Friday, September 27 Tentative Schedule

The primary venue for these events will be at UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library.

10:00 AM-10:05 AM: Dina Massachi, Project Director of CharlOz, welcomes everyone in Halton Reading Room.

Visualization Lab

10:10 AM-11:05 AM:  Brady Schwind talks about The Wiz and Tom H. John.

11:10 AM-12:05 PM: Eric Shanower talks about how he found a career in Oz.

12:10 PM-1:05 PM: Brady Schwind talks about The Wiz and Tom John.

1:10 PM-4:00 PM: The Wiz VR Experience.

The Makerspace

12:40 PM-2:40 PM: James Ortiz offers a hands on tutorial.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM: Janet K. Lee demonstrates how to draw Oz Characters.


10:10 AM-10:30 AM: T. Craft talks about work as the artistic director at Offsite Connecticut Theatre.

10:35 AM-11:05 AM: Eric Gjovaag talks about the process of creating a definitive The Wizard of Oz website.

11:10 AM-11:35 AM: Ryan Bunch talks about his Oz and the Musical book.

11:40 AM-12:00 PM: Anastasia Rose Hyden discusses how the Columbian Exposition influenced Baum’s Oz series, particularly the Emerald City.

12:05 PM-12:35 PM: Atticus Gannaway talks about Baum, and the illustrators and publishers involved during the process of creating the original Oz series.

Halton Reading Room

10:10 AM-11:10 AM: Janet K. Lee, James Ortiz, Eric Shanower and others discuss the process of creating Oz Characters in a panel moderated by Jessica Burke.

11:15 AM-12:15 PM: Heather Greene talks about the story of the Wicked Witch and Glinda through cinematic history

12:20 PM-1:20 PM: Angelica Shirley Carpenter talks about Matilda Joslyn Gage, a major leader in the early women’s movement and L. Frank Baum’s mother-in-law.

1:25 PM-2:15 PM: Mark West, Katharine Kittredge, J.L. Bell, Walter Squire, Paige Gray, Angelica Shirley Carpenter, Gita Dorothy Morena, and Dina Massachi talk about their book, The Characters of Oz in a panel moderated by Jane Albright.

2:20 PM-2:50 PM: Jason Black and Jeff Walker unpack scenes from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Wizard of Oz concerning the promise of discovering one’s “fantastical home” and “chosen family” as equipment for living in an uncertain and hazardous world.

3:00 PM-3:30 PM: Megan Lynn Isaac talks about the intersection of public authority and gender across the fourteen Oz novels.

3:30 PM-4:00 PM: J.L Bell talks about governmental authority and the long line of literary scholarship about Oz as a utopia, to indicate patterns and show the meaning of monarchy in Baum’s Oz.

All Day Event:

Oz gameplay in Area 49’s Gaming Lab.

Additional Events

All Day: Land of Oz exhibition (self-guided) running in the Projective Eye Gallery.

All Day: Student art exhibition ‘Oz Illustrations‘ (self-guided) running in the Popp Martin Student Union Art Gallery on the UNC Charlotte Main Campus.

Beginning at 7:30 PM: As part of the CharlOz Festival, the Charlotte Symphony delivers a sweeping orchestral backing of the beloved 1939 film The Wizard of Oz in Belk Theatre. To purchase tickets or get additional information on this Charlotte Symphony Event please visit: