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Center for Oklahoma Studies


The Center for Oklahoma Studies (COS) serves as a gathering place for Oklahoma State University scholars and others whose work focuses on the 46th state, promoting activities that identify, examine, and disseminate aspects of the state’s richly textured, multicultural past that not only impact the present but also influence its future. Created to inspire interdisciplinary work and encourage an exchange of ideas, COS brings together a diverse group of individuals who contribute to the ever-expanding pool of knowledge about our State.

COS will make research results available and useful to the larger community of Oklahomans, in keeping with OSU's land grant mission of research, instruction, and outreach. OSU faculty and others carrying out research on Oklahoma-based topics can apply for affiliation with the Center on the basis of their interests, and COS will provide an up-to-date list of relevant courses taught by affiliates and a list of related programs and events on- and off-campus. COS will itself sponsor public presentations and events based on the work of its affiliates both on campus and in communities throughout the State.

The OSU Center for Oklahoma Studies is a partnership between the OSU departments of English and History and the OSU Library's Oklahoma Oral History Research Program.

Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Oklahoma: The OSU Influence

October 29, 2018, 5:30 pm Donald W. Reynolds School of Architecture Building

Lynne Rostochil will kick off the opening reception for the exhibit "Oklahoma's Most Endangered Historic Places 2018" by presenting on OSU's impact…

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Oklahoma's Most Endangered Historic Places 2018

October 29 - November 9, 2018, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Donald W. Reynolds School of Architecture Building

Come get a glimpse into Oklahoma’s fading past with “Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places 2018.” This six-panel exhibit will be on display for…

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Show and Tell: Centering Modernism exhibit

November 1, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00 pm OSU Museum of Art
Know J. Jay McVicker or have an artwork by him? Share with exhibition curator Louise Siddons and other museum visitors. Throughout the exhibition, visitors… (Read more)

"Talking Black in America": film screening and discussion with Prof. Walt Wolfram

November 7, 2018, 6:00 pm Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room, OSU Library
Professor Wolfram will be screening and discussing his recent award-winning documentary on African-American Vernacular English, and campus and community… (Read more)