Speaker Date Topic
Gale Hobson Oct 10, 2017
Mental Health 911 - the Opioid Epidemic
Mental Health 911 -  the Opioid Epidemic
Dick Pryor, KGOU Oct 17, 2017
Media Literacy
Media Literacy

In today’s noisy and rambunctious media environment, a lot of people don’t know what to believe. Reliable information is critical to enlightened and engaged citizenship, but who can you trust? How can you tell the difference between real news and “fake news”? Dick Pryor discusses the news media, the role of journalism and how each person can become a more discerning consumer of news and information. Questions not just welcomed – they are encouraged!

Dick Pryor is general manager of KGOU Radio, which serves more than one million Oklahomans with news, public affairs and entertainment programming. Pryor has more than 40 years of experience in television, radio, public relations, law and government service. He began his career at KGOU while a student at the University of Oklahoma and returned in November 2016.

For 25 years, Pryor served as deputy director, managing editor, anchor and host of news and public affairs series and programs for OETA, Oklahoma’s public educational television network. He has won numerous broadcasting awards, including three regional Emmy Awards.

In addition, Pryor has been a sports anchor/reporter and talk show host, public relations director for Oklahoma City’s professional baseball team and chief of staff for the lieutenant governor. As a lawyer, he provided employment law counsel and business coaching to corporate executives, managers and human resource professionals.

A native of Norman, Pryor earned a B.A. in Journalism and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma. In 2015, he was chosen a Distinguished Alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at OU. Pryor was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009.

Senator John Sparks Oct 24, 2017
Legislative update
Legislative update

Sooner Rotary's Senator John Sparks will give an update of happenings in the OK Legislature.

Dr. Lisa Funnell: OU Women & Gender Studies Nov 21, 2017
Women of James Bond

Co-Director, Center for Social Justice
Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Social Justice
Affiliate Faculty, Film and Media Studies Program


Dr. Lisa Funnell researches the performance and intersection of identities—specifically gender, race, sexuality, nationality, and ethnicity—in Hong Kong martial arts films, Hollywood blockbusters, and the James Bond franchise. She has published on a range of topics including Chinese warrior women, transnational stardom, the "Asianization" of Hollywood, transnational co-productions and cultural flows, gender and feminism in James Bond, and popular geopolitics in spy thrillers. 

She is the author of Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) with Klaus Dodds. She is also the author of Warrior Women: Gender, Race, and the Transnational Chinese Action Star (SUNY Press, 2014). In 2015, her book Warrior Women won the Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work in Women's Studies from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) and the Bronze Medal in the Women's Issues Category from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). She is the editor of For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond (Wallflower, 2015), American and Chinese-Language Cinemas: Examining Cultural Flows (Routledge, 2015) with Man-fun Yip, and Transnational Asian Identities in Pan-Pacific Cinemas: The Reel Asian Exchange (Routledge, 2012) with Philippa Gates. She is currently writing a new book with Klaus Dodds on Thriller Geopolitics: Filming the National Security State in the Post-Watergate Era.   

George Geissler Jan 30, 2018
Oklahoma’s Forests and Forest Industry
Oklahoma’s Forests and Forest Industry

Geissler has been a professional forester for 22 years. A native of New Orleans, he has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Louisiana State University, a Master of Business from Harvard University and is a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester.

Before joining Oklahoma Forestry Services, Geissler owned a natural resource consulting firm based in New Mexico with clients located in 18 western states specializing in forest management and wildland fire preparedness. This company was sold in 2002.

Geissler was also the Corporate Forester for Central and Southwest Services, an electric utility holding company with operations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Montana, Great Britain and Brazil. He has also held positions as a wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service and a procurement/land management forester for a major forest products company.