Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With OU’s Civil War Teach-In And A Tornado Project Forum

Mar 6, 2014

"A War for the Union 1862-A Cavalry Charge" engraving by Winslow Homer
Credit Winslow Homer / Brooklyn Museum

The University of Oklahoma presents a “Teach-In On The Civil War” Monday, March 10. Highly reputable academics from across the country come to Norman for the all-day event that features lectures and panel discussions about the era.

OU President David Boren delivers a few words before the opening lecture from Clemson University historian Vernon Burton at 9:30 a.m. in OU’s Catlett Music Center.

At noon, the Teach-In moves to the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in the Oklahoma Memorial Union where John Wilmerding, professor of American Art at Princeton University, presents his luncheon address “Visualizing the Civil War: Three American Artists.”

Following a series of afternoon discussions, the event concludes at the Oklahoma Memorial Union with a 6:30 p.m. dinner address from Richmond University President Ed Ayers. A leading scholar on the history of the American South, Ayers was named National Professor of the Year in 2003 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Ayers’ keynote address is titled “Where Did Freedom Come From?”

Tuesday, Stanford University sociologist Marianne Cooper comes to Norman to give two talks.

Cooper’s first presentation, “Doing Security in Insecure Times: Emotions, Inequality and Family Life”, takes place at 3:30 p.m. in room 132 of OU’s Ellison Hall.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History hosts Cooper’s evening lecture at 7:30 p.m. “Cut Adrift: How Families are Coping in an Insecure Age” examines the coping mechanisms families use when faced with 21st century adversity.

The evening address is a part of OU’s Presidential Dream Course Series, presented by OU’s Department of Sociology.

Tornado damage in classroom
Credit Andrea Booher / FEMA

KGOU leads the first public forum for Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project at 7 p.m. in Room A of the Moore Public Library on Wednesday, March 12. The event addresses tornado preparedness and storm safety.

The forum’s format is a panel discussion with three experts: National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Smith, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher Harold Brooks and Michelann Ooten of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

The Red Cross holds a charitable fundraiser this Friday, March 7 at the Woodward Conference Center. "A Night with the Red Cross" benefits Northwest Oklahoma American Red Cross Chapter. It features dinner, silent and live auction.

The evening also includes live entertainment by Dan and Noel from Dueling Pianos International; a high energy, all-request, comedy piano show that allows the audience to get in on the fun.The fundraiser ends by presenting Bruce and Sheryl Benbrook with the 2014 Community Hero for Humanitarian Service Award. 

Table and ticket information are available at the Red Cross’s website

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