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Report from London
Richard Hyde, the new British Consul General for our region of the United States will be our guest for a luncheon talk on current developments in the United Kingdom.
October 23
The luncheon will be held in Founders Hall in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus at 41st and Yale. No charge for attending. A light buffet lunch will be available for purchase for $10, or you may bring your own lunch. For more information about attending, please call Denise at 1-918-660-3494 or click here to make reservations by email.
United Nations Association of Eastern Oklahoma Annual Banquet
This year the UN Association will honor Prof. Rodger Randle with its Amb. Ed Corr Award. The dinner speaker will be British Consul General Richard Hyde.
October 24
For more information, click here to go to the Eventbrite website for the dinner.
( Not sponsored by CSDC )
Lunch with Tulsa Community College President Dr. Leigh Goodson
Following the large event on education organized by the Center on August 7, several follow-up activities have been put together to explore in greater detail specific areas of education. Higher education will be the topic of discussion in a small group luncheon with Dr. Leigh Goodson, President of Tulsa Community College
October 30
The luncheon will be held at the Creativity Center on the TCC Metro Campus. For more information about attending, please call Denise at 1-918-660-3494 or click here to make reservations by email.
Urban Planning in Tulsa
As a follow-up to Mayor Mick Cornett’s speech on “The Next American City”, the Center is organizing a visit to the headquarters of the Indian Nations Council of Governments in Tulsa where we will be briefed on regional planning processes in the Tulsa area, including the role of the citizen in the planning process.
November
Details of the date and time will be announced. To be notified once details are announced, please call Denise at 1-918-660-3494 and she will add you to the invitation list or click here to to added to the list by email.
As the World Turns: Brexit
Our friend Henry McLeish is returning from the United Kingdom to update us on the ups and downs of Brexit policies as seen from a Scottish perspective. When originally scheduled, this talk would be given two weeks after the UK’s exit from the European Union ...but the Brexit timeline has changed.
November 14
This will be a luncheon program at the Tulsa Garden Center. Additional details will be posted closer to the actual date of the event.
Global Strategy: Perspectives for 2020
Shawn Powers, Acting Chief Strategy Officer for the United States Agency for Global Media, will be our guest to discuss strategic challenges facing our country in the coming year. (This is a cooperative program organized in partnership with the Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships.)
November 15
This will be a luncheon program. Location to be announced.
"My Life, Best I'Member":
George Nigh
George Nigh, the longest serving Governor in Oklahoma history, will be our guest for a luncheon talk about his life in Oklahoma politics and government.
December 10
The luncheon will be held in Founders Hall in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus at 41st and Yale. No charge for attending. A light buffet lunch will be available for purchase for $10, or you may bring your own lunch. For more information about attending, please call Denise at 1-918-660-3494 or click here to make reservations by email.
International Conference
on Quality of Life,
Education, and Health.
Prof. Rodger Randle will be a featured speaker. This conference is a follow-up to the one held in 2019, in which the Center Director spoke on the future of education and on public administration best practices.
February 3-5, 2020
The conference will be held on the campus of the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. For more information contact Prof. Randle.
Travels in Pakistan
As part of the program “Travels with Tulsans”, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Prof. Randle will talk about his experiences in Pakistan.
February 12
The program will be held at the Tulsa Central Library (400 Civic Center) from 12:10 PM till 12:50 PM.. No charge for attending, and guests are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunch. The event is open to the public and reservations are not required.
( Not sponsored by the Center )


Reception for Valledupar Students
The Center is participating in an ongoing exchange project with the city of Valledupar, Colombia. Tulsa Community College is leading the project. During the month of October Tulsa is hosting nearly two dozen students from that city.
October 18
The reception was held at the home of the Center Director.
Responding to Hate and Bias on Campus
The Director of the Center was invited by TCC to be a presenter on one of its programs on the college's Northeast Campus organized to discuss intercultural engagement and outreach, as well as identify strategies for buidling better community understanding among diverse populations. This is an example of the Center's ongoing connections to the Tulsa area community.
October 14
( Not sponsored by the Center )
Trump and American/Mexican Relations
The Center Director spoke in Monterrey, Mexico about the impact of domestic American politics and its impact on Mexican American relations, sponsored by the Dept. of International Relations of the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey
October 7
( Not sponsored by the Center )
Lunch with OU-Tulsa President Dr. John Schumann
Following the large event on education organized by the Center on August 7, several follow-up activities have been put together to explore in greater detail specific areas of education. Higher education was the topic of discussion in a luncheon with Dr. John Schumann, President of OU-Tulsa.
September 27
The luncheon was held at OU-Tulsa.
New Developments in Asia
Harvard’s Theodore Gilman was our guest to discuss Asia. Dr. Gilman heads the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. His visit was jointly sponsored with Dean Randy Kluver and the OSU School of Global Studies and Partnerships.
September 27
Charter Schools
We visited the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences as one of the follow-up activities from the large event on education that was held on August 7. Dr. Ellen McCoy, Director of the School, lead a tour and discussion. Also participating was Dr. Eric Doss of the Public School Resource Center and Nikhil Kawira of Collegiate Hall Charter School. Center Director Rodger Randle, moderated.
September 19
The program was held at the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences, across from historic Owen Park.
The Next American City
Mick Cornett, former mayor of Oklahoma City, talked about his book “The Next American City”. Mayor Cornett was named in 2018 by Fortune magazine as one of the top 50 leaders in the world.
September 18
The event was held in Founders Hall on the OU-Tulsa campus.
Constitution Day
The Center lead OU-Tulsa’s observance of Constitution Day again in 2019. The program featured a talk on “America in the Time of the Constitution”.
Tuesday, September 17
This is an annual event held as part of OU-Tulsa's observance of Constitution Day.
Exploring Modern Africa
The Center was honored to host two visiting professors from Mozambique for a two week visit to Oklahoma. The schedule included multiple small meetings in the Tulsa area, plus a formal faculty luncheon on the main OU campus in Norman.
September 1 - September 16
Back When Politics Was Fun
August 27
The Center Director spoke at the Epworth Community Center in Oklahoma City.
( Not sponsored by CSDC )
The Economics of Africa
Dr. Moussa Blimpo, senior economist in the Africa section of the World Bank in Washington, D.C., spoke on the economic prospects for the future of Africa. This was the second in our special series of programs on Africa.
July 17 and 18
Dr. Blimpo was the Center’s guest for a series of activities and presentations, both on and off the OU-Tulsa campus.
Building Global Bridges
July 8
The Center Director spoke at Methodist Manor in Tulsa about the history and importance of America’s Sister Cities program. Prof. Randle is a former national president and chairman of Sister Cities International.
( Not sponsored by the CSDC )
Oklahoma in Popular Culture
Dr. Bob Blackburn, Director of the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, gave a speech titled “From Will Rogers to Donald Duck: How Popular Culture Reflects Oklahoma History”.
Tuesday, July 2
The luncheon was held in Founders Hall on the OU-Tulsa campus. Over 200 attended.
Freshman Report
What is it actually like to be a member of the Oklahoma Legislature? We asked four freshmen members of the House of Representatives to come and report on their experiences as first year legislators. Our guests were Reps. Denise Brewer, John Waldron, Mark Vancuren, and Jeff Boatman.
June 28
The event was held in the OU-Tulsa Faculty Lounge
Africa’s Path to the Future
The first of the series of events focused on Africa occured on June 21. Our guest was Sherman Banks, Honorary Consul of Ghana. He is located in Little Rock and serves our region of the USA.
June 20 and 21
(Multiple events were held.)
Hosting Russian Delagation
June 17
The Center briefed visitors from Russia who were in the US as guests of the Department of State on the American experience of citizen diplomacy.
Kristin Stewart, Diplomat
June 7
Kristin Stewart, OU’s Diplomat-in-Residence on the Norman campus was our guest for a program in which she talked about the human side of the life of a US Foreign Service Officer.
The event was held in the OU-Tulsa Faculty Lounge
Sovereignty Symposium
June 5
The Center Director served as a panel co-chair at the annual event in Oklahoma City that brings together Oklahoma tribes and nations, as well as international scholars.
( Not sponsored by CSDC )
Dr. Zidane Zeraoui
May 13 and 14
Prof. of International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, Dr. Zeraoui was the Center’s guest for two days of programs on American/Mexican relations and global politics. Events were held on and off campus, and separate functions focused on students, staff, and community leaders.
(Multiple events were held during his visit.)
Dr. Judith Jerome
April 1
Dr. Jerome was the Center’s guest for an evening coffee and dessert conversation about tracing American family roots. She was in Tulsa as part of her own roots tracing project.

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Prof. Rodger A. Randle, Director
The University of Oklahoma Tulsa
4502 East 41st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135
Telephone: 1-918-660-3495
Email: randle@ou.edu

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