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2015-2016 Events

The Humanities & the Environment

MAY 6, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Forum Fellows Seminar #5 with Dr. Zev Trachtenberg (Philosophy)

Trachtenberg workshop photo - Digital Environmental Humanities

This was the final Forum Fellows seminar during the Spring 2016 semester for OU faculty, staff, and graduate students on the theme of "The Humanities & the Environment."  OU Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Zev Trachtenberg led an interesting discussion of about 20 attendees on the topic of environmental digital humanities.  In this hands-on, interactive seminar, Dr. Trachtenberg had participants browse a website that was created on data collection from a Fall 2015 project by the Anthropocene Biosphere working group.  This website utilizes an array of data visualization techniques and allows for searching for and grouping data in various ways.   

APRIL 22 - MAY 15, 2016

“Erratic Fieldwork: Doing Art and Art History in the Anthropocene” - Art Exhibition by OU art faculty Dr. Robert Bailey and Todd Stewart

Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery, FJJMA

Robert Smithson Spiral Jetty - Todd Stewart
Photo credit: Todd Stewart

OU art faculty and Forum Fellows Robert Bailey and Todd Stewart opened their exhibit, “Erratic Fieldwork: Doing Art and Art History in the Anthropocene,” on Earth Day (Friday, April 22) in the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery at the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art at OU. This Forum Grant project relates to the ongoing fieldwork and collaborative book project of Professors Bailey and Stewart, focusing on the Mojave Desert and Great Basin region in the southwestern United States. Their exhibit was on display through Sunday, May 15, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.ou.edu/content/fjjma/exhibitions/erratic-fieldwork.html.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/979558105456347/

APRIL 28, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

“Erratic Fieldwork: Doing Art and Art History in the Anthropocene” - Panel Discussion with Dr. Robert Bailey and Todd Stewart (Art and Art History)

Erratic Fieldwork Panel Discussion Poster
Photo credit: Todd Stewart

OU art faculty and Forum Fellows Robert Bailey and Todd Stewart led a public panel discussion on their exhibit, “Erratic Fieldwork: Doing Art and Art History in the Anthropocene,” at the FJJMA auditorium on April 28.  Their exhibit opened on Earth Day (April 22) in the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery. Their Forum Grant project relates to the ongoing fieldwork and collaborative book project of Professors Bailey and Stewart, focusing on the Mojave Desert and Great Basin region of the southwestern United States. Their exhibit is on display through Sunday, May 15, 2016. 

For more information, visit http://www.ou.edu/content/fjjma/exhibitions/erratic-fieldwork.html

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/979558105456347/
 

APRIL 14, 2016 - RECEPTION 5:30 PM, LECTURE 6:00 PM

Anthropocene Biosphere

Panel Discussion with Erle Ellis (U Maryland) and OU faculty

Anthropocene Biosphere Panel Discussion with Erle Ellis

Anthropocene Biosphere Project and Erle Ellis

Following a reception held in his honor, geographer Dr. Erle Ellis (University of Maryland) joined OU faculty members from the Anthropocene Biosphere initiative organized by Dr. Zev Trachtenberg (2015-2016 OU Humanities Forum Fellow) in a public panel discussion on the biosphere in the era of the Anthropocene.

The Anthropocene Biosphere project involves an interdisciplinary group of OU faculty who spent Spring 2016 studying articles published by noted ecologist Erle Ellis, including “Ecology in an Anthropogenic Biosphere.”  For the project OU faculty posted short essays about the articles on the blog, Inhabiting the Anthropocene. On April 14 Dr. Ellis visited OU to meet with the faculty bloggers for a private workshop.  That evening he and several OU faculty members presented ideas and posited questions at a public panel discussion in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union.  This event was sponsored by the OU Humanities Forum and was open to the OU community and to the general public. 

The event was cosponsored with the Office of the President, the Department of Philosophy, Oklahoma Biological Survey, and the School of Geology and Geophysics.  Dr. Ellis's workshop and panel discussion events were attended by approximately 50 guests. 

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and University Libraries.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/488971087959987/

APRIL 8, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Forum Fellows Seminar #4 with Dr. Peter Soppelsa (History of Science)

Paris Souterrain - Postcard for Forum Fellow Seminar #4 - Peter Soppelsa

About 25 OU faculty, staff, and graduate students participated in the fourth Forum Fellows Seminar, in which Dr. Peter Soppelsa, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, led a discussion of environmental history and urban modernity focused on the concept of infrastructure.  The discussion centered on Dr. Soppelsa's fascinating archival research in Paris, France, particularly his use of postcards as a means to utilize a largely untapped investigative resource and tool and to create a new, visual digital archive.  

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/584836181677092/

APRIL 6, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

OU Humanities Forum Spring 2016 Social Mixer

Hosted by the Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts

OU Humanities Forum Spring 2016 Social Mixer

Over 100 OU faculty, staff, and graduate students joined the OU Humanities Forum at its Spring 2016 Social Mixer, hosted by the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts! This mixer was intended for all OU faculty, staff, and graduate students interested in humanities research and reached a wide array of members of the OU community from various units across campus. The event took place at the historic Ledbetter House (701 W. Brooks St., Norman, OK 73069), which was designed by famous architect Bruce Goff.  Hors d'oeuvres and bar service were provided.

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and University Libraries.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1173260536050102/ 

MARCH 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Indigenous Film and Cross-cultural Collaborations: From Southern Mexico and South America to the Southern Plains - Lecture by Dr. Laurel Smith (Geography & Environmental Sustainability)

“Indigenous Film and Cross-cultural Collaborations: From Southern Mexico and South America to the Southern Plains” - Lecture by Dr. Laurel Smith (Geography & Environmental Sustainability)

How can indigenous populations visualize cross-cultural strategies that help heal troubled waters and create more resilient communities and ecosystems? OU Humanities Forum Fellow Dr. Laurel Smith (Associate Professor of Geography & Environmental Sustainability) addressed these questions in a public lecture on March 28 for the OU and Oklahoma community, as a direct lead-in to the Native Crossroads Film Festival & Symposium in early April (http://www.nativecrossroads.org/). Dr. Smith’s Forum Grant project tied in with the campus visit of two indigenous media makers from South America, whose video Owners of the Water: Collaboration and Conflict over Rivers was screened at the festival (http://ownersofthewater.org/Owners_of_the_Water/Home.html). About 35 members of the OU and Norman community were in attendance at this public lecture. 

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and University Libraries.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/868637753247460/

MARCH 22, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

From the Meadows to the Streets: Ecocritical Approaches to Medieval Song - Lecture by Dr. Jennifer Saltzstein (Musicology)

Saltzstein Lecture Poster

At this public lecture on March 22, OU Humanities Forum Fellow Dr. Jennifer Saltzstein (Associate Professor of Musicology) presented on her book project, “Medieval Learning and Vernacular Music: The Songs of the Cleric Trouvères.” Her project has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2016-2017 and is one of the very first to bring together ecocriticism with medieval musicology. About 25 faculty, staff, students, and members of the Oklahoma community attended.   

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and University Libraries.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1541680622827520/

MARCH 10, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Public Symposium on Energy Humanities & Nuclear Disaster Memory

Kerynote by Katharina Gerstenberger (U Utah)

ENERGY HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM

This public symposium dedicated to the 5th anniversary of Fukushima and the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl featured OU faculty presentations from departments and colleges all across campus followed by a keynote by Dr. Katharina Gerstenberger, Professor of German and Chair, Languages and Literature (University of Utah).  The topic of her keynote was "From Transnational Catastrophe to International Disaster Tourism - 30 Years of Chernobyl.”   

This symposium was presented by the OU Humanities Forum and was cosponsored by the Gallogly College of Engineering, the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, the Department of History, and the Office of the President.  The event took place on March 10 from 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Scholars Room at the Oklahoma Memorial Union and was attended by over 100 OU faculty, students, staff, and local community members. 

FULL PROGRAM (PDF)

FULL PROGRAM (WEBSITE)

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and University Libraries.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/567748646714939/

Forum Fellow Seminar #3 with Todd Stewart and Robert Bailey (Art and Art History)

March 4, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Robert Bailey OU

This was the third OU Humanities Forum Fellows seminar for faculty, staff, and graduate students on the theme of "The Humanities & the Environment." Dr. Robert Bailey and Prof. Todd Stewart, faculty members in the School of Art & Art History at OU, co-led this lunchtime seminar on the relationship between photography, art history, and the effects of human activities on the natural landscape of the U.S. west, particularly in desert regions.  About 30 members of the OU community were in attendance.

Todd Stewart OU

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences, with additional support from the OU Libraries and the Office of the President.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1690477671229311/

MARCH 1, 2016 - 5:30 PM RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING; 6:00 PM - LECTURE

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape

Lecture by Lauret Savoy (Mt. Holyoke)

LauretSavoy Lecture poster

Dr. Lauret Savoy, Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College, is a renowned public advocate for African American and feminist perspectives on environmental education. On March 1, following a reception held in her honor, she presented a lecture combined with a reading from her new book, Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape (Counterpoint Press, 2015). A teacher, earth scientist, writer, photographer, and pilot, Savoy speaks to her mixed African-American, Native American and Euro-American heritage in her environmentalism research – specifically, how interrelated strands of human history and geologic-natural history contribute to the stories we tell of our land's origin and history.

This event took place in the Kerr Auditorium at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and had approximately 30 guests in attendance, including OU faculty, staff, and students as well as members of the Norman community. 

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and the OU Libraries.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/518656134971843/

FEBRUARY 22, 2016 - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The Habitability Approach - Workshop with Dr. Zev Trachtenberg (Philosophy)

Trachtenberg Workshop poster

How can a community aim to live well in its physical surroundings and act accordingly through its political institutions? OU Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Zev Trachtenberg led a brownbag lunchtime workshop dedicated to his Humanities Forum Grant project on environmental political theory, focusing on the ideal of good habitation in the era of the Anthropocene.  

About 25 OU faculty, students, staff, and members of the Oklahoma community attended this wonderful event.

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and the OU Libraries.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1026800567407103/

FEBRUARY 12, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Forum Fellow Seminar #2 with Dr. Jennifer Saltzstein (Musicology)

Forum Seminar SALTZSTEIN Poster

This was the second OU Humanities Forum Fellows lunchtime seminar for faculty, staff, and graduate students on the theme of "The Humanities & the Environment."  The seminar was led by Dr. Jennifer Saltzstein, OU Associate Professor of Musicology, with a focus on the role of eco-criticism in medieval music.  About 30 guests from across all disciplines at OU participated. 

The OU Humanities Forum receives support from the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and University Libraries.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1566770836977030/

FEBRUARY 9, 2016 - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Nature, Technology, and Water Access in Paris, 1870-1914 - Workshop with Dr. Peter Soppelsa (History of Science)

On February 9, OU historian of science Dr. Peter Soppelsa will present a brown bag workshop for the OU and Norman community, detailing his work on the environmental history of the City of Lights. All faculty, students, and m

On February 9, 2016, OU historian of science Dr. Peter Soppelsa presented a brown bag workshop for the OU and Norman community, detailing his work on the environmental history of the City of Light.  About 25 participants from across OU attended this event.  Dr. Soppelsa's workshop was particularly noteworthy due to his extensive archival research using French postcards from the time period. 

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and the OU Libraries.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/719683958162469/

FEBRUARY 1, 2016 - 7:45 AM - 2:00 PM

Digital Humanities @ OU Day II

Keynote by Johanna Drucker (UCLA)

Digital Humanities @ OU Day poster

At the second Digital Humanities @ OU Day on February 1, 2016, OU panelists (from a variety of departments and colleges across campus) presented on their projects in the digital humanities. The keynote speaker was Dr. Johanna Drucker (UCLA).  Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide.

Click here for resources from this event!

The OU Humanities Forum receives support from the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and University Libraries.

JANUARY 22, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Forum Fellows Seminar #1 with Dr. Laurel Smith (Geography & Environmental Sustainability)

Forum Fellows Seminar poster

OU's own Dr. Laurel Smith (Geography & Environmental Sustainability) presented the first Forum Fellows Seminar on the 2015-2016 theme "The Humanities & the Environment" on January 22, 2016.  With suggested advance readings, Dr. Smith led a lively discussion with participants on environmental and academic advocacy, indigenous activism, and the cultural politics of development (particularly in Mexico). 

The OU Humanities Forum receives support from the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from the Office of the President and University Libraries.

NOVEMBER 20, 2015 - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

OU Humanities Forum Fall 2015 Social Mixer

Hosted by the OU College of Arts and Sciences

OU Humanities Forum Mixer

About 75 OU faculty and graduate students joined together for the OU Humanities Forum's first Social Mixer, hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences at the Crawford University Club in the Oklahoma Memorial Union on Friday, November 20, 2015! This was intended for all OU faculty and graduate students interested in humanities research. Hors d'ouevres and bar service were provided.

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from University Libraries.  

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/982608988490863/

 

NOVEMBER 16, 2015 - RECEPTION 5:30 PM, LECTURE 6:00 PM

The End of the World as We Know It? Environmental Histories in/of the Anthropocene

Lecture by Thomas Lekan (U South Carolina)

Lekan lecture Anthropocene poster

The OU College of Arts & Sciences and the OU Humanities Forum hosted "The End of the World as We Know It? Environmental Histories in/of the Anthropocene," a free, public lecture at the University of Oklahoma by Dr. Thomas Lekan (University of South Carolina).  About 30 members of OU and the surrounding community attended a reception in Dr. Lekan's honor followed by his fascinating lecture.

This was part of the Humanities Forum 2015-2016 theme: "The Humanities & the Environment."

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from University Libraries.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1035660683134290/

NOVEMBER 2, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The Old Environmental Determinism and the New Climate History: Two Approaches to Time, Nature, and Humanity

Lecture by John Brooke (Ohio State)

John Brooke lecture poster

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, and the OU Humanities Forum hosted "The Old Environmental Determinism and the New Climate History: Two Approaches to Time, Nature, and Humanity," a free, public lecture at the Kerr Auditorium, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma by Dr. John Brooke (Ohio State). This was part of the Humanities Forum 2015-2016 theme "The Humanities & the Environment."

John Brooke, Ohio State professor and author of the recently published Climate Change and the Course of Human History: A Rough Journey (Cambridge, 2014) briefly discussed the personal origins of his book and then explored the place of climate history in the longer intellectual history of environmental analysis in historical studies. He presented examples of climate history synthesis that he has been pursuing since the publication of his book.

This event was free and open to the public, and it had over 150 in attendance.   

The OU Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the College of Arts & Sciences with additional support from University Libraries.  

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/944676415569158/

OCTOBER 19, 2015 - 7:00 PM

A Poetry Reading with Todd Fuller from _To The Disappearance_ (2015)

Todd Fuller Poetry Reading Oct 19

The Center for Social Justice presented a poetry reading with Dr. Todd Fuller on October 19th at 7:00 pm in the Western History Collections, Monnett Hall, Room 300. Dr. Fuller read from his new book, To The Disappearance (2015). A reception followed.  About 30 guests attended the reading and reception. 

Todd Fuller grew up in Indiana where he participated in the clichéd rituals of youth. Since then, he completed his Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University and published his first book, "60 Feet Six Inches and Other Distances from Home: the (Baseball) Life of Mose YellowHorse," which was released in 2002. His second book, a poetry collection, "To the Disappearance," was published in the fall of 2015. In 2004, he helped found Pawnee Nation College and served as the school’s first president until 2011. He currently serves as an Associate Director for Research Development at the University of Oklahoma.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 - 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Digital Humanities @ OU Day

University Libraries, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, and the OU Humanities Forum hosted the first ever Digital Humanities @ OU Day on September 15, 2015.  There were approximately 80 guests in attendance.   

The event included short sessions featuring current digital humanities projects at OU plus a keynote lunch lecture from Professor William Thomas (University of Nebraska), a nationally renowned pioneer in digital humanities. The purpose of the event was to continue building awareness of the range of exciting faculty projects in the digital humanities at OU, to share lessons learned, and to assess future directions for digital infrastructure and programming.

Please see below for resources from this wonderful event. 

 

Richard Luce

Dean of University Libraries; Peggy V. Helmerich Chair; Associate Vice President for Research, University of Oklahoma

Richard Luce OU

Samuel J. Huskey

Associate Professor of Classics & Letters and Chair of the Department of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

Samuel J. Huskey OU

Katherine Pandora

Associate Professor of History of Science, University of Oklahoma

Katherine Pandora OU

"Digital Collaboration and Open Notebook History" (PPT forthcoming)

David Vishanoff

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oklahoma

David Vishanoff OU

Stephen Weldon

Assistant Professor of History of Science and Editor of the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma

Stephen Weldon OU

Lindsay Robertson

Chickasaw Nation Endowed Chair in Native American Law; Sam K. Viersen Family Foundation Presidential Professor; Faculty Director, Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy

Lindsay Robertson OU

"The Trail of Tears Project" (PPT forthcoming)

Bill Endres

Associate Professor of English, University of Oklahoma

Bill Endres OU

Cindy Simon Rosenthal

Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies, Director and Curator of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, University of Oklahoma

Cindy Simon Rosenthal

David Wrobel & Keith Gaddie

Professor of History & Merrick Chair of Western History / Professor of Political Science & Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma

David Wrobel and Keith Gaddie OU

Keynote Speaker

William G. Thomas III

John & Catherine Angle Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

William G. Thomas III - University of Nebraska - Lincoln