Tony Award-winning playwright to keynote annual liberal arts symposium David Henry Hwang to speak Feb. 1 in Te Ata Auditorium

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Tony Award-winning playwright to keynote annual liberal arts symposium

David Henry Hwang to speak Feb. 1 in Te Ata Auditorium

CHICKASHA, Okla. (January 24, 2017) – Playwright David Henry Hwang will deliver the keynote address at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s 12th annual Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Hwang is best known as the author of “M. Butterfly,” which premiered in 1988 and went on to win a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, John Gassner Award and Outer Critics Circle Award as well as being a finalist for the Pultizer Prize for Drama. It was adapted into a film starring Jeremy Irons in 1993. In later 2017 there was a Broadway revival of the play, directed by Julie Taymor.

“As a Chinese-American author, Mr. Hwang’s voice is at once familiar and foreign,” said James Finck, associate professor of American history and symposium coordinator. “In a deep and thoroughly humane way, his works examine what it means to be an American, how society and culture shape an individual’s inner life, the places where these internal and external forces clash, and how they vie for power.”

USAO’s Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium series is sponsored annually by the USAO Foundation and was inspired by endowment funds created by Oklahoma College for Women alumni Gladys Anderson Emerson and Nance Foules Wier.

For more information contact Finck at (405) 574-1229 or jfinck@usao.edu.

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Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang will keynote the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s 12th annual Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

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The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is the state’s only public liberal arts college with approximately 850 students. Its mission is to provide the public with a distinctive and accessible liberal arts and sciences education. Combining an interdisciplinary core curriculum with superior instruction in major fields of study, USAO aims to provide a thorough education that prepares students for meaningful, purposeful lives.

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