Nov. 19 – Art, Community, and Healing

Art, Community, and Healing a Century after the Tulsa Race Massacre: A Conversation with Jerica Wortham and William Cordova, Greenwood Art Project

Description: On November 19, Dr. David Gray, Teaching Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program, Oklahoma State University, will host a conversation with Jerica Wortham and William Cordova, Program Manager and Lead Artist, respectively, for the Greenwood Art Project. The conversation will center on the Greenwood Art Project’s work as part of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre Centennial Commission. The Project “focuses on uniting the city of Tulsa by working with artists, residents, leaders, organizations, and businesses to elevate awareness of Greenwood’s history, focusing on the 1921 Tulsa Massacre and the once-thriving Black Wall Street.”

The event is free and open to the public and is part of the public programming for Dr. Gray’s course on the Tulsa Race Massacre at OSU.

To sign up, go to this link.
For more about the Greenwood Art Project, see:
https://www.greenwoodartproject.orgFor more about Jerica Wortham, see: more about William Cordova, see: more on the American Studies Program at OSU-Tulsa, see:

American Studies at OSU

Nov 19, 2020 04:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)


Spring 2021 Courses

These are urgent times in America. Pandemic. Political divisions. Climate Disasters. Movements for restorative justice. Every day, it seems, Americans face difficult questions about our nation’s past and our collective future.

The American Studies Program seeks to equip you with the tools you need to understand the changing dynamics of American culture and to fight for a better tomorrow. With that in mind, our faculty are offering some exciting (and timely) courses for Spring 2021!

In Tulsa, these include our new course on Comparative Truth and Reconciliation in the Americas, which will place Tulsa’s history of restorative justice in an international perspective. Also in Tulsa is our new course — cross-listed with Africana Studies and Geography — called Black Geographies and Memorialization in the Landscape, a timely exploration of race and memory in public space.

Professor David Gray will be teaching his popular courses on Globalization — this semester with an emphasis on “pandemics” — and America’s Dystopian Futures. He will also offer the AMST Senior Seminar.

We’ll also be offering courses on Crime, Law, & American Culture, Sports, Digital Humanities, Television and American Society (cross-listed with English), Gender in America (cross-listed with History), and both online and in-person sections of Intro to American Studies.

Nearly all of our courses include Gen-Ed credits and can be taken in a hybrid or hyflex mode.

For more information, contact the American Studies director, John Kinder.

Spring 2021


3253  Globalization & American Culture: “Pandemics” T 1:40-4:20 (Gray)

3333 Crime, Law, & American Culture M 7:20-10:00 (Liang)

3373 Comparative Truth and Reconciliation in the Americas W 4:30-7:10 (Jorsch)

3950 Special Topics: America’s Dystopian Futures Th 1:40-4:20 (Gray)

4453 Black Geographies & Memorialization in the Landscape T 4:30-7:10 (Sheehan) – cross-listed with Geography and Africana Studies

4973 Senior Seminar in American Studies Th 4:30-7:10 (Gray)


2103 Introduction to American Studies MWF 10:30-11:20 (Jorsch)

2103 TR Introduction to American Studies to AMST 3:00-4:15 (Kinder)

3503 Television and American Society TR 9:00-10:15 (Takacs) — cross-listed with English

3683 Introduction to Digital Humanities  TR 12:30-1:45 (Takacs)

3723 Cultural History of American Sports MWF 12:30-1:20 (Jorsch)

4553 Gender in America TR 1:30-2:45 (Kinder) — cross-listed with History


2103 Introduction to American Studies WEB (Childers)

2103 Introduction to American Studies WEB (Cornwell)

Fall 2020 Classes!

This is going to be an exciting year for American Studies. We’re launching a new minor in Truth and Reconciliation in the Americas. Plus, we have a lot of events lined up for both Fall and Spring — so stay tuned.

Most important of all, we’re offering a number of fantastic courses in Fall 2020.

In Tulsa, Dr. David Gray will be teaching a hybrid version of the American Studies Theory and Methods class. He’s also teaching a brand new class on the Tulsa Race Massacre, just in time for a year of events designed to mark its 100-year anniversary. Dr. Tom Jorsch is bringing his popular course on the Cultural History of American Sports to Tulsa (you’ll want to sign up quick for that one).

As for Stillwater, we’re offering a slate of interdisciplinary courses, from Dr. Reanae McNeal’s important new class on Racialized Trauma and Restorative Justice to Dr. Louise Siddons’ class on American Art to John Kinder’s American Period Seminar on the 1980s (we’re talking Ronald Reagan, old school hip hop, and a whole lot more).

For more info about all of American Studies’ Fall 2020 courses — in Stillwater, in Tulsa, and online —  check out the following link:

And if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for Dr. McNeal’s SUMMER online class on US women of Colors.

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Get ready for Spring classes!

What is your 2020 New Year’s resolution? Hitting the gym? Composting your leftovers?

What about taking an American Studies class?

There are plenty of great classes to choose from — both in Tulsa and in Stillwater. In Stillwater, you can learn about the history of socialism (even in Oklahoma!) or about the politics of playing sports. We’ve got courses on war in American culture (what’s the deal with the reemergence of both Rambo and Top Gun sequels in 2019?) and several introductory courses on American cultural life.

Students in Tulsa are encouraged to check out David Gray’s new courses on classic Hollywood cinema and on America’s dystopian futures (aren’t we already there?). We’ve also got great courses on American pop culture, new voices in Native American literature, and (for those of us who can’t get enough of Mindhunter) crime and American Culture. And more.

If you have any questions, be sure to contact American Studies director John Kinder at

But don’t wait long. These courses will be filling up.

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Fall 2019 Course Offerings

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It’s that time again – time to think about which American Studies courses you want to take next semester.

American Studies students in Tulsa and Stillwater have a variety of course options available for Fall 2019. Visit the Course Offerings Page, where you can find informational flyers for individual courses.

For Stillwater-based students, I would highly recommend either of the Special Topics courses: Introduction to Folklore or Disability in the United States. You should also check out Dr. Shaila Mehra’s new AMST 3753 course on African American Women’s Art & Ideas.

In Tulsa, students will have a number of great courses to choose from, including Dr. Stacy Takacs’s hybrid course on Theories and Methods of American Studies, Dr. David Gray’s popular course on Tulsa’s Public Cultures, and Language in America, a course new to the Tulsa campus. Nathan Horton, a PhD student in the English Department, will be leading the course.

If you have any questions, be sure to contact American Studies director John Kinder at

Spring 2019 Course Offerings

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American Studies students in Tulsa and Stillwater have a variety of course options available for Spring 2018. Visit the Course Offerings page, or download the Stillwater and Tulsa flyers to get the complete list of what’s available where. Informational flyers for individual courses are available from the Course Offerings Page.

For Stillwater-based students I would highly recommend  AMST3950 Intro to Asian American Studies (DH) and Dr. Rachel Jackson’s AMST 3683 Intro to Digital Humanities course which will involve a digital story-telling project with Iowa tribal elders. Dr. Louise Siddons will also be offering her popular ART 4763 Native American Arts and Material Culture course, which can be substituted for AMST 3673 on the AMST degree sheet.

In Tulsa, I would HIGHLY recommend AMST3723 Cultural History of American Sports with OSU AMST grad and now PhD History candidate Jake Cornwell, an expert on local baseball and hot rod cultures, or Dr. Tom Jorsch’s AMST 4910 Period Seminar on The Gilded Age, which will examine the first “Gilded Age” in the 1890s and draw comparisons to today, which many people describe as a “new Gilded Age.” And, of course, Dr. Gray’s  AMST4973 Senior Seminar in American Studies will be offered for seniors looking to finish off that capstone research project. 

NEED ADVICE? I (Dr. Takacs) will have drop-in office hours on Thursday, November 1 from 3-4:30 in Main Hall 2215 on the OSU Tulsa campus for those who have questions about course offerings or degree requirements. Feel free to stop by!

Welcome to the new semester!

Welcome, one and all, to another exciting semester in American Studies. If you haven’t yet discovered the perfect course, here is the list of course offerings for Fall on both campuses. We hope to see you in our classes come Monday!

A note about the TV and American Society course: it is listed as a “hybrid” course, but all this means is that the screening lab will take place outside of the regular class time. In other words, I’m going to ask you to watch everything from The Honeymooners to Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog on your own time and then report back. I’ve mostly picked programs that are accessible for free online, or available in the OSUT library, but if you have a subscription to Netflix, Hulu, and/or Amazon Prime it might come in handy. Screenings will range from 1-2 hours per week, but should be fun!

Fulbright information sessions will be held very early in the semester. Here’s the info per Dale Lightfoot who runs the sessions:

Fulbrights are fully-funded grants to teach English or pursue your studies or research interests abroad.

Information sessions for 2019-2020 student Fulbright programs will be held on the Stillwater campus August 22, 23, and 24 (see flyer for details regarding dates and rooms).

The online application for the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Program is open.  The campus deadline (for completed applications and campus review) will be mid-September.

For more information contact (or if you can’t make the sessions):

Dale Lightfoot
373 Murray Hall
Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University

Alas, there are no planned sessions for the Tulsa campus. I’m working on getting them over here in future. Happy first week!

Summer and Fall 2018 Course Offerings

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American Studies students in Tulsa and Stillwater have a variety of course options available for Summer and Fall 2018. Visit the Course Offerings page, or click to get the complete list of what’s available for Summer and Fall. Informational flyers for individual courses are available from the Course Offerings Page.

For Stillwater-based students I would recommend our AMST3950 Topics Course: Perspectives on Social Justice, AMST3950 Topics Course: Black Thought in the Age of Mass Incarceration, or AMST3803 War in American Culture. The latter course is a perennial favorites featuring resident expert John Kinder, author of Paying with Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Vet.

In Tulsa, I recommend my own AMST3503 TV and American Society, which discusses changes in the television industry and how TV has shaped our sense of identity and community in America. Dr. David Gray’s AMST3550 Tulsa Public Cultures courses is also a favorite, which teaches the history of Tulsa and takes students into the community to meet cultural producers, curators, and movers and shakers.

NEED ADVICE? Email Dr Takacs with questions (

Let’s Talk Jobs for Humanities Grads…

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ latest report on  “The State of the Humanities 2018: Graduates in the Workforce & Beyond” is now out, and the news is good for Humanities grads (hint: American Studies would fit this definition).

  • First, unemployment among anyone with a college degree remains low (below 4%). This is also true for Humanities grads.
  • Second, Humanities grads may earn less initially, but over time they catch up to their peers in engineering, the health fields, and the sciences. To quote the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s overview of the report, jobs in high earning fields, like business and the law, eventually find, value and promote humanities majors:

For example, one million people with humanities degrees work in management, and some 600,000 work in business and financial operations. A quarter of the legal profession is made up of humanities majors. Those fields can pay well.

  • Third, Humanities majors are more flexible in their career choices and paths, which means they have more various jobs and greater job satisfaction. They also tend to work in fields that require a high degree of autonomy and creativity (yay!). Here’s a graphic from the report,

Occupational Distribution of Humanities Majors (2018)

  • Finally, Humanities majors continue to possess the skills Employers feel are desperately needed, including foreign language and writing skills. Remember that the next time you’re groaning about the onerous writing requirements in Dr. Gray’s class, or the Foreign Language proficiency requirements for the BA–these skills really pay off!

Employer rating of grad skills (2018)

Now for some specific job opportunities that have recently run across my desk:

  1. To combat the teacher shortage in Tulsa Public Schools, TPS has been sponsoring an alternative certification program called Tulsa Teacher Corps for a couple of years. Here’s a link to info about the program.
  2. The Fulbright Program provides fully-funded grants for students to conduct research OR teach English overseas. Some information sessions are upcoming in Stillwater on February 15, 16, 19, and 20. Dale Lightfoot, who coordinates the grant program, says  he is “available to provide details, as shared in the info sessions, with any student who contacts me for information.  I can talk to them on the phone, or via email, or in person in my office if they come to Stillwater.” So here’s his office, phone and email: 373 Murray Hall; 405-744-6250; Check the facebook feed for a flyer with the info session dates.
  3. The Tulsa Career Services office has a number of events to prepare students for the job market. The full list is available here.

And don’t forget to check the blog archive for tips on how to Prepare for the Job Market: