Course detail: OSH236 - From Spurs to Silver Screen: Kansas Cowboy Poetry and History

"If there hadn't been a Kansas, there would not have been a cowboy." That statement by a respected scholar provides a basis for this class which will cover our state's role in creating this legendary icon. We will describe the history of the cowboy and the role of the state of Kansas in this legacy using PowerPoint slides and original cowboy poetry. We'll discuss how the cowboy has been portrayed in literature, movies, radio and television, and examine the development and portrayal of the Kansas cowboy in three eras through the decades. INSTRUCTOR BIO: Ron Wilson is director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at K-State. As a cowboy poet, he was proclaimed "Poet Lariat" by then-Governor Bill Graves and was named an Ambassador for the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

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