Sean Latham - The University of Tulsa

Sean Latham

Oklahoma Center for the Humanities awarded major grant

The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities (OCH) has received a grant of $100,000 from the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Sustaining Humanities Infrastructure Program (SHIP). These awards support colleges, universities and nonprofit humanities research or educational organizations to restore, sustain and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to bolster under-supported humanities programming with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Old red brick three-story building with an illuminated entryway and the partial words Tulsa Paper painted near the top
Henry Zarrow Center for Art & Education

One of 21 grantees from the across the country, the OCH will use the funds to support a project titled Pathways to Freedom: Re-energizing the Public Humanities in Tulsa. The main thrust of this endeavor will be the reactivation of The University of Tulsa’s Henry Zarrow Center for Art & Education as a key site for bringing the distinctive tools of the humanities to bear on urgent community challenges.

“This generous funding provides the OCH an exciting opportunity to fully activate the Zarrow Center in Tulsa’s Arts District as an active cultural hub for both the university and the region as whole,” said OCH Director Sean Latham. “We’ll work with diverse community partners to fill the space with exhibitions, lectures and performances all designed to explore the complex idea of freedom as a fundamental part of our legacy, identity and future.”

illustration bearing the word FREEDOM in capital letters in white set against a dark blue background with colored ribbons trailing off of the letter MIn concert with the OCH’s 2022-23 theme “Freedom,” the Zarrow’s SHIP-supported reactivation will focus on three topics:

  • The history and future of tribal sovereignty in Oklahoma
  • The state’s historic all-Black towns
  • The musical legacy of the Dust Bowl

SHIP funds will also enable the hiring of a post-doctoral assistant director, an emerging scholar who will gain mentoring and practical management experience in the public humanities.

Craving a space for collaboration, research synthesis, deep thinking and community engagement? At the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, we’re eager to welcome you to our vibrant community.

Three faculty named Outstanding Researchers for 2020

The University of Tulsa is honored to announce the recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Researcher Award – a lifetime distinction, received only once in an individual’s career. It is intended to honor achievements that have been validated in the scholar’s professional field.

The 2020 recipients are:
outstanding researchersJoanne Davis, Professor of Psychology: Professor Davis’ research is broadly concerned with trauma and its consequences. Particular focus of this work is on the development of sleep disorders following traumatic events, and the exploration of the effects of interpersonal violence. Notably, Joanne translates her research to make the findings useable for the broad, nonacademic community, providing seminars for organizations such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and NGOs in Tulsa including Family and Children’s Services and Domestic Violence Intervention Services.

outstanding researchersRobert Spoo, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law: Professor Spoo conducts his interdisciplinary work at the intersection of copyright law, theories of the public domain, informal norms, publishing, modern authorship and law and literature. Robert combines these distinct disciplines in scholarship that is grounded in literary and legal history and nourished by his diverse roles as literature professor, law professor, attorney and journal editor.

outstanding researchersSean Latham, Professor of English: Professor Latham’s scholarly activities focus on modern literature and culture and have drawn inspiration from the likes of James Joyce and Bob Dylan. His work intertwines with a broad interest in the cultural context of modernist aesthetics and the meanings and uses of formal innovation in 20th century literature. Since 2001, Sean has been the editor of The James Joyce Quarterly, the pre-eminent journal of Joycean studies in the world, and he also serves as the director of the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities.

Candidates for the Outstanding Researcher Awards were nominated by deans from Kendall College of Arts & Sciences, Collins College of Business, Oxley College of Health Sciences, the College of Engineering & Natural Sciences and the College of Law. Nominees were selected for their recognition of outstanding research and scholarly achievements. Other considerations included pedagogical awards, honors from scholarly societies, grants, publication citation counts or other forms of public recognition. External recognition of a faculty member’s work also factored into the selection process.

TUniverse: The Human Connection – Playing with Sound

In this episode, Sean Latham, the Director for the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, sits down with Mack Hagood, the Blayney Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies at Miami University in Ohio, and the author of Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control. Together they discuss what sound means for us, how it’s social effects have transformed over time, and just why we seem to like playing with it so much.


TUniverse: The Human Connection – An Interview with Robert Spoo

In this episode, Sean Latham, the Director for the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, has a special sit-down interview with Bob Spoo, discussing his new book, Modernism and the Law, along with it’s exploration into the works of James Joyce and transatlantic Anglo-American modernist culture.


TUniverse: The Human Connection – Playing with Game Design

In this episode, Sean Latham, the Director for the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, has a conversation with Tracy Fullerton, an award-winning game designer and professor at the University of Southern California. Together they explore what games allow users to do, how entertainment can be forged from the process, and why “play” is at the heart of all it.


TUniverse: The Human Connection – Playing with Education

In this episode, Sean Latham, the Director for the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, speaks with Helen Douglass, a Tulsa Artist Fellowship Fellow and Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Tulsa. From conversations about maker-spaces to thoughts on how playing relates to education, The Human Connection keeps the conversation going and continues redefining the power of playing.


TUniverse: The Human Connection – Playing with Music (Part 2)

In this episode, Sean Latham, the Director for the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, keeps the music conversation going with Katie Moulton, a Tulsa Artist Fellowship Fellow and writer, editor and music critic. Moulton’s understanding of not only music criticism, but also musical structure, fuels a conversation about how artist and listerns can play with music. After all, we “read” a book and “paint” a picture, but “play” music. Why is that? Find out our thoughts in this engaging episode!