Please join us in welcoming Dayne Riley to the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities. He will be serving as the Assistant Director, a position made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In his new position, Dayne will oversee three exhibitions in the Zarrow Center Gallery and coordinate talks aligned with these exhibits. He will also help to develop and organize OCH’s public events.
Dayne returns to OCH after participating in the Center’s 2015-2016 seminar on Humor as a graduate student research fellow. A May 2020 graduate of TU, he earned his Ph.D. in English literature with an emphasis in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature. William Shakespeare, John Milton, Aphra Behn, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift–he loves them all and is currently writing a scholarly book on alcohol, tobacco, and trade in British satire.
While he comes to us from a very different research background, he is already getting excited about this new and interesting challenge. As Assistant Director, Dayne hopes to contribute meaningfully to downtown Tulsa’s burgeoning arts and humanities scene. He is most excited to help his Tulsa community grow and to have meaningful, rich conversations about books, movies, music, and art.