About the Presenters

sunuDR. SUNU KODUMTHARA, Lecturer

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Dr. Kodumthara is an Associate Professor of History at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she has taught since January 2010. She graduated with her PhD in American History from the University of Oklahoma in 2011, after defending her dissertation entitled “Anti-Suffragists and the Dilemma of the American West.” Kodumthara currently teaches courses ranging from American History To/Since 1877 and the History of Oklahoma to 20th Century America and Women in American History. She has just completed an article on the transition of anti-suffragists into voting advocates and is currently working on a biographical project examining the political career of Kate Barnard, Oklahoma’s first female elected official.

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DEBORAH HUNTER, performer

ARTIST, POET, PERFORMER

Deborah Hunter has been an Artist in Residence with the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. She has performed in numerous plays and also wrote and directed a one-woman performance “Gypsies and Wandering Minstrels.” She has given poetry readings and conducted workshops across the state for a variety of organizations, including Living Arts of Tulsa, Poetry Out Loud, Tulsa Youth Ballet, Greenwood Jazz Festival and many others. Hunter’s main objective in her work is to help others achieve healthy growth toward self-empowerment, encourage social and racial justice, and promote the cultivation of interest in and support for the inherent value of the arts.

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ALYSHA LITTLE, performer

ARTIST, PERFORMER

Little is a historian with experience working for the Oklahoma Historical Society and as a living history reenactor while working at the Murrell Home in Tahlequah. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in history and has done extensive research, documentation and interpretation in her field. Little is an accomplished artist who created all of the illustrations for the Justice Not Roses exhibit booklet. “As a historian specializing in American history, it is my hope that through this presentation, in conjunction with the events planned, visitors to the museum will gain a better understanding of both the history of the Oklahoma and the women’s suffrage movement.”–A. Little