The Department of Classics and Letters proposes to establish an annual lecture series, named in memory of Dr. Katherine Rader, to invite outstanding scholars from around the world to present on topics from Greek and Roman antiquity. The long-term purpose of this series will be to stimulate intellectual discussion at the University of Oklahoma and to develop relationships with other programs of classical scholarship around the world.
The series will be named in memory of Dr. Katherine Rader, who earned three degrees at the University of Oklahoma: BA (1936), MA (1940), PhD (1951). She taught English at Northwestern State University in Alva, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Central State University (UCO) over a career that spanned nearly fifty years. As a teacher, she was renown for her ability to generate excitement for intellectual pursuits and critical and imaginative thinking. She died in 2005 and left a generous bequest “to support and enrich the Department of Classics and Letters formerly known as the Department of Classical Languages.” We believe that bringing outstanding teacher-scholars to the University of Oklahoma will honor her life of enthusiastic teaching and encouragement and will enrich the lives of OU students and the broader community.