NOVEMBER 2020
Cover Photo: Woodward Park, Tulsa
While we are sheltering-in-place and unable to hold live meetings, we are organizing a series of live VIRTUAL events using the Zoom software in which you can attend from your home. These will be limited to 25 guests and will be conversations in which all are invited to participate.
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We'll resume our activities soon!
virtual meetings, real fun
The American Elections
A British View
Rt. Honoorable Henry McLeish
12:00pm, Friday, Nov. 13
The world has been watching the American elections, and our Scottish friend, Henry McLeish, has agreed to join us for a Zoom discussion of what our election looks like from the other side of the Atlantic. Henry has been our guest for several events sponsored by my Center over the years, and you have probably met him. He is a former member of the British Parliament, as well as the Scottish Parliament, and is former head of the government of Scotland. He was a cabinet member back in the government of Tony Blair. Henry currently serves as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council and therefore holds the title of “Right Honorable”, but in Oklahoma we just call him “Henry”.
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Sheltering-in-Place:
The Emotional Cost
Dr. Linda Barnum
12:00pm, Monday, April 27
Dr. Barnum’s PH.D. is in Psychology and she is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice …as well as serving as a member of the faculty at OU-Tulsa. This program will be about the psychological impacts of the pandemic …anxiety, depression, panic, and stress. We’ll discuss the impact on ourselves, as well as on our community.
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The Virus and the Justice System
Judge Kurt Glassco
Date and Time to Be Announced
A District Judge since 2009 in Tulsa, Kurt will discuss how the Oklahoma justice system is continuing to function despite the limitations imposed by virus restrictions.
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More Time at Home:
More Time for Spousal Abuse
Suzann Stewart
Date and Time to Be Announced
Suzann leads the Family Safety Center, one of Tulsa’s premier services for victims of spousal abuse. She will lead us in a discussion of how the shelter-in-place orders, combined with economic and other stress related to the virus, are creating a breeding ground for spousal abuse in our homes.
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Why don’t we do what’s good for us?
Dr. William Carmack
Date and Time to Be Announced
A retired Regents’ Professor of Communication at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Carmack will explain to us why so many people refuse to follow the health advice that has been given during the pandemic and are thereby endangering their own health (and the health of the the rest of us!)
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The following events were scheduled before the shut-down forced by the virus and will be rescheduled in the future.
The Irish Harp
Noted Oklahoma harpist Linda Paul will be our guest for a St. Patrick's Eve program on the Irish harp and why it is so central to the cultural identity of the Irish people.
March 16, 2020
This program will be held in the Director's home. It is open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information, contact the Center Director, Rodger Randle, at 918-660-3495.
postponed
Oklahoma’s Colorful Political History
Prof. Randle will give a talk about Oklahoma political history at University Village in Tulsa
DATE April 8
DETAILS (cost, RSVP, etc.) This is a private event. For more information, contact Prof. Randle at randle@ou.edu
( Not sponsored by the Center )
postponed
“A Funny Thing Happened
On the Way to the Polls”
Jenk Jones, Jr., former editor of the Tulsa Tribune newspaper and longtime political reporter, will present a talk with humorous stories from Oklahoma political history.
MaRch 23
This program will be held in the Director's home. It is open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information, contact the Center Director, Rodger Randle, at 918-660-3495.
postponed
When Politics Was Fun
Prof. Randle will give two back-to-back talks in Bartlesville about Oklahoma's colorful political history.
June 24
One presentation will be at Bartlesville’s Green Country Village and the other at Tall Grass estates. For more information, contact Prof. Randle at randle@ou.edu
( Not sponsored by the Center )
postponed
The Reading of the
Declaration of Independence
An old patriotic tradition in the United States is the public reading on the 4th of July of the Declaration of Independence. This tradition has died out in most of our country, but, in partnership with the Tulsa Garden Center, we plan to revive the tradition in 2020. Guests are invited to bring a picnic dinner and remain afterwards for the view of the River Parks’ fireworks from the Rose Garden.
July 4, 2020
The event will be held on the grounds of the Tulsa Garden Center. More details will be posted nearer the date of the event.
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When Politics Was Fun
Prof. Randle will give his talk about Oklahoma political history at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus, Oklahoma.
September 10
The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Prof. Randle at randle@ou.edu
( Not sponsored by the Center )
Constitution Day 2020
Rodger Randle, Center Director, will provide the official OU-Tulsa Constitution Day program again this year. The theme will be “America in the Time of the Constitution.” For a self-study program about the Constitution prepared by the Center, please click here.
September 17
12:00pm till 1:00pm. Location to be announced. For more information, contact the Center Director, Rodger Randle, at 918-660-3495.
The american elections:
A Scottish analysis
We are bringing a political expert from the United Kingdom to explain to us the meaning of the American election results. Our guest will be The Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish, a former member of the British Parliament and former head of the government of Scotland, who currently serves as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council. A frequent visitor to the Center, he has been to Oklahoma over 25 times.
November 4, 2020
Details will be posted nearer the date of the event.

Urban Planning in Tulsa
As a follow-up to Mayor Mick Cornett’s speech on “The Next American City”, the Center organized a visit to the headquarters of the Indian Nations Council of Governments in Tulsa where we were briefed on regional planning processes in the Tulsa area, including the role of the citizen in the planning process. The presentations were made by Rich Briere, Executive Director of INCOG, and Susan Miller Director of the Tulsa Planning Office,
january 14
"My Life, Best I'Member":
George Nigh
George Nigh, the longest serving Governor in Oklahoma history, was our guest for a luncheon talk about his life in Oklahoma politics and government.
December 10
The luncheon was held in Founders Hall in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus at 41st and Yale.
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 were put together to explore in greater detail specific areas of education. Higher education was the topic of discussion in a small group luncheon with Dr. Leigh Goodson, President of Tulsa Community College
October 30
The luncheon was held at the Creativity Center on the TCC Metro Campus.
Report from London
Richard Hyde, the new British Consul General for our region of the United States was our guest for a luncheon talk on current developments in the United Kingdom.
October 23
The luncheon was held in Founders Hall in the Learning Center on the OU-Tulsa campus at 41st and Yale.
United Nations Association of Eastern Oklahoma Annual Banquet
This year the UN Association honored Prof. Rodger Randle with its Amb. Ed Corr Award. The dinner speaker was British Consul General Richard Hyde.
October 24
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 building 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
Reports
news Reports
The Center has launched a special blog documenting
effects of the coronavirus on our city.

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Field Reports
AFRO-RIO
Rio street art
BRAZIL: inside vibrant Rio museums.
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VALLEDUPAR: THE CITY
valledupar
COLOMBIA: the good life in an interior city.
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MEXICO
Mexico City
MEXICO: A recent visit to Mexico was a reminder of how the country continues to maintain its traditional character.
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RIO DE JANEIRO: ART: IN THE MUSEUMS
Rio street art
BRAZIL: inside vibrant Rio museums.
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KANPUR SYEDAN
Pakistan
PAKISTAN: village life offers surprises.
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Exhibitions
"FACES"
Most of the images from Rodger Randle's exhibit "Faces" have been placed online and can be viewed as a slideshow.
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"ONE WORLD, ONE PEOPLE"
The OU-Tulsa Library asked Prof. Randle to create a multimedia exhibit for their gallery. The exhibit used multiple screens. Several are available for viewing online.
(Click the image above to go to the "Kids" exhibit. You will find links to other pages containing photos from the exhibit.)
CULTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Our photos fall into a category called "cultural photography"
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About us...

The Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture organizes programs, seminars, and activities designed to stimulate interest in contemporary issues in our society, as well as greater understanding of global cultures. Participants include members of the Oklahoma community, in addition to OU students and faculty. The center has welcomed guests from dozens of countries, and speakers have included top diplomats (including ambassadors), prominent academics, well-known authors, political leaders, and many others. The Center takes great pride in its active partnership work with other organizations in Oklahoma and around the world. The Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture is not an academic program, although the Director of the Center is a member of the OU Graduate College and the faculty of the OU Department of Human relations.  For more information about Rodger Randle, the Director of the Center, click here (para información en español, haz clique aquí; para português, faça clique aquí)).

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Prof. Rodger A Randle, Director
The seal of the Center pictures a moon over the island of Rokovoko. The colors of the University of Oklahoma are represented in the red and white in the sky.
The motto of the Center is "Klaatu barada nikto."


OU Center for Studies in Democracy and Culture



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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