The McBride Center for Public Humanities is scheduled to present its 16th annual program and feature poet, songwriter and singer Brad Fielder.
The event is scheduled for March 27, in Judd Theatre on the Oklahoma Christian University campus. Admission is free.
The event will begin with a jam session at 6 p.m., followed by a formal performance of Brad Fielder’s poetry and music at 7 p.m.
Scott LaMascus, the director of the McBride Center, said why he believes it is important to have poets and writers on campus.
“Different objectives and requirements apply to creatives; they react to educational programming in various ways,” LaMascus said. “Thus, I believe it is extremely vital to have poets and writers on campus who can serve as role models and motivate students.”
LaMascus said apart from the formal show, Fielder will also be interacting with students and answering their questions, providing an opportunity for aspiring poets and songwriters to learn from the best in the field.
“We hope Brad Fielder inspires students. He will be on campus, meeting with students and addressing their questions. He’ll be in their classes on Friday,” LaMascus said. “Fielder’s visit is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn from a renowned artist and receive insight into the world of poetry and songwriting.”
LaMascus described the evening as an informal event with Fielder expected to showcase his artistic abilities in a raw setting.
“The artwork makes it clear Bradfield won’t be showing up in a three-piece suit. This musical gathering is what we’re calling a “back porch” event,” LaMascus said.
The annual program has become a highly anticipated event, gathering scholars, artists and students. This year’s event promises to be no exception, especially with Fielder’s presence .
Laura Seka Keza, a sophomore at Oklahoma Christian University and a poetry fan, expressed her excitement for the upcoming event.
“I am excited. Brad Fielder has been playing on my Spotify. I’m looking forward to meeting him in person,” Keza said.
Junior Sarah Adelaide said she looks forward to exploring a new passion outside her comfort zone.
“I’m not really a poetry or music person, but I’m still curious about Brad Fielder and his art. I think it’s important to step outside of your comfort zone and experience new things, and this event seems like a great opportunity to do that,” Adelaide said. “Who knows, maybe I’ll discover a new passion.”
Freshman Alvin Shyaka said his love for spoken word and poetry led him to be interested in the event.
“As someone who has always been interested in spoken word and hip-hop, I’m excited to see Brad Fielder perform. Maybe I will enjoy the poetry part of the event,” Shyaka said.
Gladys Uwera Mihigo, alumni and former president of the International Students Council at Oklahoma Christian, said she is excited to attend and watch Fielder perform live.
“I have never heard of Brad Fielder before, but after listening to his songs on Spotify, I’m intrigued,” Mihigo said. “I am excited to watch him perform live and hear his poetry.”