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Oklahoma City University’s Petree College of Arts and Sciences is proud to celebrate the published, performed and commissioned works of our esteemed and talented OCU faculty.

Please join us for an evening of entertainment, performance and community, including readings and book signings by several authors, art displays, film screenings, and presentation of film scores.

Music for the evening will be provided by the Oklahoma City University Guitar Ensemble and conductor Matt Denman.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets: $15 per person, includes one complimentary drink ticket. Heavy hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar available.

Tickets are available for $15 at the door.

Support provided by:

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OCU Faculty Participants

Dream Scene From Oklahoma!
JO ROWAN, Professor of Dance, Director, American Spirit Dance Company, Chair of Dance 

Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams.

The lonely, disturbed farm hand Jud Fry has become obsessed with Laurey and asks her to the dance. She accepts to spite Curly, although she is afraid of Jud. 

Confused by her feelings for Curly and her fear of Jud, Laurey purchases a "magic potion", which the unscrupulous peddler guarantees will reveal her true love. In an extended dream ballet sequence, Laurey first dreams of what marriage to Curly would be like. Her dream takes a nightmarish turn when Jud appears and kills Curly. She cannot escape him, confused by her desires. The dream makes her realize that Curly is the right man for her, but it is too late to change her mind about going to the dance with Jud; he has come for her, and they leave for the box social.

Windows to the West
EDWARD KNIGHT, Professor of Music, Composer-in-Residence

Windows to the West is an original composition by Dr. Edward Knight, OCU composer-in-residence, performed by the OCU Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by Prix de West Artist Wilson Hurley’s masterpiece, the composition brings to life these majestic landscapes through musical interpretation. 

MIKE WIMMER, Artist in Residence, Chair, Department of Art

With traditionally-styled oil paintings by artist Mike Wimmer, these stunning illustrations  lend an epic gravitas to the narrative, as we see Washington as a baby, a young boy studying, a young man working as a surveyor, a soldier, a married man, and of course a general and a statesman. 

Mythopoeic Narnia: Memory, Metaphor, and Metamorphoses in C.S. Lewis's the Chronicles of Narnia
SALWA KHODDAM, Ph.D. Professor Emirita

MYTHOPOEIC NARNIA offers a fresh approach to reading THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA is based on an inquiry into Lewis's use of the classical and Christian symbols that percolated in his imagination. This study of the literary contexts of these stories - their traditional myths and motifs - places NARNIA in the company of highly ranked mythopoeic works in Western Literature. In Lewis's imagination, memory and metaphor interact to advance a change of heart and mind in his readers - a Christian metamorphosis. So much rides on these deceptively simple fairy tales. Like Lewis's The Allegory of Love, they open a door for readers into the magical world of the Western Imagination.

The Wildflowers of Baltimore
ROB ROENSCH, Assistant Professor of English, Assistant Director of Creative Writing 

The Wildflowers of Baltimore is a collection of stories about young men on high-stakes searches for love, truth and understanding.

In many cases, the searching young men discover that the answers they come to are both more challenging and less comforting than what they thought they were going to find. In “Stillborn Giraffe,” an unreflective college student finds himself suddenly faced with the essential truth of life and death in the form of a giraffe struggling to give birth. In “Hush,” a girl goes missing, and a new father is cajoled by an old friend with a checkered past into joining the search party. What the search party finds is not what they expect.

As these characters search the world, they must also search themselves. The stories in The Wildflowers of Baltimore are about characters seeking answers to life’s biggest questions, whether they know it or not: What does it mean to be a man? A father? What does it mean to love? to be alive? How should one live?

Children in Early Christian Narratives
SHARON BETSWORTH, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religion, Director, Wimberly School of Religion 

This book examines the New Testament and early Christian stories of Jesus' birth and childhood, narratives of the children whom Jesus heals and blesses, and stories of Jesus' mother Mary's childhood.  The author will discuss some of the approaches that biblical scholars use when researching and writing on the biblical text.

The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach
MICHAEL RAIBER, Professor of Music Education

This book helps prospective music teachers begin their transition from music students to their roles as professional music educators. The text uniquely works to build upon the individual’s personal experience to enhance their approach to the profession. The authors help students recognize their personal perspectives of the profession through discovering ideas about themselves, the act of teaching, and student learning. With the understandings developed from these discoveries, these perspective teachers are prepared to make mindful informed decisions about their professional education.

Soul of Society:  A Focus on the Lives of Children and Youth
M. NICOLE WAREHIME, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, Director Master of Science in Criminology

As social scientists, we are called to investigate society.  A powerful component of understanding society can be found when researching the lives of children and youth.  "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children" stated Nelson Mandela.  This volume provides a glimpse into the lives of children and youth; thus, the Soul of Society:  A Focus on the Lives of Children and Youth.  I will also discuss my work as a child advocate and researcher in Oklahoma and on an International Child Fatalities Survey. 

The Neglected Child: How to Recognize, Respond, and Prevent
LAURA WILHELM, Doctor of Education - Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Child neglect is a neglected aspect of child maltreatment in the literature.  But the research that does exist shows that there are many things teachers of young children can do to help prevent neglect. They are well-positioned to help prevent maltreatment, but usually not well-prepared to do so. This book is designed to be a quick read and a handy reference with real-world examples, risk factors and red-flags that indicate possible neglect, as well as how to respond to suspicions. 

Fifties Ethnicities - The Ethnic Novel and Mass Culture at Midcentury
TRACY FLOREANI, Ph.D. – Professor of English, Chair of the Department of English

Engages the public with more scholarly intellectual humanities research by bringing literary novels and pop culture together to show how they are in dialogue with one another and inform our sense of who we are as Americans during a pivotal historical period. 

Drawing pictures to understand chemistry
STEPHEN PRILLIMAN, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry, Chair of Chemistry

Chemistry is a dreaded subject for most students in part because of the heavy emphasis on calculations. Over the last 30 years, chemistry educators have realized that emphasizing calculations does not help our students. Research has shown that students often memorize how to do a calculation without creating an understanding of the related concepts. Furthermore, for practising chemists, calculations are only one means of solving problems. We frequently solve problems by making drawings and other models to make sense of data. The changing emphasis in chemistry education is reflected in the recent changes made to the Advanced Placement Chemistry curriculum, an advanced chemistry course offered at over 7000 high schools in the United States.

The presentation will discuss ways to help students make the connection to the level of atoms and molecules through drawings, models, simulations and other methods of visualising atoms and molecules. I will also discuss the importance of creativity in teaching chemistry.

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh
MARC DiPAOLO Ph.D, Associate Professor of English and Moving Image Arts, Assistant Director of the Honors Program
BRYAN-CARDINALE-POWELL, Visiting Assistant Professor of Moving Image Arts

Renowned for making films that are at once sly domestic satires and heartbreaking 'social realist' dramas, British writer-director Mike Leigh confronts his viewers with an un-romanticized dramatization of modern-day society in the hopes of inspiring them to strive for greater self-awareness and compassion for others. This collection features new, interdisciplinary essays that cover all phases of the BAFTA-award-winner's film career, from his early made-for-television film work to his theatrical releases, including Life is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993), Secrets & Lies (1996), Career Girls (1997), Topsy-Turvy(1999), All or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). With contributions from international scholars from a variety of fields, the essays in this collection cover individual films and the recurring themes and motifs in several films, such as representations of class and gender, and overt social commentary and political subtexts. 

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