Pearl S. Buck to be featured in Winter Chautauqua

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Pearl S. Buck to be featured in Winter Chautauqua

January 11, 2011

Nationally known Chautauqua scholar Karen Vuranch of West Virginia will perform “Pearl S. Buck: A Good Life” as part of the Winter Chautauqua presented at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., in the commons area at the Enid campus, 2929 E. Randolph.

A 10:30 a.m. workshop titled “Stories from a Chinese Village” will begin in the Northwestern-Enid board room. At noon, Vuranch will present “How to Collect and Tell Family Stories” during the brownbag luncheon.

All events are open to the public and free of charge.

There also is an opportunity to enroll in a Northwestern humanities course associated with this event. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Cheryl Evans, Northwestern-Enid dean, at or (580) 213-3105 for additional information on the class requirements.

Those attending the Winter Chautauqua will learn about Buck through a portrayal by Vuranch. Buck was born in Pocahontas County, W.Va., and lived in China for many years. A prolific writer, she published more than 100 novels, 73 short stories and more than 200 articles. She also translated books from Chinese into English and produced 16 films. This considerable body of work often deals with conflicts that arise when Eastern and Western cultures meet.

Buck also was a social activist and humanitarian, speaking out on a number of causes, including civil rights, women's rights and children's causes. She won the Pulitzer Prize with her novel “The Good Earth” and was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
As Buck, Vuranch also will relate the Asian culture through the eyes of an American woman living in China. This presentation is a moving portrayal of one of the important women of the 20th Century.

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.

Local sponsors include Northwestern, the Enid Chautauqua Council and the Greater Enid Arts and Humanities Council.

Contact Evans for more information about the Winter Chautauqua.