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Woody Guthrie Symposium

Standing at the Crossroads of American Cultural Life
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Lorton Performance Center, The University of Tulsa campus


Guthrie-Symposium-2016Since 2013, the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has preserved the legacy and life story of one of the nation’s most important singer-songwriters. Woody Guthrie’s works celebrate the beauty and bounty of America and strive to understand our country and its people with honesty and compassion.

Guthrie turned complex ideas about democracy, human rights and economic equality into simple songs that all Americans could embrace. To celebrate and explore this enduring accomplishment, the Woody Guthrie Center and The University of Tulsa will sponsor a daylong symposium featuring more than a dozen artists and scholars including composer David Amram, GRAMMY Museum Director Robert Santelli and others to discuss Woody Guthrie at the Crossroads of American Cultural Life.

The Woody Guthrie Archives and Crossroads of Historical Research

  • Will Kaufman (University of Central Lancashire, UK), Finding a Modern Woody Guthrie
  • Gus Stadler (Haverford College), Dance, Disability, and the Rhythms of Intimacy
  • Mark Fernandez, Atomic Woody: Woody, Einstein, and the Impact of Twentieth Century Science

Roundtable: Woody Guthrie and Crossroads of American Music Traditions

  • Jeff Place, Country Music Melodies and their Influence on Woody Guthrie (rough title)
  • Thomas Conner (University of California, San Diego), Our Unseen Friend: Early Radio and the Tuning in of Woody Guthrie’s Performing Persona
  • Ron Cohen, No Lone Wolf: Woody Guthrie and his Support Network in New York City

All (Cross) Roads Meet in Oklahoma

  • Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee), Woody’s Advice for Artists
  • David Amram, Woody, Oscar Pettiford, and the New York Scene
  • Andrew Wood (The University of Tulsa), In the Tradition of Woody: Ry Cooder’s American Sound and Vision