Enid Chautauqua to celebrate Lincoln's legacy of freedom

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Enid Chautauqua to celebrate Lincoln's legacy of freedom

May 29, 2009

 Chautauqua cast
“Summer Chautauqua – Voices on the Fringe: Lincoln’s Legacy of Equality” has five scholars depicting historical figures during the special event in Enid June 9-13. The programs are free and open to the public, or students may enroll in a three-hour credit course at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid. The scholars and who they are portraying include (left to right) Dr. Doug Misher as Jefferson Davis, Charles Pace as Frederick Douglas, Ilene Davis as Harriet Tubman, Dr. Michael Hughes as John Ross and Carroll Peterson as Walt Whitman.
To further celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and his legacy of freedom and equality, Northwestern Oklahoma State University is offering a week-long course titled “Summer Chautauqua – Voices on the Fringe: Lincoln’s Legacy of Equality.” Those not wishing to earn college credit may attend the workshops and evening Chautauqua performances for free.

This year’s Oklahoma Chautauqua offering in Enid June 9-13 will present the stories of the following characters:
Dr. Doug Misher as Jefferson Davis, Charles Pace as Frederick Douglas, Dr. Carroll Peterson as Walt Whitman, Dr. Michael Hughes as John Ross, and Ilene Davis as Harriet Tubman.

Students wishing to earn three credit hours during the Chautauqua must enroll in the class and are required to attend each day’s workshops, evening performances and complete all course requirements as described in the syllabus. Two of the course requirements include writing a report on each of the five characters, as well as picking at least three of the scholars to interview and writing a report from that interview. A syllabus and complete schedule of events will be provided to each student.

Students will meet for their first class at 9 a.m. on June 9 in the Northwestern-Enid campus Conference Room with Dr. Cheryl Evans, Enid campus dean.

All evening Chautauqua performances will take place in the Humphrey Heritage Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center at 4th Street and Owen K. Garriott beginning at 7:30 p.m. and generally concluding around 9 or 9:30 p.m. Concessions will be available at 6 p.m. with pre-performance entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Audience members will be able to ask questions of the scholars/performers, who will use their expertise to answer the questions based on research and interpretation.

All daytime workshops will be in the church building at the Heritage Center.

Evans said that all enrolled students and the general public are welcome to bring a lawn chair for the evening performances under the tent and a seat cushion for the daytime workshops. Audience members may purchase snacks and/or supper to eat under the tent prior to the evening performances, and those attending the daytime workshops may pack a brown bag lunch.

Enrolled students are welcome to invite their families and friends to join them in attending these portions of the class.

The students and general public will be presented with the following workshops and performances during the week:

Tuesday, June 9
10:30 a.m., Scholar Workshop: The Five Tribes in the American Civil War, Dr. Michael Hughes
Noon, Scholarship Workshop: Was Jefferson Davis Always an American Patriot? Dr. Doug A. Mishler
7:30 p.m., Scholar Ilene Davis as Harriet Tubman

Wednesday, June 10
10:30 a.m., Scholar Workshop: The Mourning After: The Concept of “The Good Death” and Whitman’s “Come Up From the Fields Father,” Dr. Carroll D. Peterson
Noon, Scholar Workshop: Frederick Douglas: Manhood and Black Soldiers in the Civil War, Charles Pace
7:30 p.m., Dr. Michael Hughes as John Ross

Thursday, June 11
10:30 a.m., Scholar Workshop: Voices on the Fringe: Harriet Tubman and the Port Royal Experiment, Ilene Davis
Noon, Scholar Workshop: Warrior Women in the Life of Frederick Douglas, Charles Pace
7:30 p.m., Dr. Carroll Peterson as Walt Whitman

Friday, June 12
10:30 a.m., Scholar Workshop, Jefferson Davis and His Slaves, an unusual story, Dr. Doug Mishler
Noon, Scholar Workshop: Whitman’s Lincoln Poems, Dr. Carroll D. Peterson
7:30 p.m., Charles Pace as Frederick Douglas

Saturday, June 13
10:30 a.m., Scholarship Workshop: Voices on the Fringe: Music, Medicine and Healing in the Civil War, Ilene Davis
Noon, Scholar Workshop: The Western Frontier during the American Civil War, Dr. Michael Hughes
7:30 p.m., Dr. Doug Mishler as Jefferson Davis

The Chautauqua event is organized by the Enid Chautauqua Council in conjunction with Northwestern, Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip, and the Greater Enid Area Arts and Humanities Council. It is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

For more information about this event or to get enrolled and the requirements for the course, please contact Evans at (580) 213-3105 or clevans@nwosu.edu.  
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