Director of the Center for Interpersonal Learning through Film and Literature, Professor of English
Office: WC 171
Phone: (405) 208-5472
Great Films, Film and international Explorations; American Literature; Literature for Adolescents; Composition; Western Literature; World Literature; Values in Literature; Psychological Bases of Learning in Children.
Teaching and Research Interests:
Dr. Winn's passions are varied: viewing and exploring great international films and world literature; learning from students who become his teachers in a classroom community of inquiry; blending of fiction, autobiography and anthropology to create new forms; searching for meaning through myth and its contemporary shaman, the artists of our era; American and Colonial Literature beyond borders; the art of play and transformation in the exploration and experience of the arts as integrated rather than separate; gender studies, both female and male; directing grant-funded Humanities programs that involve the campus and the larger metropolitan community as well as non-traditional audiences such as adults returning to school with rich life experiences, newly literate adults, families with children challenged to read with pleasure and reflection; the philosophical conception of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. He has published in three areas: articles on American and World writers like Faulkner, Hemingway, O'Connor, Steinbeck, Malamud, Tolstoy, Forester, Lawrence, Chopin, Alcott; interviews with the major poet The Center brings to campus each spring; film studies of auteurs or directors; articles on childhood and the Montessori approach to understanding how children learn.
Director of the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature, Director of the OCU Film Institute, Director of the Spring Documentary Film Series, Director of the “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” Humanities book discussion series for the campus and larger Oklahoma City community, Co-Chair of the Oklahoma City University Distinguished Speaker Series, Member of the OCU Reads Book Selection Committee, Developing the Center's large collection of international, independent and classic films that are available to students, faculty, staff and the greater Oklahoma City community, Priddy Fellowship for arts integration and community connections.