April 2021

Ohio Wesleyan Announces University’s Upcoming Public Events

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory continues virtual skywatches and lectures in April. Call the observatory for tickets to the online events. (Photo by Paul Molitor)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its April 2021 lineup of public events. Nearly all events will be virtual. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free. For the latest OWU event information, visit owu.edu/calendar or “like” OhioWesleyanUniversityNews on Facebook. For Battling Bishop athletics events, visit www.battlingbishops.com.

Now through April 8 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum presents exhibits connected by the theme “Cityscape/Landscape.” The Kuhlman Gallery features “Pattern Drift: Cityscape,” a collection of art by Philadelphia-based printmaker Amze Emmons, a 1996 Ohio Wesleyan graduate and associate professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University. The West Gallery features “Landscape through the Lens: Responses to William Henry Jackson,” bringing the works of contemporary photographers Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, Zig Jackson, and Martina Lopez into conversation with the work of Jackson, a 19th-century landscape photographer. During the academic year, the Ross, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is free. Visitors must follow the latest public health guidelines. Both exhibits have virtual tours online at owu.edu/ross. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit the website for more information.

8 p.m. April 2, 16, 23, and 30 – Virtual evening programs offered by Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory. Content of the online events will vary based on sky conditions and may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and stargazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Tickets are $5 and may be reserved by calling (740) 363-1257. Only 100 tickets will be sold for each event. Learn more at owu.edu/perkins.

7 p.m. April 7 – “Nature-Inspired Innovation: How Biomimicry Can Lead to Radical Business and Sustainability Advancements.” Jared Yarnall-Schane, entrepreneurship director for the Biomimicry Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, discusses how studying biology and other natural sciences can lead to business breakthroughs. Yarnall-Schane’s presentation is part of the 2020-2021 Sagan National Colloquium*. To register for the free event and receive the presentation link, visit owu.edu/snc.

3 p.m. April 11 – Ohio Wesleyan senior recital featuring Katie Smigle, piano, and Taryn Barnes, flute. The free concert will be performed without an in-person audience. It will be streamed live and archived online at owu.edu/stream. Learn more at owu.edu/music.

7 p.m. April 15 – Thomas F. DeFrantz presents “Making*Queering*Dancing.” DeFrantz, Ph.D., is a professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University, and director of SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance applications. The lecture is part of “Moving Bodies and Social Justice,” a virtual series of events created by dance faculty from the Five Colleges of Ohio, which includes Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Kenyan College, Denison University, and The College of Wooster. For more information and access to each free presentation, visit https://sites.google.com/oberlin.edu/moving-bodies-social-justice.

8 p.m. April 15 – Marc Pinsonneault, Ph.D., professor of astronomy at The Ohio State University, presents “Double Trouble: Interacting Binary Stars.” Pinsonneault is a theorist and leading expert in the structure and evolution of stars. His online discussion is part of the New Vistas lecture series offered by Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory. Tickets are $5 and may be reserved by calling (740) 363-1257. New Vistas series subscriptions, including archive access, also are available. Learn more at owu.edu/perkins.

8 p.m. April 20 – Ohio Wesleyan Chamber Orchestra concert, conducted by faculty member Antoine Clark. The free concert will be performed without an in-person audience. It will be streamed live and archived online at owu.edu/stream. Learn more at owu.edu/music.

7 p.m. April 22 – Billy Vickers presents “Building One of the Largest Black-Owned Businesses in the Nation.” Vickers, founder and CEO of Modular Assembly Innovations, discusses how his philosophy of servant leadership and seeking a diversity of perspectives has helped him build one of the largest black-owned companies in the country. Vickers’ presentation is part of the 2020-2021 Sagan National Colloquium*. To register for the free event and receive the presentation link, visit owu.edu/snc.

7 p.m. April 22 – Jaamil Olawale Kosoko presents “The Transgressive Body Workshop.” Kosoko, M.A., is a Nigerian-American poet, curator, and performance artist. In fall 2020, he was appointed as the Alma Hawkins Visiting Chair at the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. The lecture is part of “Moving Bodies and Social Justice,” a virtual series of events created by dance faculty from the Five Colleges of Ohio, which includes Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Kenyan College, Denison University, and The College of Wooster. For more information and access to each free presentation, visit https://sites.google.com/oberlin.edu/moving-bodies-social-justice.

7 p.m. April 23, 24, and 30, and May 1, and 2 p.m. May 2 – “Twelfth Night, 2020,” a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic that refocuses the circumstances and characters on contemporary issues. Adapted and directed by OWU instructor and 2005 graduate Bradford Sadler, the play focuses on LGBTQIA+ representation and the role of protest in expressing the voice of a community. The production will work to connect with and support local community organizations. All performances are expected to be held outdoors in the amphitheater located beside Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware, and will follow the latest public health guidelines. Admission will be free, but donations will be collected in support of Black Lives Matter and community organizations. For more information, visit owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

7 p.m. April 27 – “Art and Entrepreneurship: Turning Your Passion into a Business.” Josh Moulton, a professional artist and gallery owner, discusses his journey from artist to entrepreneur and the business skills creators need to cultivate to equip themselves to take command of their careers. Moulton’s presentation is part of the 2020-2021 Sagan National Colloquium*. To register for the free event and receive the presentation link, visit owu.edu/snc.

8 p.m. April 27 – Ohio Wesleyan Music Department student recital featuring Gavin Abrams, trombone; David Gale, violin; Katie Lester, horn; Grace E. Patrick, trombone; Abby Stepp, trumpet; and Hannah Watson, alto sax. The free performance will be released online at owu.edu/stream. Learn more at owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. April 29 – Ohio Wesleyan Chamber Choir, conducted by faculty member Jason Hiester, and performing Mozart’s “Missa brevis in F major.” The free performance will be pre-recorded and released online at owu.edu/stream. Learn more at owu.edu/music.

About the Sagan National Colloquium

Titled “The Intersection of the Liberal Arts and Business,” this year’s Sagan National Colloquium will explore how the liberal arts contributes to the best business ideas and how businesses can create positive social change. Established in 1984, the colloquium annually addresses in-depth an issue of national or global importance. Past speakers have included social activist Gloria Steinem, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Kurt Vonnegut, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, and former President Gerald Ford. Learn more at owu.edu/snc.

About Ohio Wesleyan University

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more undergraduate majors than many universities its size and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature program, The OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at owu.edu.