Ohio Wesleyan Announces August, September 2018 Public Events

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its August and September lineup of public events. For the latest OWU event information, visit www.owu.edu/calendar or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews. For a schedule of Battling Bishops athletics competitions, visit www.battlingbishops.com.

Now through Sept. 25 – “We Hold These Truths: Artistic Voices of Youth,” an exhibition of quilts by the California-based Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) that seek to inform, educate, and inspire truth-telling, in Gallery 2001 inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The young artists represent the “resilience, brilliance, and existence of promising individuals who are most at-risk.” Presented as part of the 2018-2019 Sagan National Colloquium*, the exhibit will include a free presentation by Sara Trail, SJSA’s founder and executive director, at 1 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Bayley Room, on the library’s second floor. Her presentation will be followed by a hands-on workshop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required for the workshop, with attendance limited to 25 participants. The workshop is $10 for adults, free for students. Call (740) 368-3606 to register. Gallery 2001’s hours coincide with Beeghly Library hours, available online at www.owu.edu/library. Learn more about the Social Justice Sewing Academy at www.sjsacademy.com and more about OWU’s Sagan National Colloquium at www.owu.edu/snc.

Now through Nov. 15 – “Blue Light,” featuring photographs of landmarks, landscapes, and locations that reflect the world travels of professional photographer and Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Stephen Donaldson, in the Mowry Alumni Gallery inside Mowry Alumni Center, 16 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Donaldson, Class of 1983, is the author of three published books of photography: “The Berkshires,” “Barns of the Berkshires,” and “Along Route 7: A Journey Through Western New England.” Learn more at www.sgdphoto.com. Mowry Alumni Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday when OWU’s administrative offices are open. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/ross.

9 p.m. Aug. 17, 24, 31 and 8 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28 – Friday evening programs at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Content varies based on sky conditions but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and stargazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at www.owu.edu/perkins.

Aug. 22-Oct. 7 – “What We Make,” an exhibit drawing upon “socially and politically engaged art practices to consider how we build communities that are capable of working together across difference,” at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. In addition to traditional media, the exhibit will incorporate sound and video, and selections from the Interference Archive. “What We Make” is being exhibited as part of the 2018-2019 Sagan National Colloquium*, and audiences are invited to sign up for related public workshops at www.owu.edu/snc. The exhibit’s artist list includes Doug Ashford, Robby Herbst, Tomashi Jackson, Christine Sun-Kim, Anna Teresa Fernandez, and 2013 OWU alumnus Andrew Wilson. Curated by Erin Fletcher, museum director, and Ashley Biser, Ph.D., associate professor of politics and government, the exhibition will feature a curator-led tour at 4 p.m. Aug.23 followed by a public reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. 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 is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 – The Sagan National Colloquium* presents a choral performance by and panel discussion with The Harmony Project, a Columbus, Ohio-based organization that connects people across social divides through experiential arts, education, and volunteer community service. The event will be held in Benes Rooms A and B of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The roundtable discussion will feature David Brown, Harmony Project’s founder and creative director. Admission is free. Learn more about the chorus at www.harmonyproject.com and more about the colloquium at www.owu.edu/snc.

7 p.m. Sept. 6 – The Sagan National Colloquium* presents Sharif Bey, Ph.D., a ceramicist and associate professor of art at Syracuse University, who will discuss his work as an artist, educator, and art-teacher mentor. He will speak in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Bey’s ceramic/mixed-media artworks examine traditional and contemporary notions of function, ritual, and identity, and his current research explores the identity and political agency of African-American artists. Admission is free. Learn more about Bey at www.sharifbeyceramics.com and more about the colloquium at www.owu.edu.snc.

1 p.m. Sept. 8 – The Sagan National Colloquium* presents Sara Trail, founder and executive director of the California-based Social Justice Sewing Academy, which empowers young people to use sewing and quilting to express themselves and create opportunities for growth and change. She will speak in the Bayley Room on the second floor of Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware, where an SJSA quilt exhibition is on exhibit now through Sept. 21. Trail’s presentation will be followed by a hands-on workshop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bayley Room. Pre-registration is required for the workshop and is limited to 25 people. Cost for the workshop is $10 for adults, free for students. To register, call (740) 368-3606, email ramuseum@owu.edu, or visit www.owu.edu/snc. Learn more about SJSA at www.sjsacademy.com.

4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Sept. 11 – The Sagan National Colloquium* presents Laurie Jo Reynolds, M.F.A., of the University of Illinois at Chicago, discussing “We Shouldn’t Have Criminal Justice Policies We Are Afraid to Talk About.” At 4:15 p.m., Reynolds will present a public lecture; at 5:15 p.m., she will participate in an RSVP-required talk-back and dinner. Both events will be held in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. An assistant professor of social justice in UIC’s School of Art and Art History, Reynolds uses artistic and cultural approaches to consider unintended consequences of public registration and notification laws, and related restrictions, and how they represent a missed opportunity for both prevention and justice. To RSVP for the free dinner and talk-back, presented in collaboration with the Ohio Wesleyan Department of Philosophy, email professor Shari Stone-Mediatore, Ph.D., at ssstonem@owu.edu. Learn more about Reynolds at http://artandarthistory.uic.edu/profile/laurie-jo-reynolds and more about the colloquium at www.owu.edu/snc.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 – OWU’s Hispanic Film Festival kicks off this fall with a screening and discussion of “The Liberator,” in Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The most expensive Latin American film ever produced, “The Liberator” is a riveting portrayal of Simón Bolívar, who led Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Peru, and Ecuador toward independence. Portrayed by Edgar Ramírez, Bolívar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire. (Rated R, Spanish with English subtitles.) The festival is co-sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Film Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Global Studies Institute, and VIVA Latinx student organization. Admission is free. For more information, contact faculty member Eva Paris at eeparish@owu.edu.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 – OWU’s Hispanic Film Festival presents a screening and discussion of “Spider Thieves,” in Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Three teenage girls from a Santiago shanty town set in motion a plan to climb buildings and plunder expensive apartments. All they want is to have the cool and trendy stuff they see advertised in TV commercials and department stores. Word spreads and soon enough they became the notorious “spider thieves.” (Spanish with English subtitles.) The festival is co-sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Film Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Global Studies Institute, and VIVA Latinx student organization. Admission is free. For more information, contact faculty member Eva Paris at eeparish@owu.edu.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 – Michael Les Benedict, Ph.D., an expert on U.S. Legal and Constitutional History and the Civil War and Reconstruction, delivers the 2018 Richard W. Smith Lecture in Civil War History: “The Transformative 14th Amendment: The Constitutional Amendment that Reshaped America.” Benedict will speak in Benes Rooms A and B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. A retired professor from The Ohio State University, Benedict has published numerous books on legal developments during and following the Civil War, including “The Blessings of Liberty: A Concise History of the Constitution of the United States” and “Sources in American Constitutional History.” The annual Smith Lecture is sponsored by the Ohio Wesleyan Department of History. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/history.

1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 21 – The Sagan National Colloquium* presents Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) Collective of Philadelphia, hosting two workshops on “Alternative Temporalities and Quantum Event Mapping.” The workshops will be held at the Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. BQF Collective is a collaboration between musician and poet Camae Ayewa and public interest attorney, author, and Afrofuturist Rasheedah Phillips. Learn more at www.blackquantumfuturism.com. The workshops will explore linear time constructs in contrast to indigenous African and Afro-diasporic traditions of space, time, and the future. Capacity is limited to 15 people per 90-minute session, with the 1 p.m. session reserved for the Ohio Wesleyan campus community. The events are free. To register, call (740) 368-3606, email ramuseum@owu.edu, or visit www.owu.edu/snc.

8 p.m. Sept. 22 – “New Scenes” featuring promising Ohio Wesleyan newcomers in scenes staged by the directing class, on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. May contain adult themes and language. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

Noon Sept. 24 – The Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium, featuring poster presentations by students who participated in Ohio Wesleyan’s 10-week Summer Science Research Program. The students will be on hand to discuss their original research. The event will be held in the atrium of Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, 90 S. Henry St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/ssrp.

4:15 p.m. Sept. 26 and 7 p.m. Sept. 27 – The Sagan National Colloquium* presents Robby Herbst, an interdisciplinary artist and critical writer, discussing how politics, language, and ideology are manifested in bodies as expression, movement, history, and action. On Sept. 26, he will speak at the Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, where his work will be on display from Aug. 22 through Oct. 7 as part of the larger “What We Make” exhibit. On Sept. 27, he will host an “I+We” workshop, an experimental and participatory (political) movement exploration that borrows techniques from dance, social sculpture, and New Games to explore collective identity, play, and movement. Capacity is limited to 20 people for the workshop, which will be held at the Ross. Both events are free. To register, call (740) 368-3606, email ramuseum@owu.edu, or visit www.owu.edu/snc. Learn more about the Los Angeles-based artist at http://cargocollective.com/robbyherbst.

*ABOUT THE SAGAN NATIONAL COLLOQUIUM

Founded in 1984, Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium seeks annually to address in-depth an issue of national or global importance. For 2018-2019, the colloquium will explore “Art and Engagement” under the direction of Erin Fletcher, director of OWU’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum. Featuring lectures, art exhibits, performances, and more, the colloquium will examine the potential of art to help the world to build greater connections, understanding, and frameworks in response to social division and challenges. Learn more at www.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 than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.