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A Chat with TU Law Professor Robert Spoo, a Newly Named 2016 Guggenheim Fellow

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Aired on Wednesday, April 13th.

On this edition of ST, we present a fascinating discussion with Dr. Robert Spoo, the Chapman Distinguished Chair at The University of Tulsa College of Law, who has recently been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2016 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. This foundation annually awards prestigious fellowships to individuals in both the arts and sciences who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship and/or creativity throughout their careers; this year, the foundation awarded 175 fellowships to scholars, artists, and scientists based in the United States and Canada, who were chosen from nearly 3,000 applicants. (You can find a full list of 2016 Guggenheim Fellows here.) Dr. Spoo, who is often cited as one of America's top intellectual property experts, has published widely on the law, on modern literature, and on the various connecting points between these two -- in particular, copyright law. As he tells us today -- in a conversation touching upon Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and even Mickey Mouse -- he plans to use his fellowship to complete a book that carries the working title of "Modernism and the Law."

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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