James Burnes is an OU student pursuing a Master of Arts in History of Science and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. He has a Master’s degree in History, which extends from his Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Anthropology, Earth Science and Geology. His graduate research interests center on the history of natural history. At OU, he continues to focus on the history of vertebrate paleontology, expeditions to collect wild animals for zoos, specimen collecting and museum expeditions, and big game hunting and photographic safaris. James has participated in several paleontological field seasons, as well as having studied archaeology abroad in Belize in Maya Culture.
Dr. Wesley Fryer empowers others to create and share digital stories about family life, local culture, and community history. He coaches people of all ages to become digital archivists of family stories and community history. Since 2006 Wesley has helped facilitate collaborative, online oral history projects like “Celebrate Oklahoma Voices,” which includes over 900 videos about Oklahomans and Oklahoma oral history. He is the author of the 2011 eBook “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing,” a Google Certified Teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Fulbright Scholar, a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, an avid educational blogger, and an acknowledged connoisseur of fried chicken.
Kyle Harper’s intellectual pursuits are wide-ranging, from the history of slavery in the ancient world to the development of Christian notions of marriage and family and how law and justice in Greece and Rome continue to shape western legal systems today. Through his studies and research, one truth has crystallized for Harper: that an authentic and nuanced understanding of the United States as a nation, and in particular its constitutional founding, must be grounded in an understanding of history and philosophy from the ancient world to the present. n Edmond-native, Kyle Harper graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Letters from OU in 2001. After pursuing his Master’s and Ph.D. In History at Harvard University, Kyle returned to his home state in 2009 to become the Director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and Assistant Professor of Classics and Letters at the University of Oklahoma. He is a specialist on Roman History, with particular interests in long-term economic and social history and the possibility for integrating biological approaches to human behavior and human sociality into the study of the deep human past. His books include “Slavery in the Late Roman World” and “From Shame to Sin: Christianity and the Making of Western Sexuality.”