Speaker Date Topic
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.   

Guy Patton Dec 05, 2017
University North Park TIF/Arena
University North Park TIF/Arena

Guy Patton is President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Oklahoma Foundation. The Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization that serves as the principal depository for the private fundraising efforts of the University of Oklahoma. Assets of the Foundation now exceed $1.7 billion.

Prior to assuming his current role in October of 2007, Mr. Patton was with Fidelity Investments for more than 23 years where he held numerous senior management positions including general management positions in Fidelity’s institutional and retail businesses.

From 2004 until 2007, was the chief executive of all of Fidelity’s Retirement and Outsourcing business with nearly 5000 employees and revenues of over $2.5 billion. Mr. Patton was a member of Fidelity’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Patton has been a member of the board of directors for numerous for profit and not-for-profit organizations and currently serves as a director for JFF in Boston Massachusetts, Casady School and the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Foundation in Oklahoma City. His involvement at the University of Oklahoma includes being active on the Price College of Business Board of Visitors as well as chairing the Finance Division board.

Joe Grizzle's Annual Christmas Program Dec 19, 2017

Joe will be brining his unique annual Christmas Program. 

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.