Symposium: Dislocations and Migrations

Symposium: Dislocations and Migrations

Friday and Saturday, March 30 – 31, 2018

Friday: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:45 pm

Gathering in Tulsa at the Helmerich Center for American Research, Dislocations and Migrations coordinates university and community scholar/activists, archivists, curators, and librarians to consider these many questions from a variety of perspectives. This interdisciplinary conference engages diverse research approaches, applications, and means of communication/delivery/format, and is designed to share ongoing research and applied scholarship, publicize the rich resources housed at the Gilcrease, University of Tulsa and other regional repositories, and nurture relationships between the University, Gilcrease Museum, community groups near and far. It represents an opportunity to demonstrate the ways in which archival, museum, and library resources support inquiry, and engage multiple topics by erasing artificial boundaries between the academy and the communities we serve. It articulates the University of Tulsa’s vibrant partnership with the Gilcrease Museum and the Helmerich Center for American Research, as organized through Cultures of the Americas (COTA), a faculty and staff-driven initiative designed to foster interdisciplinary teaching and research through a hemispheric perspective. TU’s matchless archives, special collections, fine art and archaeological collections housed at the Helmerich Center for American Research, Gilcrease Museum, and the University of Tulsa McFarlin Library support COTA and many other initiatives.

Symposium Panels and Chairs


Panel 1: “People, Process, and the Politics of Latin American Migration to the United States”
Chair: Andrew Wood, Ph.D., Stanley Rutland Professor of American History, University of Tulsa
Linda Allegro, Project Director of New Sanctuary Network Tulsa, “Sanctuary Congregations: When Churches Harbor Persons without Documents.”
Denni Blum, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Social Foundations, Oklahoma State University, “Immigration and U.S. Schools: Innocent Children at the Mercy of the System.”
Julie Ann Ward, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of Oklahoma, “The Forgotten Border: Stories from Mexico’s Southern Frontier.”
Discussant: Misha Klein, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma

Panel 2: “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Forced Migration and Historical Trauma”
Chair: Jennifer L. Airey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, University of Tulsa
Lisa Cromer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Tulsa, “Theoretical Distinctions between Historical Trauma and the Inter-Generational Transmission of Trauma.”
Mimi Marton, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, University of Tulsa, “Providing Trauma-Informed Legal Services for Asylum Seekers.”
Meredith Pearson, Graduate Assistant, Psychology, University of Tulsa, “Burma to Oklahoma: Needs Assessment of Refugees in Public Schools.”
Candessa Tehee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cherokee Language, Northeastern State University, “Removal and Resilience: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art Confronts Histories of Forced Migrations.”

Panel 3: Roundtable Panel: “The Archaeology and Public History of Enslaved Africans in the Americas”
Chair: Kristen Oertel, Ph.D., Mary F. Barnard Professor of Nineteenth Century U.S. History, University of Tulsa
Justin Dunnavant, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ayana Flewellen, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, University of Texas
Liz Ibarrola, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, University of Florida
Alexandra Jones, Ph.D., CEO of Archaeology in the Community, located in Washington, D.C.
Alicia Odewale, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Tulsa

Panel 4: “Bob Dylan’s Travels across America”
Chair: Mark Davidson, Ph.D., Bob Dylan Collection Librarian and Manager
Clinton Heylin, M.A. Dylanologist, “On The Heels of Kerouac and Rimbaud: Dylan On The Road 1960-64.”
John Troutman, Ph.D. Curator of American Music, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, “Bob Dylan’s Travels Across America, or America’s Travels Across Bob Dylan?: A Curatorial Quandary”


Panel 5: Graduate Student Panels in Association with Oklahoma State University

Panel 6: “The Tulsa School: Poetic Departures and Returns”
Chair: Grant Jenkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, University of Tulsa
Dr. Jenkins’ lecture will introduce the poets of the “Tulsa School”
Olivier Brossard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of American Literature, Université Paris Est, Marne la Vallée. Dr. Brossard’s lecture will discuss Ron Padgett’s “poetics of drift.”
Greg Kinzer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Austin College, “‘A Fish in His Particular Pond’: Migrations of the Everyday in the Tulsa School.”
Lewis Freedman, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of English, Oklahoma State University. Dr. Freedman’s lecture will discuss the casual and permutational quality to Ted Berrigan’s poem series The Sonnets.

Panel 7: “Caribbean Migrations and Dislocations: Comparative Perspectives on Jean Rhys”
Chair: Danielle Carlotti-Smith, Ph.D., Public Research Fellow, Oklahoma Center for the Humanities/Adjunct Professor, Global Scholars Program, University of Tulsa, “Trajectories of Dislocation: Genealogy, Trauma, and Circular Migration in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea and Maryse Condé’s Desirada.”
Jacqueline Couti, Ph.D., Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of Kentucky, “Gendered Poetics of Belonging and Displacement in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea.”
Seungho Lee, Ph.D. Candidate in English, University of Tulsa, “Reading Jean Rhys’s Smile Please: Female Body, Autobiography, and Home.”

Panel 8: Tulsa Artist Fellowship Panel – “Artist from Afar Engaging Oklahoma”
Chair: Laura Fry, Senior Curator and Curator of Art, Gilcrease Museum
Emily Chase
Rafael Corzo
Megan Mosholder
Moheb Soliman


Seating is limited, and registration is required.

Registration dates: February 14 – March 23, 2018

$25/Gilcrease Museum members
$35/Not-yet members
$10/Non-TU Students and Educators

*TU STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS* There will be a limited number of complimentary tickets available for TU Faculty and Students. Please contact Alex Patterson at 918-631-6412 for additional information.

Lunch option: $20 per day


A Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi
A Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi
William Aiken Walker
1883, oil on canvas
GM 0126.1206

Optional Lunch Menu

Friday Buffet

Caesar Salad
Chicken Marsala
Lemon Pepper Catfish with Grilled Lemon
Roasted Rosemary New Potatoes
Carrots and Green Bean Medley
Rolls and Butter
Bourbon Bread Pudding

Saturday Buffet

Gilcrease Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Salmon with Champagne Cream Sauce
Chicken Piccata
Roasted Red Potatoes with Herbs
Vegetable Medley
Rolls and Butter
Berry Cobbler

For more information, please contact Alex Patterson at 918-631-6412, or


Above: Trail of Tears by Jerome Tiger, Native American; Creek, Seminole, detail, 1966, tempera painting, GM 0227.1961