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Presidential Dream Course

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What sort of classes would OU faculty members devise if money were no object? Well, for one thing, they would bring in the best guest lecturers in their fields to stimulate interest and inspire students to delve more deeply.

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The Presidential Dream Course program was founded in 2004 by former University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren. This program enables faculty to bring scholars and world-renowned experts to campus to interact with OU students and give a public lecture to the local community. Presidential Dream Courses are allocated up to $20,000 to fund these special guest speakers.

Courses eligible for consideration must be semester-long, regularly scheduled courses. To apply for a Presidential Dream Course, instructional faculty should submit a proposal to their academic chair/director. Once approved by the chair/director and then the college dean, the proposal will be routed to the Provost’s Office for consideration.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 many of the Presidential Dream Courses scheduled to for the 2020-21 academic year have been deferred to 2021-22. For this reason no new submissions will be sought for 2021-22. We look forward to bringing you the slate of deferred courses in the upcoming year and continuing this program in the future.

Presidential Dream Courses - Spring 2021

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The Tulsa Race Massacre: 100 Years Later

AFAM 4970/ENGL 4970/ENGL 5970/JMC 4970/JMC 5970

Karlos Hill
Meta G. Carstarphen
Rilla Askew
John Stewart

In 1921 the deadliest outbreak of white terrorist violence against a black community in American history took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Tulsa Race Massacre is an interdisciplinary exploration of the facts of the massacre, the conditions in media and culture which led to it, and our contemporary engagement with that history. Team-taught by Dr. Karlos Hill, Dr. Meta G. Carstarphen, Professor Rilla Askew, and Dr. John Stewart this course draws upon different yet complementary areas of expertise (African American Studies, Journalism, Creative Writing/Literary Studies, and Digital Humanities) to offer students an innovative, multi-perspective, and cross-disciplinary understanding of the Tulsa Race Massacre and its aftermath. Through lectures, readings, exploratory writing, in-class discussions, and guest speakers, this course will help students develop an appreciation for the centrality of the Black experience to Oklahoma history, culture, and media, come to understand the scope and impact of racism and racial violence in Oklahoma’s story, and examine our collective and individual responses to the massacre as we live out its legacy one hundred years later. The class will share what they learn with the rest of the world by creating a web and mobile app that teaches users about the massacre.

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