Ohio Wesleyan is announcing its January 2022 calendar of public events, including two days of virtual events to celebrate and commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo by Allie Sanzenbacher)

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Ohio Wesleyan University Announces January 2022 List of Public Events

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its January 2022 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.

All guests to the university must wear facial coverings when indoors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, and follow other public health recommendations from the Delaware Public Health District and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, visit owu.edu/COVID-19.

Now through March 20, with Jan. 16 opening reception – “Into the Light” by Ron Anderson and “Deaf Republic” by James Stewart, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Columbus-based Anderson’s figurative paintings bring African American stories of music, sport, and dance into the spotlight. He will be at the Ross for an opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 16 (or Jan. 23 in case of inclement weather.) Stewart’s paintings and ceramics interpret Ilya Kaminsky’s award-winning book of poetry “Deaf Republic,” in which a young deaf boy inspires a town’s resistance to military occupation. During the academic year, the Ross 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 will be closed March 5-13 for spring break. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

Jan. 11 through May 9 – “The Natural World,” featuring images by award-winning photographer Max Seigal, Ohio Wesleyan Class of 2009, in Gallery 2001 inside Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Seigal utilizes his OWU degrees in biology and environmental science to help him capture breathtaking views of nature. Gallery 2001, located on the library’s first floor, is open during library hours. For times, visit library.owu.edu/hours. The gallery is a gift from the Class of 2001 and a satellite of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. Admission is free. Learn more at owu.edu/ross.

Jan. 16 and 17 – 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration (All events will be held virtually only.)

  • 4 p.m. Jan. 16 – Panel discussion of the film “FUNDI: The Story of Ella Baker,” focusing on the erasure of Black women in the Civil Rights Movement. According to the filmmakers, “By looking at the 1960s from the perspective of Baker, the ‘godmother of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee,’ FUNDI adds an essential understanding of the U.S. civil rights movement.” The documentary will not be screened as part of this free event. Reservations are required via owu.edu/MLK to attend the Zoom panel discussion.
  • 11 a.m. Jan. 17 – The 29th Annual MLK Celebration honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and exploring the theme “Why We Can’t Wait” in the journey toward justice. The program will debut on OWU's Facebook page at 11 a.m. and be posted there and on YouTube afterward. The event will include TED Talk-style presentations featuring Dr. Nicole Jackson of Bowling Green State University, Tamika Vinson-Reid of the Delaware African American Heritage Council, and Dr. Charles Montgomery, teaching pastor at Vineyard Columbus. Contributions to support the Delaware County MLK Scholarship Program for Delaware City and County high schoolers may be made payable to the MLK Celebration Committee and mailed to the Ohio Wesleyan Chaplain’s Office / MLK Celebration, 40 Rowland Ave, Delaware, OH 43015. Contributions also may be made online via Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/309s4Km. For more information, visit owu.edu/MLK.

8 p.m. Jan. 20 – New Vistas in Astronomy lecture featuring Scott Gaudi, Ph.D., professor of astronomy at The Ohio State University, discussing “The Next Decade of Astronomy in the U.S.” Gaudi is considered a leader in the discovery and statistical characterization of extrasolar planets using methods including transits and gravitational microlensing. He will speak at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the event and at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at owu.edu/perkins.

8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28 – Friday night skywatches, at Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Content varies based on weather conditions, but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and stargazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the event and at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at owu.edu/perkins.

All Ohio Wesleyan public event information is subject to change. For the latest updates, visit owu.edu/calendar or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews. For more Battling Bishop athletics events, visit battlingbishops.com.

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 than 70 undergraduate majors 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. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at owu.edu/experts or learn more at owu.edu.