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March 10, 2012
University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

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April 14, 2012
Los Angeles, CA

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September 8, 2012
Penn State University
State College, PA

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September 22, 2012
Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY

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* These conferences are being organized by the hosting university. We will add confirmed panelists and conference information as it becomes available.


Different Shades of Red: Woody Guthrie and the Oklahoma Experience at 100

March 10, 2012
Lorton Performance Center
550 South Gary Place
Tulsa, OK

Conference contact: Brian Hosmer
Chapman Hall 218
T: (918) 631-3843
E: brian-hosmer@utulsa.edu

The event is a collaborative effort between the GRAMMY Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and four distinguished universities. In addition to The University of Tulsa, Brooklyn College, the University of Southern California and Pennsylvania State University will host events throughout the Guthrie centennial year. Each institution will highlight a particular phase of Guthrie's life and enduring influence. The TU symposium will explore Woody Guthrie's Oklahoma roots.

The Saturday symposium, "Different Shades of Red: Woody Guthrie and the Oklahoma Experience at 100", will feature three panels, each with three speakers. The panels include A Culture of Protest, which examines the political and cultural environment that shaped Guthrie's views; Red Dirt Roots, that considers Guthrie's musical influences; and Echoes of Woody, which addresses Guthrie's legacy as it pertains to the Dust Bowl and Depression-Era Oklahoma.

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This Great And Crowded City: Woody Guthrie's Los Angeles

April 14, 2012

Bovard Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA

*Free and open to the public

Conference contact: William Deverell
E: VisionsAndVoices@usc.edu

This conference will feature distinguished scholars, musicians, and writers who will discuss Guthrie's itinerant wanderings through California and the far West, the Dust Bowl culture he drew upon in his songs of commentary and protest, and the backdrop of Los Angeles as it emerged from the Depression at the dawn of the Second World War.

"We are tremendously excited about this partnership forged between USC's Visions and Voices program and the GRAMMY Museum," said William Deverell, Professor of History at The University of Southern California. "This celebration of Woody Guthrie's life, work, and legacy is going to be as fun as it is educational, and we're thrilled to be able to play a role."


8:00 - Coffee/pastries

9:00 - Welcome
Bob Santelli,   The GRAMMY Museum
Chris Sampson, USC Thornton School of Music
Ed Cray, USC Annenberg School

9:30 - 10:00 - Keynote  Address

10:00 - 10:10 - Musical Performance: Students from USC Thornton School of Music

10:15 – 11:45 - Woody in L.A. - Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles: A Musical/Political Evolution
Ed Cray, Moderator
Darryl Holter, The Shammas Group
Ron Briley, Sandia School
Pete La Chapelle, Nevada State College

11:45- 11:55 - Musical Performance: Students from USC Thornton School of Music

12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch Break [on your own]

1:00 – 1:10 - Musical Performance: Students from USC Thornton School of Music

1:15 – 2:15 - LA and Woody Guthrie - Radio and the Evangelical Crowd in 1930s L.A.
Darryl Holter, Moderator
Philip Goff, Indiana University/Purdue University
Sound and Fury: Talkie Technology and Labor Unrest in the L.A. Film Industry in the 1930s
Emily Thompson, Princeton University

2:15 – 3:00 - Woody’s Influences across Space and Race
Ramblin’ in Black and White: Race and Migration in the Works of Woody Guthrie
Dan Cady, Cal State Fresno
Doug Flamming, Georgia Tech

3:00 – 4:30 - Beyond Woody - Woody Guthrie, Tom Joad, and the Forging of an American Political Tradition
Bill Deverell Moderator
Bryant Simon, Temple University
Guthrie, Steinbeck, and the Popular Front - Rick Wartzman, Drucker Institute
California Border Blues: Guthrie, L.A., & Tijuana - Josh Kun, USC

4:30 – 4:40 - Musical Performance: Students from USC Thornton School of Music

4:45 – 5:15 - Talking About Woody: Bob Santelli Interview with Special Guest, Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Woody At 100: Woody's Legacy to Working Men and Women

September 8, 2012
Nittany Lion Inn
State College, PA
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Friday, September 7, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn 
Saturday, September 8, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., Nittany Lion Inn


8:40a - 9:15a: Keynote  Address

"A" SESSIONS - 9:25a - 10:40a

“Walking that freedom highway” (This Land Is Your Land)

Hope, Change and Woody Guthrie: “This Land is Your Land” and the Obama Inauguration 
Dan Gilbert, University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign

Legacies of the Musical Cultural Front: Guthrie, Robeson, and Seeger 
Harry R. Targ, Purdue University

Hard Times: Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello Carry on Woody Guthrie’s Legacy 
Susan Hamburger, The Pennsylvania State University

“Jesus Christ was...a hard-working man and brave” (Jesus Christ)

Bring Your Own God: The Spirituality of Woody Guthrie 
Steve Edington, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Woody Guthrie’s Social Gospel Roots 
Larry Guthrie, Larry Guthrie’s grandfather and Woody’s father both lived in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, in 1912, the year Woody was born

Walt Whitman and Woody Guthrie: Defining, Praising and Transcending the American Worker 
Carmel L. Morse, University of Northwestern Ohio

“Music is...the sound life uses to keep the living alive” (There’s a Feeling in Music)

Si Kahn and others on the Magazines PEOPLE’s SONGS and SING OUT! started by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and others in the 1940s and still published today.

“I’m going into this battle, and take my union gun” (All You Fascists)

Can the Guthrie Center Kill Fascists? Political Silence around Oklahoma’s Woody Guthrie Center
Dr. Lisa Foster, University of Oklahoma

Singing About Academic Labor: Extending the Legacy of Woody Guthrie into the 21st Century Classroom. 
David D. Witt, presenter, coauthors Steve Aby and Joe Larose, The University of Akron

On the Back Side: The Past, Present, and Future of Guthrie’s “Patriotism” in American Schools 
Mark Kissling, The Pennsylvania State University

"B" SESSIONS - 10:50a - 12:00a

“You've played, little darlin' all day” (Goodnight Little Arlo)

“Why Couldn't the Wind Blow Backwards?”: The Childlikeness of Woody Guthrie's Songs for Children 
Liam Maloy, Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool, UK.

Strike Up the Band: Mother Jones and the Music of Reform 
Scout and Addie Best, Middle School Students, Somerset, PA

Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Javy Brown ...Or, What Could Woody Guthrie Possibly Mean to a Teenage Girl From Ohio in the Year 2012? 
Javy Brown, Middle School Student, Cincinnati, OH

“I've sung this song, but I'll sing it again” (So Long Its Been Good To Know Yuh)

Woody’s Children: Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Guthrie’s Legacy for the New Left 
Joel Woller, Carlow University

Don’t Call Me Woody”: Joe Strummer and the Punk Legacy of Woody Guthrie’s Radical Folk 
Edward A. Shannon, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Freak Weirdo: Bob Dylan, Wilco, and the Redefining of Woody Guthrie 
Court Carney, Stephen F. Austin State University

“They'll tell you they make less than a dollar a day” (1913 Massacre)


Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton 

Tom Weber 

Ken Ross & Louis V. Galdieri 

“Gather 'round me, children, a story I will tell” (Pretty Boy Floyd)

Woody Guthrie as America’s Original “Merry Prankster” 
Kristin Lems, National Louis University, Skokie, IL

Pop Music and the Dark Experiment: Decline in American Labor Value from "Forty-Hour Week" to "Jack of All Trades" 
John Duffy, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Woody Guthrie as Labor Historian 
Tom Juravich, University of Massachusetts Amherst

LUNCH - 12:10p - 1:30p

Performance by the D.C. LABOR CHORUS

"C" SESSIONS - 1:40p - 2:50p

“Bound for glory...” (This Train Is Bound For Glory)

Voices of the Oppressed: Woody Guthrie, Black Gospel Music, and the Power of Song 
Reverend Billy Wirtz (Blues musician, comedian, and writer) and Jerry Zolten, the Pennsylvania State University

“I gotta boogie for peace” (Peace Pin Boogie)

The Playing’s the Thing: A Musical Analysis of “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos” 
Richard Hunt, Potomac State College

This Pen is Your Pen, This Pen is My Pen: Woody Guthrie and the Progressive Cartooning Legacy 
James P. Quigel, Jr., Head, Historical Collections and Labor Archives, The Pennsylvania State University

“the peoples art” and Modernism: Woody Guthrie, Joseph Campbell and Miguelito Valdés in New York in the 1940s 
David Taylor, University of North Texas

“Take you riding in my car, car” (Riding In My Car)

Every Buck I do Buck and Every Twitchy I do Twitch’: Movement, Travel, and Transportation in the Life and Art of Woody Guthrie 
Mark F. Fernandez, Loyola University New Orleans

Converging Visions of America: Reconciling the Politics, Art, and Personal Narratives of Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac 
Frank J. Bove, The University of Akron

Who are the Balladeers of the People in 21st Century America? 
Patrick R. Saunders, American Culturalist

“We'll work in our working class struggle if we live a thousand lives more” (Vanzetti's Letter)

Remembering Rosie: Gender and Family Dynamics in Woody Guthrie’s Ballads of Sacco and Vanzetti 
Michele Fazio, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Woody was Right! New Perspectives on the '1913 Massacre' and Italian Hall 
Gary Kaunonen, Michigan Technological University

Wobblies, Woody, and the Wrecking Ball: Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, and Bruce Springsteen as Visionary Realists of Anarchism, Communism, and Democracy 
Doug Morris, Eastern New Mexico University

"D" SESSIONS - 3:00p - 4:10p

“If prayer will bring us union love, I’ll pray and pray and pray some more” (Union Prayer)


“My worky contract’s out, Yes, I have to move on”-- Woody Guthrie’s Migrant Labor Consciousness in the Latin/o Context. 
Jorge Arévalo Mateus, Curator, Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives

Transnational(izing) Guthrie: Appropriating an American Icon in Germany 
Martin Butler, University at Oldenburg, Germany

The British Connection: Guthrie, Skiffle, and the Workers’ Music Association 
Will Kaufman, University of Central Lancashire, England

“I'd give my life blood, just to turn my people free” (Harriet Tubman's Ballad)

Woody Guthrie and the African American Connection 
Victoria Yancey, Walden University and the University of Phoenix

“My People Are Not Quaint”: Transracial Resistance in Woody Guthrie’s Oklahoma Hills 
Rachel C. Jackson, University of Oklahoma

Chords of the Road: The Travel and Migration of White Folk Musicians and African American Blues Artists during the Great Depression 
Daniel Simmons: University of Connecticut

“They chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves” (Deportees)

Class Matters: Woody Guthrie and the Politics of Class 
Ron Briley, Sandia Preparatory School

Woody Guthrie’s Spoiled Album 
Gustavus Stadler, Haverford College

Understanding Woody Guthrie in the Context of the Popular Front in America 
Clement Daly, Independent Researcher

“She always stood her ground” (Union Maid)

Two Plainswomen’s Dust Bowl Ballads 
Josh Garrett-Davis, author of Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains, to be published by Little, Brown in August 2012

We Shall be Free: The ILGWU, Social Unionism, and Workers’ Empowerment 
Jill Jensen, The Pennsylvania State University

Union Maids: Women, Workers and Woody Guthrie 
Emily Baxter, London School of Economics and Political Science


The Musician’s Roundtable, hosted by Robert Santelli 
Santelli, Director of the Grammy Museum, will interview selected artists who will discuss Guthrie’s influence on their music and end the conference in song.


Welcome Back Woody: A Guthrie Centennial Celebration

September 22, 2012
Brooklyn, NY

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All-Day Conference and Concert - Free to Public
Gold Room, Brooklyn College Student Center

Conference Schedule - Saturday, 22 September 2012

10:00a - Registration

10:30a - Welcome, Karen Gould, President Brooklyn College

10:45a - Nora Guthrie, “My Name is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town”

11:30a - Panel 1: Woody in New York: The Politics of the Culture Front and the Cold War

  • Michael Denning, “Talking Cultural Front Blues”
  • Elijah Wald, “Woody and the Blues: Leadbelly, Josh White, and the Cultural Politics of Race”
  • Dave Marsh, “The Price of Authenticity: Politics and Purism in Guthrie’s Folk Music”
  • Ray Allen (Chair)

12:45p - Lunch and Book Signings

2:00p - Keynote, Sean Wilentz, “A Tale of Two New Yorks: Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan Hit Manhattan”

2:45p - Panel 2: Woody the Radical Songster

  • Will Kaufman, “Woody Guthrie: From Tin Pan Alley to Occupy Wall Street"
  • Robbie and Ernie Lieberman, “Don't You Push Me Down: People's Songs and People's Artists Sing Out in the Early Cold War Years”
  • Jorge Arévalo Mateus, “Si nos Queremos Juntos, Vamos a Ganar, Si!: Woody Guthrie’s Global Radicalismoin the Latin/o World
  • Ronald Cohen (Chair)

4:30p - Artist Roundtable with Billy BraggJudy Collins, and Lorin Sklamberg / Robert Santelli, moderator

5:30p - Reception and Book Signing

7:30p - "This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie at 100 Concert" with Judy Collins, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Tony Trischka Band, The Klezmatics, John Cohen & The Dust Busters, Mike + Ruthy, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

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*Artists subject to change without prior notice

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