• 2015-Save-the-Date-Slider-ImageMarch 9, 2015: Teach-In on The Western Frontier

      Save the date for this great day of teaching, sharing, and learning.
      The keynote speakers for this event include Tim Egan, National Book Award-winning Author of The Worst Hard Time, and Alan Taylor, an award winning Author and Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. This year’s event promises to be a captivating day of teaching about the birth, growth, trials, and accomplishments of the American West.

    • A Special Occasion For Students, Alumni, and Oklahoma

      Oklahoma will have a unique opportunity to attend and participate in OU’s “Teach-In on The Western Frontier” Monday, March 9 on the main campus in Norman. The incredible array of American authors and historians who will be featured during the day represent some of the best scholarship on the captivating American West.

    • Why The Teach-In?

      The University of Oklahoma is committed to making sure that our students are prepared for citizenship when they graduate, and the Teach-In reflects that commitment.

      I believe that a solid understanding of our country’s history has never been more urgent.  America cannot remain great unless all of us understand how we overcame adversity and became great in the first place. – David L. Boren, President

      OU is becoming a national leader in making civic education an integral part of the college experience.  I’m proud to say that our new concentration and minor in Constitutional Studies makes OU the only top-tier university where an undergraduate can focus his or her studies on the American Constitution and its history.

The University of Oklahoma Teach-In
Norman, OK · Monday, March 10, 2014

President BorenThe Teach-In is a celebration of what we’ve accomplished so far and a statement of our commitment to teaching American history.  This year's event, which promises to be one of OU's most important single-day programs, will focus on the topic of the Western Frontier and will feature lectures from the nation's top authors and historians on the American West.
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David L. Boren, President

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Monday, March 9, 2015

9:30 a.m. – “The Great Coincidence: The California Gold Rush and the Re-Making of America”

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center

President David L. Boren will open the session and introduce Elliott West. West is the author of seven books, including the most recent The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story and The Essential West, and has contributed to more than 75 journal articles and chapters in books. He is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas. Question-and-answer period to follow.

10:30 a.m. – “Water in the West”

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center

Patricia Limerick is the author of Desert Passages and The Legacy of Conquest as well as A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water, a history of water in Denver. Limerick has also served as a guest columnist for The New York Times and is an op-ed columnist for The Denver Post. She is a professor of history at the University of Colorado. Question-and-answer period to follow.

Noon – (Luncheon Address) “The Worst Hard Time”

Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union

President Boren will introduce Tim Egan. Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, historian and author. He has authored several books, including The Big Burn – Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, which was a New York Times bestseller, and The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. He writes the weekly online column, “Opinionator,” for The New York Times. Question-and-answer period to follow.

2 p.m. – “Oklahoma, the West and the World”

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center

Peter Kastor is a historian specializing in the politics and culture of the early American republic. He is the author or editor of six books, including 2011’s William Clark’s World: Describing America in an Age of Unknowns. He is a professor of history and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Question-and-answer period to follow.

3 p.m. – “American West”

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center

Richard White is regarded as one of the nation’s leading scholars in the fields of the American West, Native American history and environmental history. He is the author of five books, including The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires and Republic in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a professor of American history at Stanford University. Question-and-answer period to follow.

4 p.m. – “The Frontier, The American Dream and The Role of Public Higher Education in the Future”

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center

Discussion with all speakers moderated by Kyle Harper, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost and Director of the Institute for American Constitutional Heritage.

Question-and-answer period to follow.

6:30 p.m. – (Dinner Address) “Fear, War and American Expansion, 1803-1821″

Dinner, Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union
President Boren will introduce Alan Tyalor. Taylor is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian. He is the author of seven books, including William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic, which won a Pulitzer Prize for American history, in addition to the Bancroft and Beveridge prizes. He is professor of history at the University of Virginia. Question-and-answer period to follow.

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Timothy Egan (credit Barry Wong)
Tim Egan

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Peter Kastor
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Patty Limerick
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Alan Taylor
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Elliot West
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