USAO’s Woody Guthrie Hootenanny is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. July 23 in the Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
In alternating strokes of the pen, Woody Guthrie is Oklahoma’s favorite son or one of her most dogged critics. To some, he was the voice of the oppressed — an eyewitness to Oklahoma’s darkest days and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Others argue he drew unneeded attention to the poor treatment of the common laborer at the expense of American unity during the Great Depression.
Three ensembles, composed of USAO faculty, staff as well as visiting musicians will be performing Guthrie songs. Songs scheduled for performance include “California Stars,” “Vigilante Man,” “This Train is Bound for Glory,” and Oklahoma’s state folk song, “Oklahoma Hills” among others.
The event also will feature presentations that consider Guthrie’s impact through the lenses of economics, history, literature, politics, music and art.
Presenters include Dr. Jennifer Long, professor of economics and director of USAO’s interdisciplinary studies program; Dr. James Finck, assistant professor of American history; Dr. Brenda Brown, professor of English; Kate Blalack, archivist with Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Center; and Reigh.
There will be an intermission during the event and light refreshments will be served.
More information about the event can be obtained by calling 574-1313.