Nearly a decade into the successful partnership between Gilcrease Museum and The University of Tulsa, these two unique organizations continue to collaborate, foster interest and raise awareness about their unparalleled collections. This year, Gilcrease staff and TU faculty have embarked on a new initiative: Cultures of the Americas (COTA) is a program designed to foster interdisciplinary teaching and research.
To kick off this project, COTA has organized a symposium titled Dislocations and Migrations at the Helmerich Center for American Research on March 30-31, 2018. Scholars, students, activists, archivists, curators and librarians from universities, organizations and communities will gather for this first-of-its-kind event.
The conference seeks to engage its audience in research approaches, applications and means of communication that will adequately address aspects of displacement and migration deeply rooted in history around the world. The symposium will draw attention to the artistic and archaeological resources at Gilcrease, TU, the Helmerich Center and other regional repositories.
My family has long supported similar endeavors, such as the Helmerich Center’s Visiting Scholar program, which encourages academic pursuits based on the collections of Gilcrease, exhibit development, publications and symposia. The vibrant partnerships underlying the COTA initiative demonstrate the ways in which archival, museum and library resources support inquiry and expand audiences by erasing the artificial boundaries between scholarship and community.
I invite you to attend the Dislocations and Migrations symposium and learn more about COTA as we grow the Gilcrease-TU relationship and the many opportunities for expansion that this new initiative brings.