for luncheon reservations.
The luncheon featured a buffet of traditional Cuban specialties.
For more information about Mark Wells, click here
Elected Governor of Oklahoma in 1966, Dewey Bartlett became Oklahoma's second Republican governor and the second Tulsan to be elected to the post. Before being elected governor, Bartlett was a member of the Oklahoma State Senate representing a district in Tulsa. Bartlett served one term as governor, but after leaving the governorship was subsequently elected twice to the United States Senate.
The conference on Bartlett will be the fourth in the series of conferences on Oklahoma governors. The conferences are held at the Oklahoma Historical Society in Oklahoma City and are co-sponsored by the Center, the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the OU Center for Political Communication. The Bartlett conference is been scheduled for Fall 2015 and is now in the planning stage.
Bartlett's son and daughter both have agreed to be on the program to talk about their father. Dewey Bartlet, Jr., currently serves as the Mayor of Tulsa.