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We offer fall, spring and summer courses at various locations across Tulsa. Topics change each semester and range from art, history, culture, cinema, cuisine and more.
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Tulsa Summer 2022 Course Offerings

Course registration opens April 4.


  • The films of Sidney Poitier

    Mondays, 1:30-3:30p | 4wks | 5/16-6/13

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Dennis Scott, Movie Historian

    Tulsa native Dennis Scott is a theatre and silent film organist and film historian. He’s been the House Organist at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre for more than 25 years and is the official organist for the International Buster Keaton Society. He accompanies silent films in theatres around the U.S. and has recorded film scores for several silent film restorations.

    Location: Montereau

    Important Info: $25 No class 5/30


    Born into poverty in 1927, Bahamian and U.S. citizen by birth, Sidney Poitier rose to acclaim as an actor, director, and producer. He became the first African American to accept an Oscar for his performance as a leading man in Lilies of the Field.  Five of his films are on the American Film Institute’s top 100 list of the Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. Seven of his films have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. Without a doubt, Sidney Poitier became a cultural icon during his career and lifetime. Join us in viewing and discussing four of his significant movies during this course.

  • WPA in OK

    Mondays, 10a-12p | 4wks | 5/16-6/13

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Becky Hatchett

    Becky Hatchett is a lifelong Oklahoman who grew up in the 1950s and ‘60s in a family with strong memories of the 1930s, which instilled in her a desire to preserve and pass along historical knowledge. She is a docent at the Tulsa Historical Society and the Gilcrease Museum and has been involved with various genealogical projects and historical societies. In 2019 after a 42-year career, she retired as a middle school teacher and librarian. She earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Tulsa and a master’s from the University of Oklahoma.

    Location: Montereau

    Important Info: $25 with a la carte membership. No class 5/30


    The Works Progress Administration employed 119,000 Oklahomans from 1935-37, spending more than $59 million in the state. Along with the structures you may recognize as WPA projects, WPA workers (including musicians, artists, actors and writers) created resources, documents, surveys and maps that are useful for your own genealogical and historical research, as well as artistic projects. We’ll look at contributions by WPA workers, including interviews with pioneers, Native Americans and former slaves; post office murals; buildings; and the preservation of local history.

  • History of Muskogee

    Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30p | 4wks | 5/18-6/8

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Jonita Mullins, Historian and Muskogee native

    Jonita Mullins is an award-winning author and speaker from Muskogee, Okla. She has written 14 books and more than 700 articles focused on history for the Muskogee Phoenix newspaper. Her newest book, “Muskogee: The Indian Capital,” may be purchased from Amazon or directly from the author. Mullins serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society. When not writing, speaking or conducting historical tours, she works on preservation projects in Muskogee.

    Location: Montereau

    Important Info: $25 with a la carte membership.


    Starting with ancient Native American burial mounds, the area known today as an Oklahoma town called Muskogee has a deeply rooted history. From the fur trade to Indian removals, the Civil War, the railroads, outlaws and lawmen, Indian allotments, the struggle for statehood, the development of the oil industry and navigation on the Arkansas River — all are part of Muskogee’s story. As this community celebrates its 150th birthday this year, learn why one historian called Muskogee “the epicenter of the Wild West.” No telling of Indian Territory and Oklahoma history is complete without a look at this town.

  • Let's Do Lunch: Tulsa Restaurant Crawl

    Thursdays, 10a-12p | 3wks | 5/26-6/9

    Format: Hands-on

    Instructor: Various

    Location: At each restaurant
    Important Info: Max 15. Must pre-register. $10 admin fee for all registrants. Guests welcome.


    It’s time to get out of the house. We’ve spent too much time at home feeling the isolation of a global pandemic, so how about some lunch dates? In this course, we’ll meet for lunch at a different restaurant each week. At each location, we’ll learn about the history of the restaurant, the owner, all about the food, and the generations of cooks who inspired the menus. Most importantly, we’ll eat.  Locations: Mexicali Border Cafe, Mondo's Ristorante Italiano and Albert G's Bar-B-Q.

  • Ancestors Speaking Through Fiction

    Thursdays, 1:30-3:30p | 4wks | 5/26-6/16

    Format: Discussion

    Instructor: Pat Cawiezell & Carissa Kellerby, Avid, eclectic readers and book discussion facilitators

    Pat Cawiezell is the buyer and Author Program coordinator at Tulsa’s Magic City Books. Prior to joining the staff, he was a board member of the Tulsa Literary Coalition. Carissa Kellerby has been with the Tulsa City County Library for more than 11 years and is currently the Branch Manager of the Jenks Library.

    Location: Magic City Books
    Important Info: Texts: "My Monticello" by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson ISBN 9781250807151 and "Libertie" by Kaitlyn Greenidge ISBN 9781643752587


    This course will be a book discussion group focused on two books, “My Monticello,” by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson and “Libertie,” by Kaitlyn Greenidge. The first has been called “nimble, knowing and electrifying.” The second was said to be “an amazingly wonderful book” by a “master storyteller.” Reading fiction can help us see beyond our own perspectives and our discussion will explore generational trauma through the lens of our selected readings.

  • Wine Tasting in Tulsa

    Thursdays, 1:30-3:30p | 3wks | 5/26-6/9

    Format: Hands-on

    Instructor: John Williams, CSW, CSS, Wine specialist

    John Williams is a certified specialist of wine (CSW) and a certified specialist of spirits (CSS). He is the Eastern Division sales manager for Premium Brands Wine & Spirits Revolution Wholesale.

    Location: Montereau
    Important Info: $10 with a la carte membership. Max 15.


    Whether you’re a connoisseur, want to become one or just like a sip now and then, this class is for you. We’ll have a different theme each week and explore various samples within each theme.

    • Week 1 (May 26): Best-Loved Bubbles—Sparkling wines from around the world.

    • Week 2 (June 2): It’s All Greek to Me—Explore the amazing wines from the Greek Islands.

    • Week 3 (June 9): The Diversity of Washington Wine—Discover the hidden gems of the Pacific Northwest.


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