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HCAR Works-in-Progress Seminar: Cori Simon, Ph.D.

November 10, 2023, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm

The Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum cordially invites all interested faculty, staff, and students to join us for our November Works-in-Progress (WIP) Seminar, featuring Cori Simon, Ph.D., from the University of Oklahoma.

Simon, an Assistant Professor of U.S. History at OU, specializes in Native North America, the U.S. West, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, and the nineteenth century. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Simon is currently immersed in her first book manuscript, tentatively titled “Shadowland: Indian Territory’s Contested Past and Uncertain Future, 1800-1910.” This project delves into the history of Indian Territory, a place no longer seen on contemporary maps of North America. The manuscript explores its origins, evolution, and ultimate disappearance, using a borderlands framework to highlight the continuous contestation of this region throughout the nineteenth century.

In November’s seminar, Simon will be sharing a draft of her fourth book chapter, “Settler Intimacy,” which examines the transformation of western and central Indian Territory into the new Oklahoma Territory—a territory that was quickly settled in a series of rapid-fire land runs. The chapter follows the story of the Mayes family after they settled on land carved from the Sac and Fox reservation in 1891. As White-identified settlers, the Mayes family participated in early efforts to draw racial boundaries between settler and Native communities, but their lives demonstrated the ongoing significance of the relationships forged between these communities.

Our WIP Seminars foster a vibrant community of local and regional scholars, offering a platform to share creative work in an academically constructive environment. Each seminar revolves around pre-circulated drafts that participants read beforehand, followed by a roundtable discussion. Empanadas will be served as well as beverages!

For those attending, an electronic copy of the paper will be available by November 3rd. You can access it through this link: Link to the paper.


November 10, 2023
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
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Helmerich Center for American Research
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
Tulsa, OK 74127 United States
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Jackson Seminar Room
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