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A Woody Guthrie Symposium -- "Standing at the Crossroads of American Cultural Life" -- Coming to TU

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Aired on Tuesday, April 26th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with two University of Tulsa faculty members about an exciting Woody Guthrie symposium -- entitled "Standing at the Crossroads of American Cultural Life" -- that will happen at TU's Lorton Performance Center on Saturday the 30th. Our guests are Dr. Randall Fuller, the Chapman Professor of English, and Dr. Brian Hosmer, the Barnard Associate Professor of Western American History. (More information about this day-long event, for which reservations are required, can be found at this link from the TU website.) As we learn on our show today, this symposium will feature compelling presentations on, to cite just a few topics: "Finding a Modern Woody Guthrie," "Atomic Woody: Woody, Einstein, and the Impact of Twentieth Century Science," "Country Music Melodies and Their Influence on Woody Guthrie," "Our Unseen Friend: Early Radio and the Tuning In of Woody Guthrie's Performing Persona," and "In the Tradition of Woody: Ry Cooder's American Sound and Vision." There will also be several excellent musical performances presented in Tulsa in the coming days, in connection with this symposium; more on those concerts can be found here.

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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