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Randolph professor to deliver keynote at conference on craft beer culture

J. Nikol Beckham

J. Nikol Beckham

J. Nikol Beckham, a Randolph communication studies professor, will deliver the keynote lecture, “Craft Beer Culture: Troubling Our Thirst for a Better Brew,” at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities event, Something’s Brewing: A Symposium on the Craft Beer Movement. The conference begins Friday, November 4, at the University of Tulsa.

Beckham will discuss the historical and cultural aspects of the craft beer movement. She will also be a panelist for a separate discussion with national and local experts on craft beer. The lecture and symposium are timely for the state of Oklahoma, which will conduct a referendum vote on election day to modernize its laws pertaining to beer and wine distribution.

Beckham recently contributed a chapter to the West Virginia University Press publication, Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer, and she is completing a book manuscript from her dissertation.

“It’s a fantastic honor to be recognized in this way for my work,” Beckham said. “I think for a while people found this kind of work eccentric or interesting, but weren’t as attuned as to how it could be important or how it could relate to broader issues and interests. It’s nice to see this interdisciplinary center recognizing that this work does have a wide audience and wide significance.”

In addition to speaking at the symposium, Beckham will be interviewed on Tulsa’s NPR affiliate radio station, StudioTulsa, Friday morning. Listen live at

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