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When Your Home is Called Hell

This week’s OCH update comes from Seungho Lee, a Ph.D. student of English at the University of Tulsa. His research focuses range from 20th Century British Literature to Contemporary Anglophone Literature. He analyzes the literature of his field through the... MORE

Hyphenated Lives

This week’s update comes from OCH fellow Danielle Carlotti-Smith, who specializes in French and Francophone literature with a focus on Francophone Caribbean and New World studies, postcolonial studies, and migration studies. Her current book project examines literary expressions of the... MORE

Compound Life

This week’s post is by 2017 OCH Fellow Keija Parssinen, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tulsa and  author of The Ruins of Us, which won a Michener-Copernicus award, and The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, which earned an... MORE

Homeland, Immigrants, and Sanctuary

This week’s blog post is by OCH Fellow Betsy McCormick, Associate Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Experiential Learning at the TU College of Law. In addition to teaching students in the Immigrant Rights Project Clinical Program, she also teaches Immigration... MORE

How a Roommate Makes a House a Home

This week’s post is by 2017-2018 OCH Fellow Kristi Eaton, an independent journalist and a native of Tulsa. She is the author of the book “The Main Streets of Oklahoma: Okie Stories from Every County.” She recently completed a fellowship with... MORE

At Home in the College Bubble

This week’s blog post is written by Bryan Corbaz, a junior studying political science at TU — and the youngest member of this year’s research seminar. Endless muted music videos on repeat from 7am until 7pm; the same happy faces... MORE

Work as Haven

Each week throughout the fall semester, the Research Fellows at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will share some part of their work on this year’s theme, Homelands.  We begin with Dr. Lara Foley, Assistant Provost for Global Education and... MORE

Homelands, featured topic 2017-2018

Homelands

“You don’t have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you can never go back.” —James Baldwin The word homeland evokes thoughts of pleasure and pain, belonging and exile, flight and shelter. Is home a... MORE

Bloomsday Pub Crawl 2017

On Friday, June 16th, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, Booksmart Tulsa, and the Guthrie Green will once again host a Bloomsday Pub Crawl through the Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa–and this year’s event will be the biggest yet.  Participants will... MORE

Pen, Paper & Fork

Why can food activate such powerful memories? How do we translate the sensuous experience of taste and touch into writing? And why are we so eager to describe what we eat to others? These are just some of the questions Pen,... MORE

Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature Wins Award

For over thirty years, the University of Tulsa has been home to Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, a premier academic journal that has helped transform our understanding of women’s writing.  TSWL was founded by Germaine Greer in 1981 and has since... MORE

Big Ideas @ TU: Dietland

This spring, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is partnering with the University of Tulsa’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program to host our annual Big Ideas @ TU.  As part of our year-long focus on the theme of food we will... MORE

Homelands: Call for Faculty Fellows

The idea of a homeland evokes thoughts of pleasure and pain, belonging and exile, flight and shelter. Is home a place, a state of mind, an imagined community, a commodity, or, as Charlotte Perkins Gilman writes, a fundamentally “human institution?”... MORE

The Politics of Food on the Campaign Trail

Our updates from the Humanities Research Fellows exploring the topic of food continue this week with a short essay by Professor Jan Wilson, who explores the politics of eating in American political campaigns. In 1976, Gerald Ford was running for a... MORE

The Beethoven Quartet

This February, Chamber Music Tulsa is hosting an extraordinary set of performances by the Miró Quartet in which the group will play all of Beethoven’s quartets.  This is an extremely rare treat and it will take place here in Tulsa across six... MORE

La Revue de Cuisine

For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is excited to partner with Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and Philbrook to co-host a Second Saturday at the museum organized around our theme.  This year we are working... MORE

Food as Ritual and Art

Our updates from the Humanities Research Seminar continue, this week with a post by Anh-Thuy Nguyn, Assistant Professor of Art at Rogers State University. As long as I can recall, every member of my family always had to gather around... MORE

Medeleine Moments

In this week’s report from the Humanities Research Seminar on Food, Emma Stewart, a student at TU, reflects on the uncanny power of food to plunge us into our memories of the past. At the outset of Marcel Proust’s renowned... MORE

The Art and Science of Food

We believe that the arts and humanities are an essential element of our social and civic lives. The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa is thus committed not only to developing a diverse array of public... MORE

Food and Historical Trauma

We continue our regular series from the Humanities Research Fellows.  This week, Lisa Cromer, Associate Professor of Psychology and an expert in trauma, reflects on the connection between food and memory in cultures that have suffered extraordinary loss. Food, emotions... MORE

The Taste of Russian Summers

In this week’s report from the Humanities Research Seminar on the theme of “food,” Professor Christine Ruane shares her own experiment in recreating an eighteenth-century Russian treat. Russian food has evolved by incorporating influences from other culinary traditions, especially French... MORE

The Plant Treaty

Michelle Donaldson, Executive Chef of Tallgrass Prairie Table, continues our regular series of reports from the research fellows working on the theme of food at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities. The narrative of food is forever evolving. We all... MORE

Peace at the Dinner Table

Here’s the next installment of our reports from the Humanities Research Seminar on food.  This week, Sasha Martin, author of Life from Scratch and the Global Table Adventure, reflects on the connections between food and peace. What does it mean... MORE

The Battle between Public and Private Food Standards

Our regular reports from the Humanities Research Fellows continue this week with a short piece by Sam Halabi, Associate Professor of Law, about the complicated ways businesses and governments regulate our food supply. One of the many far-reaching provisions of the... MORE

Kitchen Cosmos

Each week, we will feature a short essay from each of the Humanities Research Fellows now at work on the topic of food.  We begin with Bruce Willis, Professor of Languages, and his reflection on creation stories in the Americas.... MORE

Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

In a happy coincidence, both Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature and the James Joyce Quarterly mailed their latest issues this week. Together, These journals form one of the cornerstones of advanced humanities research at the University of Tulsa and contribute,... MORE

International James Joyce Foundation moves to TU

On June 16, 2016, the board of trustees for the International James Joyce Foundation voted unanimously to move the organization to The University of Tulsa and appoint Sean Latham, Pauline McFarlin Walter Chair of English and Comparative Literature, as its new... MORE

What is Bloomsday?

Sean Latham, Director of the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, explains the June 16th literary holiday known as Bloomsday. The epic novel Ulysses by James Joyce has been banned, praised, criticized and idolized. Considered one of the greatest books ever... MORE

Mark Twain Quote - Secret Source of humor is not joy, but sorrow; there is no humor in heaven.

Humor and Pain

In our latest report from the humanities research seminar on humor, David Blakely explore the surprising connections between laughter and suffering. I recently saw an evening of stand-up comedy. One young comic, a lanky youth with hands like nervous birds, told roundabout... MORE

Humor and Mental Illness

Here’s another report from the Humanities Research Seminar on the topic of humor.  In this installment, Kim Ivey, a graduate student in Anthropology, considers the ways in which humor might be used to help better understand and event treat mental... MORE

Humor and Assimilation in Vaudeville

Our latest report from the Humanities Research Seminar comes from Machele Miller Dill, Director of the Musical Theatre Program at TU.  Here she considers the way vaudeville helped explore the rapidly changing shape of American culture in the early twentieth century. I... MORE

Satire, Friendship, and Masculinity

Our reports from the Humanities Research Seminar continue.  Here, Dayne Riley, a doctoral student in English, reflects on the role of satire in eighteenth-century Britain. For the famed satirical poets of Augustan Britain (1700-1745), humor and friendship mixed to create... MORE

Humor and the Everyday

This week we continue our series of reports from the Humanities Research Seminar on the topic of humor.  Here, TU student Tracy Kinealy explores contemporary television shows that seek to transform the everyday into something funny and use funny things... MORE

Humor or Nonsense? by Professor Holly Laird

Our regular series of posts by the Humanities Research Fellows continues.  Here, O’Hornett Professor of English, Holly Laird uses Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear to reflect on the relationship between humor and nonsense.

Faculty Spotlight: Kristen Oertel

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will periodically feature the work done by TU’s distinguished faculty.  We begin this new blog series with a look at a new book on Harriet Tubman by Dr. Kristen Oertel. “I was conductor of... MORE

Humor: Satire – Why Don’t They Get It?

Each week this semester, our Humanities Research Fellows will publish short pieces here about their work in our seminar on humor. Week 6 – September 30th Read Selections from Nieman Reports Vol. 58 No.4 Background Gulliver’s Travels

In Memoriam: Joseph Kestner

Today, students, friends, and colleagues gathered in Sharp Chapel to say farewell to Dr. Joseph Kestner, McFarlin Professor of English and Film at the University of Tulsa. His sudden and untimely death on the first day of the fall semester... MORE

Humor, Comedy, and Wit

As 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.... MORE

Caché: A Free Film Screening and Discussion

A Paris family’s life is disrupted by a series of surveillance tapes from an anonymous source. The intrusion escalates but law enforcement will not help. Roger Ebert wrote “a perplexing and disturbing film of great effect…” Film screening and post-film... MORE

TEDx Comes to the University of Tulsa

The first ever TEDx event comes to the University of Tulsa’s (TU) Lorton Performance Center on April 24th, 2015. This exciting, interdisciplinary event will showcase the ideas of TU’s students and faculty in a format designed to be entertaining as... MORE

Announcing Big Ideas @ TU

  As part of its expanding array of programming, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is delighted to announce a new program called Big Ideas @ TU. Once each semester, the Center will host a public discussion of a single book,... MORE

CITIZENFOUR Film Screening

Join us Friday, April 17th, for the documentary film screening of Academy Award-winning CITIZENFOUR at the Circle Cinema at 7:30 p.m.. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring TU professors John Hale, Computer Science, and Tamara Peity, Law, and the Tulsa World’s... MORE

Big Ideas @ TU – Privacy, Technology, and The Circle

A series of conversations, readings, discussions, and debates sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities. Join us this spring as the Oklahoma Center for the  Humanities launches a new program called Big Ideas @ TU. Each semester the center... MORE

TU Arts & Humanities Festival

Last spring the first TU Arts and Humanities Festival held at the Lorton Performance Center at the University of Tulsa. Visit our Facebook page to see more images from the event.

100th Anniversary of WWI

Throughout the year we’ll be looking at the art, history, music, and theater of the “war to end all wars.” The year 2014 marks the centennial of World War One and the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will mark the  occasion... MORE

Meet the 2014-2015 Fellows

The Center has selected its first class of nine Fellows who will be pursuing research on the history and future of privacy. The Center’s inaugural class of Fellows began the research seminar on privacy and include: Hope Forsyth (Communications), Wayne... MORE