Audiences will gather together for a variety of historical enactments, workshops, and informal discussions at the 2016 Oklahoma Chautauqua in Altus. This year's event will focus on the theme "The Cold War, The Early Years," when heightened tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union following World War II led to mutual suspicions, proxy wars, and fears of mass nuclear destruction.
Daytime workshops on cultural and political Cold War topics will be held at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Altus Public Library. Evening programs will be held in a tent on the Western Oklahoma State College campus at 7:00 pm. The evening events will include first person presentations and audience questions to a historical figure in character and to the scholar portraying the character. Portrayals of figures such as Winston Churchill, Nikita Khrushchev, Pete Seeger, Ralph J. Bunche, and Eslanda Robeson will provide a close-up view of the early Cold War era and a broader, national perspective.
All Chautauqua programs are free and open to the public.
Funded project of the Oklahoma Humanities Council. The Oklahoma Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.