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2023-2024 Events


Turning Red Screening & Panel
September 14, 2023, 6 p.m. at the Lorton Performance Center

Watch Turning Red ahead of the fall Presidential Lecture with Danielle Feinberg. Join us ahead of the screening for Pixar trivia, a costume contest and Chipotle. Stay after to hear from TU professors in film, psychology, computer science and game design, and art. Learn more here.

What is Fantasy and Who Decides?
September 20, 2023, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

Help us celebrate Danielle Gurevitch and Elana Gomel’s new book, The Palgrave Handbook of Global Fantasy! Both Gurevitch and Gomel will participate in a panel about fantasy and their new book at 101 E. Archer. Arrive early and get a free Dungeons and Dragons dice set. Reception with food and wine to follow.

Hellerween Auditions
September 23, 2023, 12 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

Heller Theatre Company and the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities are proud to present the second year of the horror-themed short play program, “Hellerween: Shorts to Scare You Shortless!” Stop by 101 Archer to audition to be in this production! Auditions will be held on the second floor. Learn more here.

Burning Biographer: Living with D.H. Lawrence
September 26, 2023, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

Help us welcome frequent New York Review of Books contributor Frances Wilson to Tulsa. Wilson will talk about the art of biography, her new book Burning Man: The Trials of D.H. Lawrence,and the research she is doing on novelist Muriel Spark in McFarlin Library’s Special Collections. Learn more here.

Deep Greenwood Community Read Event #1
September 28, 2023, 6:30 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church

This conversation will explore the politics of Tulsa before the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the echoes of those politics we see in our national issues today. The event will cover chapters 1-8 of Built From the Fire. Learn more here.


Fall Presidential Lecture – Danielle Feinberg
October 3, 2023, 7:30 p.m. at the Lorton Performance Center

Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997, and since then, she has worked on 14 of Pixar’s feature films. She cut her teeth on early films like A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Feinberg was the director of photography-lighting for the Academy Award®- winning features WALL•E, Brave, and Coco. Most recently she completed her work as the visual effects supervisor on Turning Red, released on March 11, 2022. Learn more here.

First Friday Fall Bash
October 6, 2023, 6 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is celebrating fall with a big bash for TU students during the October First Friday Art Crawl. Along with the usual food spread, live music and cash bar in our gallery, we will have free sno cones from Josh’s Sno Shack, yard games in our garden, and face painting. All students are welcome to the third floor balcony for a glo party and visit with Goldie! Don’t have a car or a ride? No worries – TU will have free shuttles running from Bayless Plaza on campus to 101 Archer and back from 4:45 – 10 p.m. Learn more here.

Graphic Design Activism
October 19, 2023, 7:00 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is welcoming renown graphic designer and curator of “The Tolerance Poster Show” – Mirko Ilić. Ilić will give an encompassing lecture, detailing his many samples of pro-bono work for different organizations and why he decided to create the Tolerance Project. Originally from Bosnia, he is currently based in New York City and works as a graphic designer and illustrator. Learn more here.

Tarot and the Motion of Fate
October 23, 2023, 7:30 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

OCH will host a series of Halloween-themed events at 101 Archer, beginning with the haunting mysticism of tarot. What does a random card draw tell us about synchronicity? How can engagement with medieval symbolism enrich our modern lives? And how can we preserve our sense of free will while facing fateful factors beyond our control? T. Susan Chang will explore the tarot deck’s evolution over six centuries and the ways tarot acts as mirror and window for the cultures in which they appear. Learn more here.

Hellerween 2023
October 26 – 28, 2023, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is proud to partner with Heller Theatre Company to present the second year of the horror-themed short play program, “Hellerween: Shorts to Scare You Shortless!” The three-day festival features short horror and suspense themed plays written by local playwrights. The plays will be staged all throughout the building, giving guests the chance to explore the abandoned floors of 101 Archer. Buy tickets here.


FLOW State with Richard Huskey
November 7, 2023, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

To continue this year’s theme of Movement, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will host Richard Huskey—a leading researcher in communications & cognitive science—to discuss flow states. Huskey is Assistant Professor of Communications and Cognitive Science at UC Davis. His work investigates the state of “flow” experienced by athletes, composers, writers, engineers, and more. Along with a group of researchers, Huskey published a recent article in the Journal of Communication that attempts to locate states of flow within brain network dynamics. Learn more here.

Aldous Huxley Reading Group
November 8 & 15, 2023, 6:30 p.m., 101 E. Archer

An open discussion of Huxley’s The Doors of Perception. Open to all TU students, faculty and staff.

Deep Greenwood Community Read #2
November 11, 2023, 4 p.m. at the Big 10 Ballroom

This event will cover chapters 9-15 of Built From the Fire. The North Tulsa venue that once hosted Ray Charles, Etta James and B.B. King is back and better than ever. Hear from Greenwood musicians and artists who remember the neighborhood as a cultural mecca, then enjoy a live band performing the 1950s hits that once dominated the Big 10 stage. Learn more here.

Aria Yoga
November 14, 2023, 6 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

In partnership with Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, Tulsa Opera will be offering Aria Yoga every second Tuesday from November 2023 to March 2024 at 101 Archer from 6:00 – 6:45 pm. Bring your mat and join us for FREE all-levels yoga sessions set to operatic hits!


Aria Yoga
December 12, 2023, 6 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

In partnership with Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, Tulsa Opera will be offering Aria Yoga every second Tuesday from November 2023 to March 2024 at 101 Archer from 6:00 – 6:45 pm. Bring your mat and join us for FREE all-levels yoga sessions set to operatic hits!

The Secret Psychedelic History of Tulsa
December 14, 2023, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

TU community join Oklahoma Center for Humanities for an enthralling one-hour talk with journalist Michael Mason, founding editor of This Land magazine, and recipient of the Tim Ferris Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship. Dive into “The Secret Psychedelic History of Tulsa,” a journey through the city’s clandestine connection to America’s psychedelic movement. Michael Mason is a science journalist and author of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath. In 2010, he founded the award-winning Oklahoma media company, This Land Press. His writings have appeared in Discover magazine, The Believer, NPR, The New York Times and elsewhere. Learn more here.


Aria Yoga
January 9, 2024, 6 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

In partnership with Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, Tulsa Opera will be offering Aria Yoga every second Tuesday from November 2023 to March 2024 at 101 Archer from 6:00 – 6:45 pm. Bring your mat and join us for FREE all-levels yoga sessions set to operatic hits!

Acting: The Art of Being Human with Isaac Butler
January 25, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

Director, contributor at “Slate” and “The New Yorker” and theatre history and performance teacher Isaac Butler joins Dr. Justin Rawlins for a conversation about method acting, in celebration of Rawlins’ new book Imagining the Method: Reception, Identity, and American Screen Performance. This conversation will explore the history of method acting and its impact on the twentieth-century stage and screen. Butler is the author ofThe Method: How the 20th Century Learned to Act. He received the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and is the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America which NPR named one of the best books of 2018. Learn more here. Learn more here.

The Conspiracy Singularity: COVID, QAnon, and the Merging of Communities of Suspicion
January 30, 2024, 7 p.m. at Tyrrell Hall

Learn about the history of conspiracy theories in the United States. Anna Merlan is a senior staff writer for VICE and author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power. Merlan specializes in subcultures, alternative communities, conspiracy theories, crime, belief, death, sexual violence and women’s lives. She was previously a reporter at the Special Projects Desk, an investigative division within Gizmodo Media Group, a senior reporter at Jezebel, and a staff writer at the Village Voice and the Dallas Observer. Her work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, BBC Travel, Topic, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times. She has been accused of being both a lizard person and a CIA agent, but never at the same time. Learn more here.


Deep Greenwood: The Lingering Legacies of Urban Renewal
February 1, 2024, 7 p.m. at OSU-Tulsa

Urban renewal radically changed Tulsa’s landscape in the 1960’s and ’70’s in ways that many residents were deeply opposed to. Author Victor Luckerson and Greenwood photographer Don Thompson will discuss the personal and policy impacts of urban renewal, juxtaposing visuals from government sources (redlining and urban renewal maps) with Thompson’s on-the-ground photography of how Greenwood residents experienced those tumultuous years. Learn more here.

Why Liberalism Failed with Patrick Deneen
February 8, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

Join us for a discussion with the University of Notre Dame’s Patrick J. Deneen about the history of liberalism. In his book, “Why Liberalism Failed”, Deneen argues liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, comprehensive state system in human history. He offers a warning that the centripetal forces now at work on our political culture are not superficial flaws but inherent features of a system whose success is generating its own failure. Learn more here.

Aria Yoga
February 13, 2024, 6 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

In partnership with Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, Tulsa Opera will be offering Aria Yoga every second Tuesday from November 2023 to March 2024 at 101 Archer from 6:00 – 6:45 pm. Join us in February for couples yoga! Bring your mat and join us for FREE all-levels yoga sessions set to operatic hits!

Recovering Forgotten Books: A Double Book Launch for Don James McLaughlin and Stephanie Peebles-Tavera
February 15, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

Join us for a conversation between the University of Tulsa’s Don James McLaughlin and Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s Stephanie Tavera for a conversation about literary recovery projects and the medical humanities. This event is in celebration of McLaughlin’s new critical edition of Sarah Orne Jewett’s 1885 novel “A Marsh Island” and Tavera’s new edition of Annie Nathan Meyer’s 1892 novel “Helen Brent, M.D.” Learn more here.

Carl Phillips
February 20, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

More information coming soon!

Imposter Syndrome with LaShawnda Fields
February 22, 2024, 7 p.m. at Tyrrell Hall

Imposter syndrome is describe as a behavioral health phenomenon where high-achieving individuals lack the ability to recognize their success and doubt their skills and accomplishments. How do we work to combat this? Dr. LaShawnda Fields joins us from the University of Arkansas’s School of Social Work for a one-hour talk that will help people at every stage of life – whether you’re a freshman, graduating senior, young professional, or well into your career. Learn more here.

Genetics and the Peopling of the Americas with Jennifer Raff
February 29, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

How–and when–did people first come to the American continents? In the last two decades, models to answer this question have been rapidly evolving. As researchers have worked to construct and test new models for the initial peopling of the Americas, they have increasingly incorporated evidence from the genomes of ancient peoples, which provide an archive of human population history. Ancient DNA has revealed a complex story of migrations, isolation, and adaptation, one which is still unfolding as more genomes are studied every year. In this talk, Jennifer Raff will examine the latest genetic and archaeological evidence for the origins of the First Peoples. Learn more here.


Aria Yoga
March 12, 2024, 6 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

In partnership with Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, Tulsa Opera will be offering Aria Yoga every second Tuesday from November 2023 to March 2024 at 101 Archer from 6:00 – 6:45 pm. Bring your mat and join us for FREE all-levels yoga sessions set to operatic hits! Join us in March for a special live opera performance after the class!

Book Launch for Jennifer Croft
March 12, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

Join us for a celebration for TU President’s Professor Jennifer Croft and her new book “The Extinction of Irena Rey.” From the International Booker Prize-winning translator and Women’s Prize finalist, an utterly beguiling novel about eight translators and their search for a world-renowned author who goes missing in a primeval Polish forest. Publisher’s Weekly has called it “mirthful,” “energetic,” “wickedly funny,” “absurdly entertaining,” “juicy,” “twisty,” and “poignant.” Learn more here.

“There is No AI” Spring Presidential Lecture – Jaron Lanier
March 26, 2024, 7 p.m. at the Lorton Performance Center

While he is at the very center of AI developments, Jaron Lanier also has a radically different take on AI.  He doesn’t think AI is a thing in itself, but is instead a new kind of social collaboration.  AI as we know it today combines the expressions of real humans in new and useful ways.  A chatbot borrows from things real people have said before and recombines them, for instance.  This perspective opens up more useful ways to think than the usual science fiction framing, which treats the programs as mysterious, potentially scary creatures.  Instead of using hard-to-define terms like “safety” or “fairness” to improve AI, we can ask whose input was important to a given output.  That concreteness suggests ways to spread both lines of responsibility and opportunity.  Instead of asking who will be put out of work by AI, we can ask who should be incentivized and rewarded for offering better data to go into AI programs.  Lanier is also one of the few scientists working in the field who is good at explaining how the programs work to non-technical audiences. Learn more here.

Acrolife: Creative Socioeconomic Alliances of Marginalized Young Men in Kenya
March 28, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

The University of Tulsa’s Office of the Provost, Henneke Center and Oklahoma Center for the Humanities are thrilled to welcome Nina Berman to Tulsa to talk about her project, which looks at the lives of acrobats in Kenya. This presentation highlights the complexities of the lives of Kenyan acrobats and explores their experience in the context of Kenya, but also with an eye toward the situation of uneducated young men globally. Learn more here.


Ned Blackhawk
April 1, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

John Guillory
April 2, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

Tulsa Artist Fellowship Mentorship Reading
April 4, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

Deep Greenwood: A People’s History of Protest in Tulsa
April 11, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer

Carlo Rotella
April 18, 2024, 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer


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  • Spring 2023 Events

    Spring 2023 Events


    Pandemic Politics and the Viral Underclass

    April 6, 7pm at 101 Archer

    “A theory of the viral underclass can serve as a framework for understanding how vulnerability is manufactured… and how viruses spread through society more broadly.” Learn more here.

    An Evening With Mohsin Hamid

    April 9, 7pm at the Reynold’s Center on TU’s campus

    Mohsin Hamid is the award-winning author of Exit West, TU’s 2022 Common Read selection. Hamid will give a keynote address followed by a moderated Q&A. Learn more here.

    Publishing in Mainstream Venues

    April 15, 3:30pm at 101 Archer

    Dr. Kevin Dettmar in conversation with Ted Genoways

    Are We Losing Our Capacity for Freedom?

    April 19, 7pm at 101 Archer

    Join us in welcoming author, essayist, and literary critic, Bill Deresiewicz, as he discusses his newest book, The End of Solitude. Learn more here.



    The Work of Sovereignty Exhibit

    March-April at 101 E. Archer

    Gallery open Wed.-Sat. 12pm-5pm


    Reproductive Rights and Freedom Symposium

    March 4, 9am-4pm at 101 E. Archer

    For more information and/or to register, click here.

    Freedom Machine or Death Trap? The Dilemmas of Driving

    March 9, 7pm at 101 E. Archer

    “Automobiles have always been… the great American ‘freedom machines.’ But for too many of us, they have become vehicles of unfreedom.” Learn more here.


    The Rhyme and Rhythm of Democracy

    Feb. 2, 7pm at Tyrell Hall

    Featuring acclaimed historian and author, Siva Vaidhyanathan. Learn more here.


    In the Kingdom of Shadows: Book Launch

    Feb. 10, 5pm at the Zarrow Center

    TU Prof. Nicole Bauer will be in conversation with Jennifer Davis. Learn more here.


    An Evening with Susan Briante

    Feb. 16, 7pm at Tyrell Hall

    Briante will talk with TAF and OCH fellow, author Kaveh Basiri, about her newest book, Defacing the Monument. Learn more here.


    The All-Black Towns of Oklahoma: Conference

    Feb. 18, at 101 Archer St.

    The accompanying gallery exhibition runs January 6-February 25 at the Zarrow Center downtown. To register for the conference or to learn more, click here.


    Freedom in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    Feb. 22, 7pm at the Zarrow Center

    Blaine Greteman writes, “As our lives are increasingly guided by artificial intelligence, what are the implications for the humanities, and for human freedom itself?” Learn more here.


    Becoming Disabled: Book Launch

    Feb. 23, 7pm at the Zarrow Center

    TU Prof. Jan Wilson will be in conversation with Sara Beam. Learn more here.


    To stay up-to-date on all of our upcoming events, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Or visit the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities blog for more information.

  • 2021 Events


    THURSDAY, January 28, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

    Dying to Belong: Racism, Public Health, and the Law

    Online Event

    In this talk, Montrece McNeill Ransom, JD, MPH, public health expert and belonging strategist, will define and characterize belonging, highlight its impact on human potential and health disparities, and describe how our legal system can serve as a facilitator and barrier to a sense of belonging for marginalized populations. She will also offer tips on steps we can all take to cultivate cultures of belonging in the places where we live, learn, work, play, and worship. 

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    THURSDAY, February 4, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

    White Rage: A Community Discussion

    Online Event

    Join us for an essential and timely discussion about white rage in America. Copies of Carol Anderson’s book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide will be distributed prior to the event by our partners at Fulton Street Books in Tulsa.

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    THURSDAY, February 25, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

    BorderX: A Crisis in Graphic Detail

    Online Event

    Join us for a conversation with Mauricio Alberto Cordero, editor of BorderX: A Crisis in Graphic Detail. BorderX is a comic anthology about the crisis on the southern border. It includes work by dozens of artists who have created a series of exhibits, narratives, posters, and ruminations. This collaborative work creates a prism of different views on the cruelty of American policies at the border and their far-reaching effects on immigrants and asylum seekers.

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    THURSDAY, March 11, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM Immigration, Justice and Courage

    Online Event

    We’re delighted to welcome Reverend Daniel Groody, author of “Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace,” for a discussion about immigration, justice, and courage. This talk is designed not as another report on the crisis at the border but as a discussion about reshaping how we understand the people and events there.

    THURSDAY, March 25, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

    Zombies, Seances, and the Unrestful Dead: Art after the Pandemic

    Online Event

    Elizabeth Outka is the author of Viral Modernism: The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature, a work about literary and artistic responses to the early 20th century Flu Pandemic and the ways in which it shaped modern culture. In her talk she will discuss pandemics featured in art and literature, connecting 1918 to 2020 and focusing on the flu’s surprising connection to zombies, spiritualism, and poems like T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”

    THURSDAY, March 18, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

    Coming of Age at the End of the World: An Existential Toolkit for the Climate/COViD Generation 

    Online Event

    Join Sarah Ray, the author of “A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety,” for a discussion about letting go of eco-guilt, resisting burnout, and cultivating resilience while advocating for climate justice. Copies of her book will also be given away to a limited number of participants.

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  • 2020 Events



    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 AT 7 PM – 8 PM

    A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing: An Evening with Author DaMaris Hill

    Online Event

    Join us for a virtual talk with Dr. DaMaris Hill, author of the award-winning book, “A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing.” From Harriet Tubman to Assata Shakur, Ida B. Wells to Sandra Bland and Black Lives Matter, black women freedom fighters have braved violence, scorn, despair, and isolation in order to lodge their protests. In A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, DaMaris Hill honors their experiences with at times harrowing, at times hopeful responses to her heroes.***30 free copies of Dr. Hill’s book and Humanities Center bookmarks will be given away to participants as part of this event***

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 AT 7 PM – 8 PM

    Dr. Jennifer Freyd: Addressing Sexual Violence with Institutional Courage

    Online Event

    Dr. Jennifer Freyd is an American researcher, author, educator, and speaker who has published widely on betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, and institutional courage. In this virtual lecture, Jennifer Freyd will explore the power of institutions to act with institutional courage and the importance of accountability and transparency in these critical moments. She will explain her concepts of betrayal trauma, betrayal blindness, DARVO, and institutional betrayal – and how these ideas and her research findings led to her work on institutional courage. Freyd will suggest concrete steps for both individuals and institutions to address sexual abuse through a lens of institutional courage.

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020 AT 7 PM – 8 PM

    Laughable Testimony: When Women Discuss Health

    Online Event

    Melanie A. Kiechle is an associate professor of history at Virginia Tech, and author of “Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America” (Washington University Press, 2017). Smell Detectives looks at the relationship between the construction of scientific expertise, on the one hand, and “common sense”―the olfactory experiences of common people―on the other. She researches and teaches at the intersections of science, medicine, lay experience, and the environment in the nineteenth century. Join us for a talk with Dr. Kiechle about the history of public health as a way of providing some context and depth of understanding to our current pandemic. Specifically, Kiechle will focus on the role women play/have played in public health.

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 AT 7 PM – 8 PM

    Our History is the Future: Standing Rock and the Long History of Indigenous Resistance

    Online Event

    Dr. Nick Estes, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico, will discuss the long tradition of settler violence and indigenous resistance in the U.S. Estes is the author of the book Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019) and he co-edited Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement. In 2014, he co-founded The Red Nation, an Indigenous resistance organization. ***30 free copies of Dr. Estes’ book and Humanities Center bookmarks will be given away to participants as part of this event***

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 AT 7 PM – 8 PM

    All the Rage: The Culture of Online Anger

    Online Event

    Anger and fear seem to pervade online culture in our current times–and liberals and conservatives are both susceptible. Join us for a virtual discussion with Dr. Dannagal Goldthwaite Young and A.J. Bauer about the culture and psychology of online political outrage. Young is an Associate Professor of Communication and Political Science at the University of Delaware where she studies the content, audience, and effects of political humor. Her research on the psychology and influence of political entertainment has been widely published. Her book Irony and Outrage examines satire and outrage as the logical extensions of the respective psychological profiles of liberals and conservatives. Bauer is a writer and former journalist based in New York. His work has appeared in The Daily Texan, the Austin American-Statesman, the Texas Observer, The Patriot Ledger, the Boston Globe, Social Text Periscope and The Guardian. He researches contemporary and historical right-wing movements and conservatism in the United States. He is visiting Assistant Professor at NYU and co-editor of the recent book News on the Right. He will start as Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama in 2021.



    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020 AT 7 PM – 8 PM

    Hope in Times of Trauma: A Discussion with Dr. Chan Hellman

    Online Event

    Dr. Chan Hellman is internationally renowned for his work on building a hope-centered response to trauma. Hellman is a professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Founding Director of the Hope Research Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Pediatrics for the OU College of Medicine and the Department of Health Promotion Science for the OU College of Public Health. With over 150 scholarly publications and countless workshop in the areas of child maltreatment, domestic violence, homelessness, etc., Chan has focused his work on sharing the science and power of hope in our ability to overcome trauma and thrive. If you’re interested in ways to build a hope-centered approach to trauma, then you won’t want to miss this discussion.

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 AT 7 PM – 8 PM

    Who Watches the Watchmen? Race and Representation in Speculative Fiction

    Online Event

    Join us for a virtual conversation between Dr. André Carrington and Dr. Rebecca Wanzo on representations of race in The Watchmen–and beyond. From comic books to science fiction, our acknowledgement of the significance of blackness in twentieth-century American literature, television, and culture is more important than ever. Carrington is a scholar of race, gender, and genre in Black and American cultural production. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction texts. Rebecca Wanzo is a professor and chair of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her most recent book, The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging (NYU Press, 2020) examines how Black cartoonists have used racialized caricatures to criticize constructions of ideal citizenship, as well as the alienation of African Americans from such imaginaries.