CHICKASHA -- 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.

Guthrie is the focus of an upcoming event at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma that will examine his legacy and his music through presentations and performance. 

Dr. James “Bud” Robertson is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the second Summer History Symposium beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 27 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at the University of Science and Arts.

Robertson’s address will focus on Gens. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee, continuing the Summer History Symposium’s four-year focus on the American Civil War.

The event is free and open to the public.

After two years of exhaustive research and collaboration, the teacher education program at the University of Science and Arts is launching a new approach to teacher preparation called co-teaching.

With roots that stretch back before the written word, stories form the spine of the human experience as they entertain, educate and inform our experience of who we are and what we mean. This spring’s Festival of Arts and Ideas will explore Storytelling from a number of perspectives and academic disciplines beginning at 7:30 p.m. on March 11 and 12 in the Ballroom at the University of Science and Arts.

Few books in the Bible inspire more conversation and controversy than the Book of Revelation. For some, it is read as a blueprint of future events. For others, it is a tantalizing glimpse into the worldview of first century Christians as they suffered persecution at the hands of Rome.

One of the pre-eminent scholars of early Christian history, Dr. Elaine Pagels will present the research from her most recent book Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation as part of the 7th annual Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium at the University of Science and Arts.

Pagels is scheduled to deliver her keynote address beginning at 7:30 p.m. on March 7 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

In a nation torn apart by secession and the Civil War, Kentucky found itself in an unenviable position.

“Kentucky was a slave-holding state, deeply immersed in the culture of the South and yet, it had strong financial interests that were dependent on its continued interaction with the Union,” says Dr. James Finck, assistant professor of American history.

Finck explores Kentucky’s unique position in his latest book, Divided Loyalties: Kentucky’s Struggle for Armed Neutrality in the Civil War. Finck is scheduled to deliver a presentation on his book beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 in room 124 of Davis Hall.

With three new books – on the Civil War, local history and aesthetic living – plus scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals, faculty at the University of Science and Arts are engaged in research when not in the classroom.

For the second year in a row, a national financial institution has rated the University of Science and Arts as the most affordable entry on its Top Values in Public Colleges list.

A student and professor for the University of Science and Arts presented a co-authored paper on a dialogue between cultures at the South Central Modern Language Association in San Antonio, Texas this month.

Sixteen students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma were honored recently for their academic achievements and community and campus activities as they were initiated into Hypatia, USAO's only campus-wide honor society.