Fans of Oklahoma legend Woody Guthrie can celebrate the singer's centennial year right here in T-town.
The University of Tulsa has announced a day-long Woody Guthrie symposium for Saturday, March 10 at the school's new Lorton Performance Center. The event will feature panel discussions, a luncheon featuring the Texas activist and writer Jim Hightower, as well as a benefit concert at the Brady Theater.
The concert will feature some big names, including John Mellencamp and Arlo Guthrie.
Guthrie, of course, is famous for his songwriting, singing and social activism, some of which made him a pariah in conservative Oklahoma. The symposium panels and presentations reflect Guthrie's activism, with titles such as "A Culture of Protest" and "Demanding Democracy: The Socialist Movement and Oklahoma Politics."
In additon to the symposium, Guthrie's life is the focus of an exhibit opening February 5 at the Gilcrease Museum. The show will feature documents, journals, song lyrics and artwork, including an original draft of his famous song, "This Land is Your Land."
For more on the symposium, check out the website here.