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February 29-March 4, 2020

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Guest Scholar:  Steven Alvarez, St. John’s University (NY)

In recent years, there has been a steady increase of interest in the transnational migrations of Mexican food popularized by bloggers, television food shows, and travel journalists. In addition to the immense number of reviews, trade publications, and cookbooks, important social issues in regard to multilingualism, cultural appropriation, migrant labor, and the translation of indigenous cuisine for corporate consumption have also become topical. This seminar will examine how transnational community foodways situate different literacies, rhetorics, and forms of cultural knowledge across borders. Readings will include Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food by Jeffrey M. and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America by Gustavo Arellano.

 

Steven Alvarez is an associate professor of English at St. John’s University in New York, specializing in literacy studies and bilingual education with a focus on Mexican immigrant communities. He teaches courses ranging from autobiographical writing, ethnographic methods, visual rhetoric, and “taco literacy,” a course exploring the foodways of Mexican immigrants in the United States. He is the author of Brokering Tareas: Mexican Immigrant Families Translanguaging Homework Literacies (State University of New York Press, 2017) and Community Literacies en Confianza: Learning From Bilingual After-School Programs (National Council of Teachers of English, 2017).

 

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  • Housing and meals provided
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January 7-11, 2020

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Guest Scholar: Karen Ho, University of Minnesota

Socio-economic inequality in the United States has now surpassed the heights of the Gilded Age and the Great Depression. The 2008 U.S. financial meltdown laid bare not only the extent to which financiers and financial institutions engendered the crisis and instigated widespread socioeconomic precarity and suffering, but also the ways in which financialization – the growth of financial activities as a key source of profits for financial and non-financial corporations alike – has dominated our social economy. What is the relationship between increasing inequality and increasing financialization? How has finance’s rise to power and influence over the past thirty-five years shaped our economy and the particular values, practices, and ethics that construct business common-sense, not to mention the very nature of work, ownership, and security in the US? And yet, instead of addressing the key causes of inequality directly, the powerful in society have seized on these conditions to mobilize an avalanche of discontent among sectors of the downwardly mobile in a way that often obscures the key reasons for their predicament and scapegoats those at the social margins.  

 

Karen Ho is faculty in the Department Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Director of The RIGS (Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality) Studies Initiative. Her research centers on the problematic of understanding and representing financial markets, sites that are resistant to cultural analysis and often disavow various attempts to locate or particularize them.  Her domain of interest is the anthropology of economy, broadly conceived, with specific foci on finance capital, capitalism, globalization, corporations, inequality, and comparative race/ethnicity/indigeneity. Her ethnography, Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (Duke University Press, 2009) was based on three years of fieldwork among investment bankers and major financial institutions. Recent publications include “Finance and Morality” (A Companion to Moral Anthropology. Fassin, Didier, ed., 2012), “Corporate Nostalgia: Managerial Capitalism from a Contemporary Perspective” (Corporations and Citizenship. Urban, Greg, ed., 2014), “Gens: A Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism” (Theorizing the Contemporary Series, Cultural Anthropology Online, co-authored, 2015), and “Markets, Myths, and Misrecognitions: Economic Populism in the Age of Financialization and Hyperinequality. (Economic Anthropology, 2018). Her latest projects analyze dominant finance’s production of contemporary inequality, tracing the afterlives of corporate liquidation, the worldviews of investment funds, and the relationship between whiteness, masculinity, and dominant financial markets. 

 

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  • Housing and meals provided

 

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 January 2--6, 2020

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Guest Scholar: Duncan Lorimer, West Virginia University

We live in exciting times! Recent developments in astrophysics include the first-ever detection of gravitational waves as well as elusive classes of objects including pulsars and fast radio bursts. These topics exemplify some of the most exotic phenomena that we are part of. In this course, we will learn about some of these exciting developments and consider some of the amazing consequences for our understanding of the very nature of space and time. No prior astronomical background is needed and we will cover every essential physical concept as we go. No matter where your career will take you in life, it is my goal in this class to inspire you to be life-long learners of the Universe we live in, and even other ones!

 

Duncan Lorimer got his PhD. in 1994 from the University of Manchester (UK). Since then he has held positions at the University of Manchester; the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy; Cornell University; University of Manchester and currently is at West Virginia University. While at WVU, Prof. Lorimer has served as Associate and Interim Chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Along with his wife and fellow astrophysicist Maura McLaughlin, Lorimer has helped establish the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology. Among his notable research achievements are many contributions to our understanding of the population of pulsars and the discovery of Fast Radio Bursts. Since 1994 Prof. Lorimer has been a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and in 2018 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

 

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  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost - NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided
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October 2-6, 2019 

University of Oklahoma   3 credits

Guest Scholar: Kim Rice, Independent Scholar, Baltimore, MD.

We are living in a politically charged era. From the election of polarizing leaders, the widening of financial inequality, the death of unarmed citizens at the hands of police, to natural disasters fueled by climate change. There are many groups rising up to face the challenges of our century and artists are no exception. In this course we will explore how artists are using their platform to create social change. We will address the following questions: How is contemporary art defined? How have artists played a role in peoples’ movements historically? What is the role of the museum and social media in art making?  How are artists collaborating with urban planners, architects, environmentalists and non-profits to create social change?

 

Kim Rice creates large-scale works using common materials. Her installations are a meditation on institutional racism and the policies that continue to affect American society today.  Kim earned her BFA in Sculpture and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Oklahoma. Her work has been shown throughout the country including the 22ndNo Dead Artists at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Prospect.4 Satellite, Alexandria Museum of Art, Fred Jones Museum of Art, Northern Illinois Art Museum, and the Delaware Museum of Art. She has received multiple awards, including the McNeese Grant for Socially Engaged Practice.  Born in Kentucky, raised in California, educated in Oklahoma, loved in New Orleans and now home in Baltimore, Kim’s work is influenced by her two children and the pile of books by her bed.

 

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  • Housing and meals provided
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May 13-19, 2019

Santa Fe, NM

Guest Scholar:  Sam Duwe, University of Oklahoma

Few people have captured the imagination of both anthropologists and the public more than the Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. Pueblo history is very ancient, and traces of this dynamic past are recorded amongst ancestral villages that have long fascinated archaeologists. With the arrival of the Spanish, the Pueblos were the vanguard of European colonialism, both resisting and adapting to new realities. And the Pueblos have managed to continue to occupy the same land as their ancestors in the face of colonial policy to the present day, with many villages continually occupied for the past 700 years. In this course we will explore both continuities and change in Pueblo history, with the understanding that the same philosophical and cultural concepts that guided the actions of Pueblo people in the past continue into the present, and the future. We’ll focus on the Pueblos of northern New Mexico and will visit archaeological and historic sites, Pueblo communities, and places of great natural beauty and cultural significance. As with all OSLEP seminars, all costs for participating other than tuition (including travel, food, housing, and books) will be paid for by the OSLEP program.

 

Since 2000, Sam Duwe ( University of Oklahoma) has been studying the history of the Pueblo people of the American Southwest, especially to explore the roots of contemporary Tewa peoples’ worldview and identity. His work integrates archaeology, oral history, and ethnography to understand the deep history of the people in the northern Rio Grande region. On the travel portion of this seminar, Sam and local specialists will introduce students to the cultures, history, and places that make this region unique.

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  • Housing and meals provided.  Travel from Norman, OK to Santa Fe, NM provided.
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March 9-13, 2019 at the University of Oklahoma  3 credits

Guest Scholar:  Monti Narayan Datta, University of Richmond

After the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11th 2001, policy makers, scholars, and the media scrambled to understand the nature and origins of anti-American sentiment. Why would others want to hurt the United States in such a violent and destructive manner? Why did the United States not fully appreciate that such an attack might result from anti-American sentiment? More fundamentally, what is anti-Americanism and how can we measure it? In this course we will: (1) define what it means to be “American” and “anti-American;” (2) examine survey data and reports from the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project on foreign public perceptions toward the United States from 2001 to the present; (3) assess some of the best scholarship to date on anti-Americanism; and (4) consider the case of domestic antiAmericanism, with an eye toward understanding the roots of the Oklahoma city bombing in 1995 in addition to other local anti-American movements over the past decade. 

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  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost - NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided
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February 14-18, 2019 at the University of Oklahoma  3 credits

Guest scholar:  Julie Guthman, University of California, Santa Cruz

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 41.2 million Americans lived in food-insecure households in 2016. These are startling statistics, but what do they mean?  And why does hunger persist despite manifold efforts to eliminate it?  In this course we will first discuss how hunger has been defined, measured, and problematized. We will then turn to examining four different approaches to addressing the problem, in the US and elsewhere, in order to reach greater understanding of how “feeding the world” remains such an elusive goal.

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January 2-6, 2019

Guest scholar:  Steven Jones, University of South Florida

 

How have technological changes changed the ways we think about our world and how we interact with people, data, and objects (and the networks that connect them)? Ten to fifteen years ago, according to novelist William Gibson, cyberspace everted—turned itself inside out, as the network spilled out into the physical world we move through every day. Increasingly ubiquitous technologies—smartphones, the so-called Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, 3D printing, cryptocurrency, and Artificial Intelligence—have colonized the world of everyday experience. In this seminar, we’ll focus on some of the cultural, political, and ethical questions raised by that shift, questions about security, privacy, community, and what it means to be human.    

 

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October 17-21, 2018 at University of Oklahoma  3 credits

Guest scholar:  David Ray, University of Oklahoma

This course will examine the federal budgetary process, and its evolution since 1974, with an emphasis on the rapid increase in federal debt after 1981, the struggle to reduce the budget deficit during the 1980s and 1990s, the brief four-year period of budgetary surplus (Fiscal Years 1998 through 2001) , the tax and spending decisions of 2001 through 2018, including the deficit increases produced by the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, the recession of 2007-2009, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the enormous expense of TARP in 2008-2009, the tax cut of December 2017, and the Omnibus spending bill passed in March 2018. The theme of the course is that fiscal conservatism has been largely supplanted by supply-side economics on the right and the domestic spending programs of social democracy on the left, both of which appear to have substantial public support. 

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May 21-25, 2018  at the University of Oklahoma 3 credits

Guest Scholar:Gregory Cajete, University of New Mexico

Unlike the Western scientific method, Native thinking does not isolate an object or phenomenon in order to understand and work with it, but perceives it in terms of relationship. In this class we will examine multiple levels of meaning that inform Native astronomy, cosmology, psychology, agriculture, and the healing arts.

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  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost - NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided