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State briefs for March 13



French and francophone studies colloquium begins Thursday

The University of Central Oklahoma will partner with the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa to host the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium Thursday through Saturday at the Skirvin Hotel, 1 Park Ave.

The colloquium is open to graduate students and faculty, with the note that most panels will be spoken primarily in French. However, a free and open-to-the-public screening of Valerie Minetto's French documentary “L’échappée, à la poursuite d’Annie Le Brun” will be presented at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive.

The documentary is 78 minutes long and will have English subtitles. The subject of the documentary, Annie Le Brun, will be in attendance for the screening. A question-and-answer session will follow the conclusion of the 5:30 p.m. screening.

For more information, go to blogs.uco.edu/ffsc.

Museum to offer train car tours during spring break

Science Museum Oklahoma visitors will have more time for science exploration during extended spring break hours Monday through March 24.

The week also will include tours of the museum’s restored 1929 Pullman parlor car and additional Science Live and Kirkpatrick Planetarium showtimes.

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through March 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 23 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 24.

Daily general admission for Science Museum Oklahoma is $15.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64), and $12.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors 65 and older. For more information, go to www.sciencemuseumok.org.


Germans from Russia group to meet

The Central Oklahoma chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will meet at noon Saturday in the American Legion Hall, 207 W Main St.

German food will be available to buy in the Corn Cafe, which is next to the meeting location.

Garen and Eva Martens, of Fairview, will show photos of their visit to the Ukrainian/South Russia villages where many Mennonites lived before their immigration to western Oklahoma and the central United States. The couple will also present the history of Mennonite journeys across Europe and Russia, eventually traveling to the United States.

Staff reports