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Curiosity Fest - 2018 Program Presenters

Featured Speaker - Jad Abumrad
Founder, NPR's Radiolab

photo by Lizzy Johnston

"Gut Churn"
Jad Abumrad's multimedia, ticketed presentation addresses how curiosity, often manifesting as a gut-wrenching question, leads to creative solutions. 

A ticketed reception allows sponsors and premium ticket holders the opportunity to meet Jad.

Curiosity Fest Presenters

Adam and Kizzie - Roots of the Rhythm: A History of African American Music

Adam & Kizzie joined together on a mission to give music their absolute best. Their music is a tribute to everything that is genuinely great about music. Without a genre-specific box to pin their music to, they are now affectionately known as The Originators of EEDO, their own non-genre genre.

They are the 3rd place winners of Usher's 2017 MEGASTAR Talent Competition out of over 7,000 contestants worldwide! Upon winning they were given the chance to meet and be mentored by Usher himself in LA. The Oklahoman couple has been featured on a number of programs including an episode on Food Network's Season 8 of Restaurant Impossible titled, "Face The Music", Season 4 of the Chevy Music Showcase documentary series, and KOKH-25's "Living Oklahoma" with Meg & Mitch. The duo can also be heard on musical projects including J.Lee The Producer's newly released album Music Box, Ohmega Watts' album Pieces of a Dream, the Support Local Heroes: Vol. 1 benefit album produced to aid victims affected in the 2013 Oklahoma tornado disaster, and more. Since premiering the official music video for their hit song, ‘Train’, it has been awarded the official Short Film selection at the 2015 deadCenter Film Festival and OKC Black History Month Film Festival. They have shared the stage with such rising musical stars as The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The Funky Knuckles, KNOWER, Sean C. Johnson and many more. In 2014, the couple signed with Ropeadope Records and are stoked to have released their third album with the label, The Book of EEDO Vol. 3: THREEDO.

Anita Arnold - Oklahoma City's African American Education

Since 1991, Anita Arnold, has served as Executive Director of BLAC, Inc. Ms. Arnold is a former executive of the U. S. Postal Service where she had responsibility for national information systems for Real Estate and Buildings of the Postal Service. She was the second highest level female Postal Service executive in the country.

Ms. Arnold is a retired district manager of AT&T Consumer Products where she managed a $1.6 billion product line of purchased data products and is owner of Investment Brokerage Company and Argos Properties. She is the recipient of the coveted Governor’s Arts Award and the Pathmakers of Oklahoma City/County Award. She was a member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Committee for three years. She received the 2010 Oklahoma Human Rights Award. She is author of six cultural history books, “Charlie and the Deuce,” “Legendary Times and Tales of Second Street,” “The Charlie Christian Photo Album,” Oklahoma City Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond,” “Charlie Christian – 100 Year Legacy,” and “Oklahoma City’s African American Education.”

She is the mother of three very successful children who attended college and graduated with several degrees. She is the grandmother of seven, of which one graduated from college, another is in college and two granddaughters that are Presidential Scholars who have been honored and recognized by President Barack Obama and headed to college.

Sharon Bishop-Baldwin - Becoming Brave: Winning Marriage Equality in Oklahoma And Finding Our Voice

Sharon Bishop-Baldwin is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, with her wife, Mary, and their five cats. After a 21-year editing career at the Tulsa World, Sharon left the newspaper in 2014 to write a book about the decade-long Oklahoma marriage equality lawsuit, which brought same-sex marriage to the state in October 2014 after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the case. Sharon and Mary were the lead plaintiffs in the case, and “Becoming Brave: Winning Marriage Equality in Oklahoma and Finding Our Voice” is Sharon’s recounting of the couple’s story. Sharon, who also is a state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator, is working on a couple of other book projects, including one about wildlife rehabbing.

Ben Bates - Community Rememberance Project

Ben is a graduate of Yale University (Bachelor of Arts / American Studies / 1973), The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (Master of Fine Arts / English-Creative Writing / 1979), and Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (Doctor of Philosophy / Speech Communication-Theatre Arts / 1995). He has been an actor, a writer, a stage director, and for the last twenty years he has been a member of the faculty at Langston University. Ben is currently the acting chairman of the department of English and Foreign Languages. He teaches basic English and reading improvement and has taught composition, literature, speech and theatre arts as well.  He’s been married to Bettye Black for over 35 years and they have four grown children: Langston, Eve, Dave and Matt.  Ben is not much of a joiner, which is why joining the Humanities Council is such a kick for him. His most rewarding long-term associations/activities have been with the Pollard Theatre Company in Guthrie, the Oklahoma State University Writing Project, and the National Writing Project.  Ben was a member of the NWP Board of Directors from 2008 to 2013.

Chris Carroll - BrainBox

Chris Carroll joined the Oklahoma Humanities staff in August 2014 as Marketing and Development Officer and became Program Officer in 2016. He administers the council’s regrant program and hosts the newest council program, BrainBox, a monthly podcast.

Chris holds a B.A. in Humanities with emphases in History and Literature from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL.  Chris worked for Oklahoma County’s Metropolitan Library System for ten years, including seven years as the library system’s Development Coordinator.  Chris previously worked at Duke University’s Perkins Library and as an Admissions Officer at Oklahoma City Community College and at Brevard Community College in Melbourne, FL.  He has also written freelance pieces for publications including Distinctly Oklahoma magazine, Info magazine, and NewsOK.com.

Tanya Finchum, Alex Bishop and Julie Pearson-Little Thunder - Life at 100 Years of Age: The Centenarian Play

The Oklahoma 100 Year Life oral history project and the Centenarians short play is a collaborative between three Oklahoma State University faculty members. Dr. Alex Bishop, Human Development and Family Science Department/Gerontology Program, and Dr. Tanya Finchum, Edmon Low Library/Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, spearheaded the oral history project conducting interviews with 111 centenarians residing in Oklahoma. The collection was then used by Dr. Julie Pearson-Little Thunder, Edmon Low Library/Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, to create an original theatrical production which has been performed by both students and professionals.

Beth Fleming - Music and Memory

Bonnie Elizabeth (Beth) Fleming is the Music and Theater Liaison Associate Professor of Library Science at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Her circuitous route to Music Librarianship included degrees in music education (Arkansas State University, 1988), oboe performance (Arkansas State University, 1989), and music history (University of Kansas, MM 1992 and PhD 1998). When the reality of continuous unemployment hit, she finally reached enlightenment and decided to repurpose herself by attending Kent State University, graduating with Master of Library and Information Science in 2009.  She joined the staff at Oklahoma City University as Music Librarian in August 2010. Her musicological research interests focus on music in England, Beethoven, Chamber Music, the effects of music on memory, and the ever-changing state of musical patronage.  She was awarded the Walter Gerboth Award at the 2012 Dallas Music Library Association Conference to further her research toward writing a biography on visionary arts patron Betty Freeman.  Her music library related research interests lay in the areas of resource sharing and collection development as well as bibliographic instruction and cultivating an awareness of current copyright issues affecting musical interests.  Currently she serves on the Legislation committee of MLA, is the chairman of the Women in Music Interest Group, and is a member of the Music Librarianship Educator’s Interest Group for MLA and is on the editorial board of Music Reference Services Quarterly.  She credits magnificent music librarians of her past such as Susan Hitchens, James Smith, Peter Lisius, Daniel Boomhower and most especially Patricia Stroh with helping her find her destiny and the ultimate blessing--a job that she loves.

Traci Floreani and Molly O'Connor - OKC StorySLAM Showcase

Tracy Floreani is Professor of English at Oklahoma City University, where she teaches American literature and writing. She is also responsible for public humanities programming at the university in her role as director of the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. She joined the OKCStorySLAM planning team in 2016 and has been a regular emcee for SLAMs ever since.

Molly O'Connor is a multidisciplinary artist, a cultural worker, a public servant, a mischief maker, and a bard in training. Prior to joining the staff at the Oklahoma Arts Council in 2006, she served for five years as the director of the WinterTales Storytelling Festival at the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. In 2005, she founded the OKC StorySLAM as a way to engage new audiences in the art of storytelling.

Carla Goble - Social Studies for Infants and Toddlers: Activities to Develop a Sense of Self

Carla B. Goble has a Ph.D. in child development from Oklahoma State University.  She began her career as an early childhood teacher and is a founding member of the Oklahoma Early Childhood Education Organization.  Dr. Goble received  the ZERO-TO-THREE Leader for the 21st Century Fellowship and was awarded the Exemplary Activities in Teacher Preparation Award from the National Science Foundation  Division of  Undergraduate Education.  She has published professional journal articles on early childhood education, teacher preparation, and infant-toddler development and programming. Her current book focuses on the importance of social studies learning during the early years to help children develop the ability to successfully relate to, understand, and interact with others.

John Granger - Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, and the Meaning of Life

Tagged "The Dean of Harry Potter Scholars" by TIME magazine's Lev Grossman, John Granger has been the leading expert on the subject of the artistry and meaning of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels since the publication of his first book on the subject in 2002. The author or editor of eight books, 'The Hogwarts Professor' has been a Keynote and Featured Speaker at more than twenty academic and fan conferences and spoken at twenty five major universities and colleges. John has a Bachelor's degree in Classics from the University of Chicago, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and is working on his PhD thesis at Swansea University (Wales). He blogs at HogwartsProfessor.com and is the featured guest on the ‘Reading Writing Rowling’ podcasts at MuggleNet. John was also a finalist in the 2006 Witch Weekly 'Most Winning Smile,' house-elf division. He lives with his wife Mary and their remnant two sons of seven Harry-and-Aslan-loving children in Oklahoma City.

Joshua Grasso - Thinking Inside the Box: Comic Books from the Bayeax Tapestry and Beyond!

Joshua Grasso is a Professor of English at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He received his PhD from Miami University in 2006, and his Master’s from The University of Tulsa in 2002. He has recently published articles on Henry Fielding in MLA’s Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Henry Fielding (2015), the graphic novelist Posy Simmons in Gale/Cengage’s British Writers Supplement, Vol. 25 (2018), and on M.R. James in Oklahoma Humanities (Spring 2017). A a life-long collector of comics, Joshua teaches a regular Comics as Literature course at ECU, where you can learn why The Bayeux Tapestry is the first comic book, and William Hogarth is an Eighteenth-Century precursor to Jack Kirby.

Bobby Griffith Jr. - Earthrise: The Religious Politics of a Stamp & the Role of Conspiracy in the Era of Late 1960s Fake News and Its Implications for the Social Media Age

Griffith is a Presbyterian minister, advocate, and scholar of Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism and their relationship to the Modern Conservative Movement following the Second World War. He has taught US Government, US History, and Religious History courses at the University of Oklahoma, Mid-America Christian University and Cameron University. He holds a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, as well as a Master of Arts in History from West Virginia University, and is slated to defend his dissertation in Fall 2018 for a PhD in History at the University of Oklahoma. Griffith serves on the boards of Anna's House Foundation, and RestoreOKC. He and his family live in Oklahoma City.

Jill Hicks-Keeton - An Unauthorized Scholarly Tour of the Museum of the Bible

Jill Hicks-Keeton (Phd, Duke University) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches courses on biblical literature and on ancient Judaism and Christianity. She is the author of Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel's Living God in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2018) and numerous academic articles. She co-edited The Ways that Often Parted (SBL Press, 2018) and has written for the online journals Religion & Politics and Ancient Jew Review. Hicks-Keeton is a 2018 recipient of the Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award and is currently serving as a Humanities Forum Fellow and a Risser Innovative Teaching Fellow at the University of Oklahoma. She is now working a book project that analyzes the recently-opened Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @JillHicksKeeton.

Russell Lawson - The Land Between the Rivers - Thomas Nuttall's Ascent of the Arkansas, 1819

Russell Lawson was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His first intellectual interest was in ancient Greek mythology, which led to a lifelong fascination with the history of the ancient Mediterranean. He matriculated at Oklahoma State University from 1975 to 1979, majoring in history. From 1980 to 1982, he studied at OSU for a Master's degree in Ancient Mediterranean history. He earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University of New Hampshire in 1987. He lived in New Hampshire from 1982 to 1991, during which time he researched and wrote on New England history. He has taught at schools in New England, Oklahoma, and Ontario. Dr. Lawson teaches and writes on scientists and explorers; the history of America, Europe, and the world; and the history of ideas. He has written eighteen books: nonfiction, fiction, reference. He is married, has three sons, and four rescue pups.

Aaron Mason - The Electoral College: Keep It or Drop It?

Dr. Aaron Mason currently serves as Professor of Political Science at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. He received his Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University in 2006. He has published articles on American Indian tribal governments and state government interaction as well issues dealing with the founding fathers and the U.S. Constitution. He serves as the Co-Executive Director of the NWOSU-Institute for Citizenship Studies. He also has additional teaching and research experiences at various institutions of higher education in the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona. Finally, he is the proud husband of his wife DeeAnn and the father of their children Hannah and Morgan.

Anita May - Patriot Priests, French Catholic Clergy and National Identity in World War I

Anita Rasi May received both her Master’s degree and her doctorate in European History from the University of Pittsburgh and taught in the Department of History at the University of Central Oklahoma. Although she continued to teach and pursue research intermittently, she served for thirty years as Executive Director of the state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Oklahoma (Oklahoma Humanities). Her scholarly interests have been focused on church- state relations in France during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has published articles and reviews in scholarly journals, including "The Falloux Law, the Catholic Press, and the Bishops: Crisis of Authority in the French Church", French Historical Studies, (1973) and "Is Les Deux Frances a Valid Framework for Interpreting the 19th Century Church? The French Episcopate as a Case Study", The Catholic Historical Review, (1987). A native of Utica, New York, May received her undergraduate degree at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York.

Alison Moore - Riders on the Orphan Train: Anna Laura Hill

Alison Moore, MFA, is a former Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona. She is the author of four books, the historical novel Riders on the Orphan Train, 2012, a collection of short fiction, The Middle of Elsewhere, 2006, a novel, Synonym for Love (Penguin/Plume 1996), and a collection of short stories, Small Spaces between Emergencies one of the Notable Books of 1993 chosen by The American Library Association. She received two National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowships in 1993 and 2010 and the J. Frank Dobie/Paisano Fellowship in 2007. In 2012 she received the Charles Loring Brace Award for helping to preserve the stories of the Orphan Trains.

June Owens - Lewis Hine and Storycorps Photography

June Owens grew up three miles from the Wichita Mountains and Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Oklahoma. Living on a working farm while growing up—as her entire family were farmers—allowed her to understand the importance of community and oral history at a young age.

Owens an award-winning director/producer/writer, who is developing a new way to tell her stories. Owens is specifically researching how the history of the past--along with publication of rare documents that have never been published and/or are difficult to access--can be shared through the creation of an Interactive Documentary.

This form of digital storytelling gives users and/or audiences opportunities to co-create, learn, discover, explore, archive, and collaborate. Owens researches how oral historians, such as herself, present memories that transcend cultures and borders.  In particular, she considers how these projects can be shared in public spaces, including the participation of museums, communities, families, archives, and libraries, to explore identity (public/private), memory, and a sense of place.  

Owens has created 120 videos/films in her 20 years of working professionally in television and film production as a director/producer/writer. She has won 8 film festivals and directed documentaries that have had impact and created awareness. Her documentary on domestic violence was screened at the Dallas Museum of Art and two other documentary films she directed/produced are in the permanent museum collections.

Owens lives in McKinney, Texas with her son and daughter and currently teaches at Collin College.

Michael Eric Owens - In the Light Bulb Room

Michael Eric Owens is the founder and serves as the Executive Director of the Ralph Ellison Foundation. Michael is President of M.E.O. Consulting, LLC, a company on the cutting edge of providing community engagement, leadership, and cultural and diversity training. Michael has taught at several universities, and is currently an adjunct instructor at Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City. He is a distinguished scholar, writer, and speaker. He is also co-host of the One Mic, One Voice show, which has an international listening audience.

Following a successful career in the United States Navy where he achieved Sailor of the Year honors, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, earning degrees in History and Political Science and Law as well as the Outstanding Graduate Award. He received his Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Throughout his career, Michael has received countless awards and is a proud member of the National Scholars Honor Society. As a leader and advocate for minority communities throughout the United States, Michael has created, spearheaded, and coordinated community programming that is engaging and unifying. He transitioned to Oklahoma with a proven record of bringing diverse communities together for collaboration and cultural and social exchanges. Michael has appeared on such programs as OKC Metro, OKC Mayor Magazine, and the Fox Morning Show. He has been interviewed on numerous national radio programs.

Michael serves on the Oklahoma Civil Rights Commission Advisory Board, the Oklahoma City Arts Commission Board, and the Lynn Institute Board of Directors. Michael was named 2013 Educator of the Year by Perry Publishing & Broadcasting. As a community organizer, Michael has administered literacy, leadership, and mentor programming. He continues to be successful at integrating divergent opinions, dispelling misconceptions, and mitigating conflict in community building. Michael is a skilled strategist, helping local leaders reach a consensus regardless of their initial position. In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, reading and writing, and exploring the outdoors of Oklahoma.

Jennifer Page - Do you even Meme? Decoding the visual language of internet pop culture.

Jennifer Page is an Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where she teaches composition, early British literature, world literature, and popular literature. Her current research is invested in online teaching and how technology and accessibility impact learning. Jennifer is also the project director of Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma in Alva. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys working out, crafting, and being an active member of several geeky fandoms. Jennifer lives in Alva with her husband, Chris.

Jeff Provine - Okie Comics Magazine

Jeff Provine is a born and raised Oklahoman, growing up on the family's Land Run farm north of Enid. He's always been a fan of comics, running out to the mailbox as soon as the newspaper was delivered to be the first to the funny pages. While in college at the University of Oklahoma in pursuit of his Master of Professional Writing, Provine created The Academy, a daily webcomic that did a 10-year run with 3662 strips. The experience put him in touch with Oklahoma's vibrant comics community, leading to collaborative projects from Literati Press and 31 Ghost Stories, a collection of illustrated urban legends funded by a successful Kickstarter in 2016. In 2018, Provine left his position as a curriculum developer for the state of Oklahoma to found Okie Comics Magazine as an avenue to show off the artistic talents of Oklahomans with a local publication. Provine continues to teach Composition and Mythology, and he lives in Norman with his librarian wife and gaggle of zany pets.

Joe Wertz and Claire Donnelly - Oklahoma Engaged Online Quiz 

Joe Wertz is a senior reporter and managing editor for StateImpact Oklahoma and editor of Oklahoma Engaged, journalism collaborations of NPR member stations in Oklahoma.He reports regularly on environment and energy issues for NPR audiences and other national outlets, and serves as president Freedom of Information Oklahoma, an open records and government transparency nonprofit. Previously, he worked as a managing editor, assistant editor and staff reporter at several major Oklahoma newspapers. He lives in Oklahoma City, and studied journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Claire comes to KGOU from WBEZ in Chicago, where she was an intern on the city desk. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School. Claire has reported on street performers, temp workers, criminal court cases, police dogs, Christmas tree recycling and more. Claire went to college at the University of Virginia, where she majored in Comparative Literature and Spanish. She’s originally from Richmond, Virginia. When she’s not working, Claire loves listening to podcasts and cooking. Follow her on Twitter @donnellyclairee.

Darren Purcell - Late-Night Humor and Geopolitics

Darren Purcell (PhD, Florida State University) is an Associate Professor of Geography and an affiliate faculty member with the Film and Media Studies program at the University of Oklahoma. He teaches introductory courses in human geography as well as advanced and graduate courses on political geography, media and geopolitics, and research methods. Most of his academic articles focus on how media technologies rework our understanding of various countries. Recent publications have specifically looked at the role of late-night humor and popular culture's role in perpetuating geopolitical knowledge. He has received teaching and advising awards from the University of Oklahoma, the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, and the National Council for Geographic Education and currently serves as Faculty Fellow for OU's Headington College. He can be found on Twitter @profpurcell.

Bonner Slayton - Me and My Shadow: Using Play to Develop Creative Ideas

Serving as an advocate for students for over 30 years, Bonner Slayton has worked as a youth leader, teacher, adjunct professor, and community leader. A native Oklahoman, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, is a National Board Certified Teacher, and serves as a consultant with the Oklahoma Writing Project.

Bonner’s work as a literacy specialist at Moore Norman Technology Center and as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma State University allows him to build relevant, professional, and personal relationships with students, helping them to find their own passions and successes through creativity and writing.  

Daniel Snell - Mark Twain

Daniel C. Snell, Ph.D. (Yale, 1975) is emeritus professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught from 1983 through 2017, specializing in the history of the Middle East. Since retiring he has steeped himself in the works and life of Mark Twain and his views on his contemporary situation in Gilded Age (a term he coined!) America. Twain’s relevance for today has grown increasingly clear. Snell has served on the board of Norman Public Schools since 1997, and he and his wife, Dr. Katie Barwick-Snell, also of OU, have two grown children and a son-in-law, also three geriatric dogs.

Colleen Thurston and Roy Boney, Jr. - Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People

Colleen Thurston is a media producer and film programmer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She holds a degree from the University of Arizona in Media Arts and Anthropology, and earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Filmmaking from Montana State University, where she also completed a graduate certificate in Native American Studies. Specializing in short form non-fiction production, she has worked for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Channel, as well as in freelance production positions for other non governmental organizations. Her production interests focus on sharing the untold or forgotten stories and histories of people indigenous to this continent. Since 2016, Colleen has been producing short documentaries for the Cherokee Nation’s television show, Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. She is a two-time Heartland Emmy Award winner for her work as a producer and writer for the show. Colleen is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a seventh generation Oklahoman.

Roy Boney, Jr. (Cherokee Nation) is an award winning artist, writer, and Cherokee language revitalization advocate. He has contributed artwork and articles to many publications including Oklahoma Today, Indian Country Today, Native Peoples, and First American Art Magazine. His work focuses on the intersection of Cherokee language and culture with art and technology. He currently serves as Manager of the Cherokee Language Program at Cherokee Nation. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Oklahoma State University and an MA in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas Little Rock where he was a research fellow at the Sequoyah Research Center. He has also served adjunct instructor of Multimedia Design and Cherokee Language Technology at Northeastern State University and Cherokee language animation instructor for the American Indian Resource Center.

Al Turner - How the Carter family and their music preserved (and altered) American Christianity

Al Turner is a native Oklahoman who retired from a career in Oklahoma higher education in 2006, serving as pastor for two different Presbyterian congregations since then. He has authored or co-authored seven books, ten chapters in different books plus dozens of articles, a web page with annotations of about 300 Oklahoma memoirs and three volumes of poetry.  He was inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame in 2011 and the recipient of the Oklahoma Humanities award in 2012. 

Doug Watson - Will Rogers

Doug Watson is Emeritus Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he taught poetry, American literature, Western and world civilization, children's literature, classical literature, and composition from 1980 until May 2007. During the 1988-89 school year, he was a Fulbright lecturer in Nigeria, West Africa.  In 2010, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.
Doug has been involved in historical characterization since 1991, traveling with the Great Plains Chautauqua as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Stephen Crane from 1991-97. He has performed his Will Rogers program nearly a thousand times around the United States since 1997-in schools, theaters, libraries, retirement centers, and numerous Chautauqua venues.
Doug has also done a number of other humanities programs, including many "Let's Talk A bout It" book discussions and several family book discussions series.
From 2006 through 2014, Doug worked for the Will Rogers Memorial Museums, presenting information and in-character programs in more than three hundred schools in and beyond Oklahoma.
Born and reared in the Texas panhandle, Doug attended Baylor, West Texas State (now A&M), Middlebury College, and Texas Tech.  His wife, Kay, is a retired public school English teacher. They have a daughter and three grandchildren.
Doug enjoys reading, gardening, and grand-fathering, but he'd almost always prefer to be on the golf course.

Andrew Wood - The Canadian Connection: Bob Dylan and the Band

Andrew Grant Wood is a historian, writer, teacher, musician and DJ.  He is author, most recently, of Agustín Lara: A Cultural Biography.  Oxford U Press, 2014.  Wood’s research interests include work on popular music, festivals, cities, borderlands, migration, tourism, photography, social movements, cultural anthropology and anarchism.  He teaches at the University of Tulsa.