August 2015

Final Fridays: Hungry for the Humanities?

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Join us for dramatic readings sure to scare up a crowd as we celebrate the final installment of our Final Fridays fall programming. Of course there will be scary-yummy complimentary treats as well as seasonal readings by talented faculty and students. Friday, October 30, noon to 1 p.m. at the Ellen G. Adelson Auditorium at Tyrrell Hall. This event is free and open to everyone!

Final Fridays: Hungry for the Humanities?

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Join us Friday, September 25, at the Ellen G. Adelson Auditorium at Tyrrell Hall from noon to 1 p.m. for the second installment of our all new Final Fridays program. You’ll be treated to the amazing instrumental and vocal talents of the TU School of Music jazz musicians, as well as tasty treats that are complimentary while they last! This event is free and open to everyone.

Final Fridays at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities

FInalFridaysFbPost (2)This week we launch Final Fridays, a new series at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities. On the last Friday of each month, we’ll open the Center’s doors in Tyrrell Hall and feature a special event that highlights the arts and humanities here on TU’s campus. We’ll serve refreshments while encouraging the community to joins us for art, music, and conversation. Continue reading “Final Fridays at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities”

Internet Trolls: Humor and Cruelty in the Digital Age

Author and professor Whitney Phillips explores the constitutive nature of humor, specifically “lulz” and how this particular brand of antagonistic laughter has helped troll culture coalesce online. She will also discuss other forms of ambivalent behavior off- and online Thursday, October 29th, 7 p.m., Ellen G. Adelson Auditorium at Tyrrell Hall. The lecture is free and open to everyone.

Victor Hugo and the Death Penalty

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Guest lecturer Dr. Stephanie Boulard explores everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask! Dr. Boulard is Associate Professor of French at the Georgia Institute of Technology and will speak October 23rd, 6 p.m., at the Ellen G. Adelson Auditorium, Tyrrell Hall. This lecture is co-sponsored by the OCH and the department of English, and is free and open to everyone.

The Humanities at Work Series

The OCH presents a lecture by Anne Krook entitled “What are you going to DO with that humanities major?”, which explores employment options in the non-academic world for students who have graduated in the humanities. Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m., Ellen G. Adelson Auditorium at Tyrrell Hall. Free and open to everyone.

This lecture will be followed on September 18 with a workshop entitled “The Non-Academic Job Search for Graduate Students and Postdocs,” which will also be held at the Ellen G. Adelson Auditorium at Tyrrell Hall from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to everyone.

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Anne Krook began her professional career as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she taught for seven years before moving to Seattle.  After a stint in restaurant bartending, she joined Amazon.com.  During thirteen years at the company, she held various roles in US  and international website development, program management, internal audit, and infrastructure.  After that, she worked as VP of Operations at a startup, Mindbloom, and then as VP of Operations at Synapse, a product design engineering company in Seattle.  In addition to her consulting work at universities, she serves on the board of director of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humor, Comedy, and Wit

Google Ngram ViewerAs classes begin Monday at TU, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will kick off our year-long focus on the topic of humor.  But what exactly is humor?  As this chart showing the word’s frequency suggests, it’s a relatively new idea.  The word itself was barely used until the middle of the nineteenth century and only since 1980 has it become more common than “comedy” and “wit.”  It’s always been difficult to agree on whether or not something is humorous, but it may be just as difficult to describe what the concept actually means.  That’s the work of the humanities and we’re gathering faculty, students, performers, artists, writers, and visiting experts to help us explore this complex idea. Continue reading “Humor, Comedy, and Wit”

Final Fridays Comes to TU

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Hungry for the humanities?

Join the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities for complimentary treats as well as a taste of the humanities in our all new event held the last Friday of the month! Final Fridays will feature three programs this fall, starting August 28th with John Clanton, chief photography editor with the Tulsa World, showcasing his photographic images The Humor of Humans. In addition to an exhibition of his photographs, John will present an hour-long exploration of other images and the importance of visual storytelling within the human experience.

September 25th’s program offers a thrilling jazz performance from TU’s School of Music, featuring the outstanding vocals of TU graduate Sarah Maud.

On October 30th, get your spooky weekend started with dramatic readings sure to scare up a crowd!

Events are free and open to everyone at the Ellen G. Adelson Auditorium, Tyrrell Hall, from noon to 1 p.m. Stay tuned for spring programs coming soon!

Charles Addams: Define Normal

As part of our programming exploring humor this year, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities welcomes H. Kevin Miserocchi to campus for his lecture on the life and works of the extraordinary cartoonist Charles Addams, well-known for inspiring the TV series The Addams Family. Miserocchi is the executive director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation in New York City, which oversees the worldwide exhibition of the vast collection created by Charles Addams (1912-1988), as well as educational programs and publications dedicated to sharing the oeuvre of the gifted artist and visionary.

Miserocchi will be the featured speaker at a noon brown-bag lunch lecture Friday, Sept. 11, at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education, at 124 E. M.B. Brady St. The event is free and open to everyone.