coming activities in 2018
You are invited to join us!



october 21-24
the verdict (tv program)
The television talkshow "The Verdict" this week features the Center Director, Rodger Randle, as the special guest.

The show will air on Cox Communications Channel 3 in Tulsa and on Cox Channel 3 in Oklahoma City. On Sunday, October 21, it will be shown at 9:00 AM, on the following Monday at 9:30 AM, and on the following Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 AM.

november 7
the morning after: a analysis of the american elections from a european perspective
Henry McLeish, prominent Scottish political figure, will return to Tulsa in November to observe the 2018 American elections. On Wednesday, the day after the elections, he will provide an analysis of how the American scene is perceived in Europe and how Europe will read the meaning of the elections.

Reservations required! A light lunch will be available for $15 (or you may bring your own lunch ...in this case, a contribution of $5 is requested). The buffet line opens at 11:45am. The event will be held in the South Room
of the Tulsa Garden Center,
2435 S. Peoria, Tulsa. For reservations or for more information, contact dldavis@ou.edu by email,or 918-660-3494 by telephone.
organized and sponsored by the Center


past activities in 2018

october 13
noche de gala
The 2018 dinner of the Tulsa Hispanic American Foundation was an elegant evening of dining and dancing to live music. The theme for this year’s Noche de Gala was Brazil. The Honorary Hosts for 2018 are Prof. Randle and his wife, Judy.

The banquet was held at Tulsa’s Southern Hills Country Club.

october 16
great decisions: venezuela
The Tulsa Great Decision group that meets at the Kaiser Library invited Prof. Randle to speak on the current situation in Venezuela and the outlook
for the nation’s future.

2:00pm - 4:00pm, Kaiser Library, 5202 S. Hudson, Tulsa. For information on attending, contact Denise at dldavis@ou.edu

october 18
dinner in honor of
the mayor of celle, germany

Tulsa Global Alliance (TGA) leads an active program of Sister City relationships. In support of TGA, the Center will hosted a private dinner for the Mayor of Tulsa’s Sister City, Celle, Germany, and the members of his delegation.


organized and sponsored by the Center

october 2
working across cultures
Oral Roberts University’s Global Week 2018 featured Prof. Rodger Randle. He spoke about the importance of understanding world cultures.

The event was held at Oral Roberts University.

october 8
preserving chickasaw heritage
Tony Perry, a Tulsa native and member of the Chickasaw Nation, was our guest to discuss his new novel, Chula the Fox. The novel is for pre-teens and has just been released by the Chickasaw Press as part of the tribe’s efforts to preserve and pass on to new generations tribal heritage.
Tony currently lives in England.

This is a luncheon event that was held
in the OU-Tulsa Faculty Lounge.
organized and sponsored by the Center

september 29
oklahoma educators
hall of fame

Dr. Charles Abramson of Oklahoma State University was inducted as a member of the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame. He was nominated for the honor by Center Director Rodger Randle, and his introduction at the banquet
was made by Randle.

The induction banquet will be held at the Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. the event is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma chapters of Phi Delta Kappa International.
For more information contact
Dr. Sharon Lease at 405-692-3190.

august 27
digging in the desert
Eli Dollarhide, an award winning young archaeologist who has just completed a project funded by the British Museum in Oman, will bring us stories about life on an archaeological dig in the desert. Eli is based in New York City, but he will be traveling to Tulsa at the Center’s invitation.

Both luncheon and evening events will be held during Eli’s visit. There will be a small luncheon limited to no more than 20 people on the OU-Tulsa campus, and in the evening, there will be a dessert and coffee discussion at the home of the Center Director. Both events are open to the public as long as reservations have been made in advance. If you would like to participate in either of the activities, please contact Denise at 918-660-3494 or by email at dldavis@ou.edu. She will be happy to add you to the list of guests and to provide you additional details about the event. Reservations
may be made up until August 25.
organized and sponsored by the Center

september 3-6
international security
and social justice

Prof. Rodger Randle, Dir. of the Center will present a series of lectures at UniCEUB University in Brasilia, Brazil. Each morning a lecture in the series will be given on the Aguas Claras campus and in the afternoon the same lecture will be repeated at the main campus in Brasilia. (The program will be conducted in Portuguese and simultaneous translation will not be available.)

For additional details, please contact
Prof. Randle at randle@ou.edu.

august 8
former gov. frank keating:
oklahoma's most
urgent challenges

The Center is honored to have former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating as our speaker in August.

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.

organized and sponsored by the Center


July 11
report from the balkans
Foreign Service Officer Jessie Kuykendall has just concluded a tour of duty with the United States Department of State in the Balkans, and she joined us for an informal lunch time conversation about the realities of life and the diplomatic service. Jesse’s next assignment is in Afghanistan;
she will assume her new post this month.

The luncheon was held at OU-Tulsa. Although the discussions was off the record, the lunch was open to the public.


organized and sponsored by the Center

may 31
oklahoma in brazil
Fabio da Silva, faculty member of the OU College of International Studies and a native of Brazil, was the Center’s guest for a luncheon attended by representatives of the Brazilian community and others active in global organizations. The purpose of the luncheon was to present information about the University of Oklahoma’s programs in Rio de Janeiro.

The luncheon was held at the home
of the Center Director.


organized and sponsored by the Center

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. Participating were Mick Cornett, Drew Edmondson, Connie Johnson, and Gary Jones. The Center took the lead in organizing the forum, and Prof. Randle was moderator for the event.

The event was held in the
Oklahoma Memorial Union on the Norman campus.

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

The dinner was held at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood, Tulsa.

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 was a noon event and was held in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus.


organized and sponsored by the Center

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 was held 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.

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 speaker for a dinner event sponsored by the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations.


This was a noon event and was held in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus.


organized and sponsored by the Center

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

Mark Singer, New Yorker writer and Tulsa native provided 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.


organized and sponsored by the Center

february 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 in the Learning Center
on the OU-Tulsa campus.


organized and sponsored by the Center

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.


organized and sponsored by the Center

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 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.


examples of
activities during 2017

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.


organized and sponsored by the Center

November 10
current african-american issues in oklahoma
Part Three of a Series on
Diversity in Oklahoma:

The discussion focused on the place and progress of African-Americans in Oklahoma. Our panel resources included 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 staff, as well as the Tulsa community, and was held on the OU-Tulsa campus.


organized and sponsored by the Center

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
the rise of the hispanic/latino community
Part Two of a Series on
Diversity in Oklahoma:

Tina Peña was 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 talked about the Hispanic community from a young person's perspective

This event was open to OU-Tulsa students, faculty, and staff, as well as the Tulsa community, and was held on the OU-Tulsa campus.

October 16
the new face of religious diversity in oklahoma
Part One of a Series on
Diversity in Oklahoma:

This luncheon explored the expanding face of religious diversity in our state. We had representatives from the Buddhist and Hindu temples, among others.

This event was open to OU-Tulsa students, faculty, and staff, as well as the Tulsa community, and was held on the OU-Tulsa campus.

september 19
the meeting of the mayors
Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett were 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 event was an opportunity for Mayor Cornett to pass on wisdom gained from his years of service in OKC, and both mayors discussed the outlook for Oklahoma's future.

This was a noon event and was held in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus.


organized and sponsored by the Center

september 18
constitution day
The Center again took 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.)

This event was held on the OU-Tulsa campus.


organized and sponsored by the Center

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

This luncheon was held at the
OU Faculty House, in Oklahoma City
organized and sponsored by the Center

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? The Panel included Ed Kelley, Dean of OU's Gaylord College of Journalism, and Susan Ellerbach, Executive Editor of the
Tulsa World newspaper.

This was a luncheon program in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus.


organized and sponsored by the Center

june 8, 2019queen
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 the Center will host a party
in honor of the event.

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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