Ozarks Lecture Series

Come on back to the Missouri State campus following the weekend crafts and music festival for these captivating discussions on life in the Ozarks.


Hipbillies: Back to the Landers in the Arkansas Ozarks

Jared M. Phillips is a historian, aspiring draft-horse farmer, and program manager for Feed Communities. He and his wife, Lindi, are Ozarks natives who live with their son on a small homestead outside Prairie Grove, Arkansas.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Steve Wiegenstein

7:30 p.m.
Meyer Library, Room 101

Rags and Meat and Hide and Hair: Violence in the Ozarks Master Narrative

Steve Wiegenstein was born and raised in the eastern Missouri Ozarks with family roots going deep into Madison, Iron, and Reynolds counties. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Wiegenstein is currently the Program Director for Humanities for the American Public University System. He has authored two books: "Slant of Light" and "This Old World"

Let the Old Man Play: Springfield’s African American Music Legends

Ernie Bedell grew up in Springfield, Missouri in the sixties and seventies. Under the mentorship of his seventh grade English teacher, Donald Sharp, Bedell began playing acoustic guitar at the age of fourteen and switched to bass at age fifteen. He has played with several bands including K.C. Express who had a recording contract with Stax Records. He has also performed with blues artists Lil’ Joe Blue, Johnnie Taylor, Greg Smith, and Ernest Johnson.