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Sounding Series

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Soundings Series Winter 2018 events - January 24, March 7, and March 28

Learn how to take your research out into the world and engage the community!

The Soundings Series is an opportunity to:

  • showcase the work of OU’s engaged researchers and public intellectuals
  • learn how you can take your research public and make the world a better place

Each Soundings Series event will feature a talk by a successful, publicly engaged faculty member, describing their work and research career, along with an exploration and guided discussion of the skills, tools, and strategies required to operate as an engaged scholar.

Interested in being a Soundings Series speaker? Apply or nominate a colleague here.

Look for more! Resources will be posted in the Winter 2018 semester.

Next Soundings Series - January 24 with Barbara Oakley
RSVP to Leanne DeVreugd ( to attend the Soundings Series events.

Escaping the Ivory Tower: How to Grow Your Public Impact - featuring Barbara Oakley (Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering)

  • Wednesday, January 24, 3-4:30 p.m. in 242 Elliott Hall (auditorium)
  • How can a professor, and a university, have great impact in today's world? Professor Barbara Oakley is instructor of the world's largest massive open online course (MOOC), with 2 million students. She is also a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and many prominent media outlets. In this practical talk, Barb will cover:
    • how to break into popular book publishing (writing a proposal, getting a literary agent)
    • outreach to and impact of media (newspapers, radio, television, and blogs)
    • the pros and cons of using social media
    • the career and institutional impact of MOOCs and online videos
  • See Barb's work and impact on her website:

Upcoming Events
RSVP to Leanne DeVreugd ( to attend the Soundings Series events.

Nuts and Bolts: Writing Tweets, Brights, and Soundbites! - A Soundings Series special session featuring Julia Rodriguez (OU Libraries), Holly Shreve Gilbert (Journalism), and Crystal VanKooten (Writing and Rhetoric)

  • Wednesday, March 7, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Oakland Room, Oakland Center
  • In this hands-on session, you will craft Tweets, write catchy pieces for the news, compose brights (short pieces for blogs/press), and create soundbites about your work!

Reaching the Public: Translating Teaching to a General Audience - featuring Karen Miller, Associate Professor of History

  • Wednesday, March 28, 3-4:30 p.m. in 242 Elliott Hall (auditorium)

Past Speakers

  • Tamara Hew-Butler (Health Sciences, April 2017) - No Guts, No Glory
  • Terri Orbuch (Sociology, September 2017) - Being a Public Scholar: What's Love Got to Do with It?
  • Peter Trumbore and Terri Towner (Political Science, October 2017) - Social Media Strategies for Scholars
  • Ali Woerner (Dance, November 2017) - Dance for Parkinson's Disease: Making the Connection
  • Mark Stone (Music) and Dwayne Anthony (City of Pontiac) (January 2018) - Soul Food: Music as a Ladder and a Bridge