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"The Memory Boom in Public History at the Civil War Sesquicentennial"

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Aired on Friday, May 18th.

Today and tomorrow (May 18th and 19th), the University of Tulsa and Gilcrease Museum will host a two-day symposium to announce the now-being-planned Helmerich Center for American Research, a new scholarly resource to be constructed on the grounds of the museum. The symposium is entitled "Material Memory" (and you can learn all about it at this link). Our guest on this edition of StudioTulsa is the award-winning Civil War historian, David W. Blight, a Professor of American History and the Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. Professor Blight will be a keynote speaker at the "Material Memory" conference; his free-to-the-public address, which happens at 7pm tonight (Friday the 18th) at the Gilcrease Auditorium, is entitled "The Memory Boom in Public History at the Civil War Sesquicentennial." He joins us by phone to discuss the various ways in which Americans have remembered, romanticized, re-enacted, reflected on, and reacted to the Civil War in the 150 years since it occurred.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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