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SWITCHYARD – Andrea von Kampen & Bill McKibben

May 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Climate Forward

Switchyard at Mayfest kicks off with a night of music and conversation. Singer-songwriter Andrea von Kampen begins the evening with an acoustic performance of songs of climate concern from her new album, Sister Moon. Next, she will join renowned climate activist Bill McKibben and Switchyard magazine editor Ted Genoways for a lively conversation about how we can take action and engage rural America, in order to address the new era of climate change. This event will be held on Thursday, May 9, at OKPOP Museum at 5:00pm.

You can purchase tickets to this individual event for $15 HERE.

This event is also included with the purchase of either VIP pass which you can buy HERE.

Bill McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including the best sellers FalterDeep Economy, and The End of Nature, which was the first book to warn the general public about the climate crisis. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the winner of the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called “the alternate Nobel.” He lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern. He founded the global grassroots climate campaign 350.org; his new project, organizing people over sixty for progressive change, is called Third Act. His most recent book, The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon, was published in 2022.

More about Switchyard at Mayfest:

The University of Tulsa (TU), in collaboration with Magic City Books, announces Switchyard at Mayfest, May 9-11 in the Tulsa Arts District. This festival within a festival convenes writers and musicians featured in the latest issue of the award-winning Switchyard magazine to examine, celebrate and reimagine the future of rural America. Switchyard at Mayfest includes six events over three days with 15 speakers, including bestselling authors Bill McKibben, Monica Potts, and Jeff Sharlet, among others. Tickets begin at $10.

“Every election cycle, rural America is oversimplified and reduced to a set of easy cliches,” reflected Switchyard magazine Editor and University of Tulsa Presidential Professor Ted Genoways. “This issue of Switchyard-and accompanying talks at this festival-are intended to present a richer, more complex version of multiple rural Americas.”

Switchyard at Mayfest complements the latest issue of the magazine to present a multifaceted view of rural America that captures the dynamics and intricacies of this under-covered and often misrepresented region. Award-winning journalist C.J. Janovy describes coming of age as a lesbian in Nebraska. New York Times bestselling author Monica Potts documents the shortage of in-home health workers in Upstate New York. Jeff Sharlet, a finalist for this year’s National Book Critics’ Circle Award, explains how the hippie communes of rural Vermont became havens for conspiracy theory and hate. Bill McKibben, considered the leading voice on climate change, writes about how farmers and ranchers across the Farm Belt are joining the climate fight.

The alignment of the Switchyard magazine issue launch with Mayfest is no accident. University of Tulsa President Brad R. Carson said he welcomes the opportunity to bring new content to Tulsa’s beloved Mayfest tradition.

“Art, music, and literature are the soul of society; they reflect our deepest emotions, challenge our perceptions, and inspire our greatest achievements. At The University of Tulsa, we believe in providing a platform for writers and artists to share their unique voices with the world,” said Carson. “By fostering these opportunities, we not only enrich our cultural landscape but also empower individuals to contribute to a diverse and vibrant tapestry of human experience.”

Switchyard at Mayfest tickets range in price from $10 to $20 per talk, per person. TU offers an all-event VIP pass for $100, which also includes access to VIP areas of Mayfest as well as tickets to two concerts at Cain’s Ballroom: Waxahatchee on Wednesday, May 8, and The Great Divide on Saturday, May 11. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit switchyardmag.com or tulsamayfest.org.


May 9
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


OKPOP Museum
422 N Main Street
Tulsa, OK 74103 United States
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