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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 - Fall 2020

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Re-Imagining a Jail for Oklahoma City

ARCH 4970/5970

Marjorie Callahan

How can architecture imagine a better jail that improves criminal justice outcomes? Student-led outreach with stakeholders will culminate in a public exhibit that showcases architecture and urban design concepts for a future jail in Oklahoma County. Visitors will experience prototype jail cells, view conceptual plans, and leave with greater awareness.

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