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Five Students Participate in OSLEP Seminar, "Landscape and Memory in the American Southwest"

OSLEP participants at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum
Photo by Karl Schmidt




NORMAN – Five students from colleges and universities across Oklahoma participated in the Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program seminar, “Landscape and Memory in the American Southwest,” held May 16 to May 21, 2016 on sites throughout Santa Fe, New Mexico. The class was led by Alison Fields, professor of art history at the University of Oklahoma.

During the course, participants explored how major historical events in the American Southwest have been publicly remembered and inscribed on the landscape.

Students visited national parks, museum exhibits and memorials, exploring topics such as colonization and the nuclear west by discussing literary, artistic and scientific expressions of landscape and memory.

Alison Fields earned her Ph.D. in American studies from the University of New Mexico. She has studied English and Native American studies at Colgate University in New York, worked as guest curator of the “Kayak, Umiak, Conoe” exhibit at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and has served as education coordinator of the Rhode Island Historical Society. She earned a master’s degree in American civilization from Brown University.

Professor Fields currently serves as associate professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches courses in visual culture, western cinema, public memory, museology and cultural tourism.

Small groups of students selected from Oklahoma’s four-year colleges and universities have the opportunity to study with distinguished visiting scholars during the intensive seminars presented by the state-funded OSLEP program. Additionally, participants can earn college credit for each seminar they complete successfully. Most of the visiting scholars present a free public lecture, open to the community.

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EDITORS: Information regarding your hometown student(s) is attached.




        Kayla Payne is an East Central University Senior, majoring in English. She is the daughter of Mitch and Kathy Payne of Ada, Oklahoma.

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        Andrea Thomas is a Southwestern Oklahoma State University junior, majoring in pharmacy. She is the daughter of Andrew and Patricia Thomas of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.


        Rebecca Miller is a Southwestern Oklahoma State University sophomore, majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Tony and Amy Miller of Edmond, Oklahoma.

        Kaitlin Owen is a University of Oklahoma Junior, majoring in psychology and anthropology. She is the daughter of Steve and Kelly Owen of Edmond, Oklahoma.


        Maddie Oehlberg is an East Central University junior, majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Aaron Oehlberg and Dara McGhee of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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