Cameron University to present “Interpreting the Dust Bowl”

In conjunction with “Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities,” Cameron University’s triennial academic festival, the Cameron University Library will present “Interpreting the Dust Bowl: Disputes, Blind Spots and Correctives,” featuring historian Dr. Alvin Turner, on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The presentation will take place in the CETES Conference Center and is open to the public at no charge.

photo of Alvin TurnerTurner’s presentation will address the lack of sustainable agricultural practices that were in place during the Dust Bowl and the steps taken to mitigate the negative impact those practices had across Oklahoma.

A native Oklahoman who received his Ph.D from Oklahoma State University in 1977, Turner is a noted authority on Oklahoma history, having held positions with the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Oklahoma Museums Association and serving as assistant project director for the Oklahoma Image state-wide heritage project. He has taught in four Oklahoma colleges and junior colleges. In 2006, he retired as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at East Central University.

He was the 2014 recipient of the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book and a 2012 recipient of the Oklahoma Humanities Award from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. In 2011, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame.

Turner is the author or co-author of seven books plus dozens of articles and three volumes of poetry dealing mostly with Oklahoma subjects. He is the editor of “Letter from the Dust Bowl,” a collection of personal correspondence and published articles written by Caroline Henderson, a woman who lived through the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Her articles on the Dust Bowl first began appearing in "Atlantic Monthly" in 1931, drawing the woes of American farmers into the public eye.

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February 27, 2015

PR# 15-043