Oklahoma Musical History to be Explored during Feb. 24 Talk at RSU Pryor

A Rogers State University faculty member will discuss Oklahoma’s tradition-rich musical history during his Feb. 24 presentation at the RSU Pryor campus.

Dr. Hugh Foley, who is a widely respected Oklahoma music historian, will talk about the state’s music heritage during his presentation, “From Powwows to Power Pop: An Oklahoma Music Survey,” at 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the auditorium of the RSU Pryor campus at MidAmerica Industrial Park, 2155 Highway 69A. Admission is free and open to the public.

A professor in RSU’s Department of Fine Arts, Foley is an author and founding board member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. His talk will include rarely discussed facts about Oklahoma music and his research of Muscogee (Creek) Hymns that formed the scholarly basis for the documentary film, “This May Be the Last Time,” which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Foley’s primary areas of scholarship are American Studies with an emphasis on Oklahoma music and culture, Native American studies and cinema.  He currently serves as the faculty consultant at the campus radio station, KRSC-FM, where he produces a weekly Native American current events and music program, and mentors students in basic studio operations.

This is the second in a series of four presentations in the Faculty Showcase Lecture Series at RSU Pryor. Dr. Brian Andrews last month presented about his archeological research in northeastern Oklahoma.

Upcoming presentations include Dr. Jane Johansson presenting her research into Civil War on the frontier lands, including Oklahoma, on March 25. Dr. Keith Martin will discuss his research on endangered species found in and around Oklahoma caves during his April 29 presentation. All of the talks will take place at 12:05 p.m. in the RSU Pryor auditorium.

For more information, contact the RSU Pryor campus at 918-343-7867.