Merrick Hall | Room 301

New York Times No. 1 best-selling author and 1968 OWU graduate Richard North Patterson returns to campus May 19 to present “1968 and 2018 – History May Not Repeat Itself, But It Sure Does Rhyme.”

Patterson’s free presentation will be held at 10 a.m. in Room 301 of OWU’s Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, and is part of the university’s 2018 Reunion Weekend activities.

During his free, public presentation, Patterson will take a look at two of the most disruptive periods in our history, with echoes of common elements: distrust of government, social division, racial tension, gun violence, and the continuing efforts of women to achieve equity.

“For some of you 1968 is – quite literally – history, like John F. Kennedy and the Beatles,” Patterson states. “But for those of us who came of age then, that was the year it all cracked open. … For me, and many around me, that year was visceral and divisive, turning our lives upside down.”

Patterson is the author of 23 books, with 16 of his novels earning spots on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Learn more about Patterson and his career at