Summer Chautauqua on Hollywood's Impact offers credit hours at Northwestern

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Summer Chautauqua on Hollywood's Impact offers credit hours at Northwestern

May 22, 2012

An intensive fun-filled, week-long course titled “Behind the Screen-Hollywood’s Impact on American Culture” is being offered by Northwestern Oklahoma State University June 12-16 during Enid’s Summer Chautauqua series. Students enrolling may earn three hours of credit in humanities or general electives.

Those not wishing to earn college credit may attend the workshops and evening Chautauqua performances for free. All workshops, performances and classes will take place at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center at 507 S. Fourth Street in Enid.

“Behind the Screen: Hollywood’s Impact on American Culture” is a modern Chautauqua event designed to give participants a good knowledge of the historical impact made on American culture by the persons portrayed in the Chautauqua.

The course, led by Dr. Wayne McMillin, dean of Northwestern-Enid, is offered only in Enid, and attendance by students at all events is mandatory. Daily workshops will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Entertainment is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with the Chautauqua performance at 7:30 p.m. “Hollywood’s Impact” is listed as Humanities 4480, key number E935, in the summer schedule.

Persons to be portrayed in the Chautauqua are studio owner Jack Warner, comedian Bob Hope, photographer and director Gordon Parks, actress Ethel Waters and writer William Faulkner.

“Modern” or “humanities” Chautauqua’s developed from a renewed interest in the historical or circuit Chautauqua’s of 100 plus years ago. However, instead of presenting contemporary speakers, the modern Chautauqua uses scholars to portray historical figures in a first-person setting.

Robyn Warfield, dean’s assistant, noted that this is a full week of class and, while a wonderful learning experience, it can be physically and mentally demanding, and will take place inside and outside. The public is invited to all activities and students will participate along with community members. Enrolled students will have additional work to complete in addition to attendance and participation at workshops and performances.

More information about the course may be obtained by contacting Stephanie Widick in the Enid registry office at (580) 213-3102, Warfield at (580)213-3101 or McMillin at (580) 213-3116.