An Evening With Thomas Jefferson

jefferson thumbnailThe University of Central Oklahoma Laboratory of History Museum presents An Evening with Thomas Jefferson at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, in Ballroom C of the Nigh University Center.

Steven Edenbo has studied and portrayed Thomas Jefferson since 1999. In addition to continuing independent study, he researched Jefferson as a resident fellow at Monticello's International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Va. He appears regularly at such venues as The National Archives in Washington, D.C. and Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Steve has been featured on television as Mr. Jefferson in various History Channel & PBS documentaries, as well as in Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." He has shared Jefferson's life & legacy across the U.S. and in England.

This event is being held in celebration of the Laboratory of History Museum’s 100th anniversary. Founded in 1915 by UCO history professor Lucy Jeston Hampton, the museum preserves and exhibits UCO’s history while serving as a training tool for students in the History-Museum Studies program. Located in historic Evans Hall, exhibits display the history of UCO within the broader context of the community, state, and nation.

The program will include a question-and-answer session with the audience. The Trio Antiqua of the UCO Center for Historical Performance will perform period music at the event. A reception following the program will be held in the Nigh University Center’s Heritage Room. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Laboratory of History Museum, Future Museum Professionals Organization, UCO’s College of Liberal Arts, UCO's Department of History & Geography and the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

For more information about this event or the Laboratory of History Museum, please contact the museum’s director, Heidi Vaughn, at or 405.974.5789

UCO Expands Academic Offerings with New Programs this Fall

Beginning in fall 2015, students at the University of Central Oklahoma will find several new choices among the university’s 117 undergraduate majors, 85 minors and 70 graduate programs as Central continues to expand the offerings that make it a smart investment for success.

In the College of Liberal Arts, new minors include documentary film, interpersonal communication, and gender and sexuality studies.

The gender and sexuality studies minor explores the ways in which gender and sexuality shapes lives and includes courses like Race, Class and Gender in U.S. History, Sociology of Gender, Masculinity in the Media, Women in Politics, and more.

“Social expectations about women and men — which intersect with issues of race, class, sexuality and nationality — influence our legal, medical, educational and political systems,” said Lindsey Churchill, Ph.D., assistant professor of history and director of the minor. 

The minor will give students the tools to analyze issues of gender and its constructions in their chosen disciplines and allow students to examine the ways in which constructions of masculinity and femininity affect political systems, culture and history, as well as both national and international ideas about gender, sexuality and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.