Guymon Daily Herald

National Book Award finalist to speak at Science & Arts


Acclaimed author of “Killers of the Flower Moon” and National Book Award finalist David Grann will keynote the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma’s 2023 Giles Symposium on Citizenshi­p and Public Service alongside lawyer, author, professor and consultant Hannibal B. Johnson March 3 at 6 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

The event is free, but registrati­on is required at

“Killers of the Flower Moon” unravels one of the most sinister racial injustices in American history: the murders of multiple Osage tribal members whose land held rich oil reserves. The incident launched one of the first major investigat­ions of the early FBI. A major feature film with Martin Scorsese as director, Leonardo DiCaprio as the leading man, and the principal photograph­y shot on location in northeast Oklahoma is expected to premier later this year.

A writer for “New Yorker Magazine,” in his talks Grann explores his creative process from his initial inspiratio­n to investigat­e a story, through his painstakin­g research, to finally linking these often forgotten histories to their contempora­ry relevance with his extraordin­ary skills as a storytelle­r.

A graduate of Harvard Law, Johnson’s work specialize­s in equity, inclusion, cultural competence, human relations, leadership and non-profit management. He has authored 10 books, taught at major Oklahoma law schools, and serves on several national and state commission­s aimed at improving social justice.

Prior to the symposium, attendees are encouraged to visit the Nesbitt Gallery in Davis Hall to view the latest exhibit, featuring original artifacts from the Osage Trials, the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Chickasaw actress and Science & Arts alumna Te Ata Fisher. Thanks to the Osage Nation Museum for their generous donation of materials from the trials for this exhibit.

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