Saturday, January 28, 2012

Woody Guthrie at 100: TU Hosts March Conference to Celebrate the Man and His Music

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. 


Anonymous said...

At last, Oklahoma recognizes Woody Guthrie's influence on our nation. Oklahoma citizens need to be reminded that once upon a time - in the early 20th century, that our state was populist, not conservative. Unions were building membership and other citizens were trying to make workplaces safer. It's a period in our state's history that doesn't receive much attention.

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