Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan University Announces August, September 2016 Public Events

August 15, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its August 2016 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free. For the latest OWU event information, visit www.owu.edu/calendar or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews. For a schedule of Battling Bishop athletics, visit www.battlingbishops.com.

Now through Sept. 21 – “Crystal Synergy: The Confluence of Science and Human Imagination,” featuring abstract art created by 1966 Ohio Wesleyan graduate Thomas “T.H.” Saunders. For his colorful creations, Saunders grew and photographed microscopic crystal structures made from wine, coffee, aspirin, and other materials. The exhibit is showcased in two OWU venues: Alumni Gallery, located inside Mowry Alumni Center, 16 Rowland Ave., Delaware, and the nearby Gallery 2001, located inside Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Both venues are satellite galleries of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. Gallery 2001 hours vary daily and are available online at www.owu.edu/library. Alumni Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free to both galleries. Learn more at www.owu.edu/ross.

Aug. 18-Oct. 11 – “A Show of Horses,” featuring paintings by Nancy B. Frank, Ohio Wesleyan Class of 1971; sculpture by Lebanon, Ohio, artist Lynda Sappington; and artifacts from the Goshen, New York-based Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Frank, a resident of Telluride, Colorado, has spent time at Delaware’s Little Brown Jug harness race and created large-scale portraits of horses participating in the annual event. Learn more at www.nancybfrank.com. Sappington creates bronze sculptures of horses at her Whimsy Hill Studio. Learn more at www.thesculptedhorse.com. The Harness Racing Museum houses more than 40,000 harness racing artifacts as well as the world’s largest collection of Currier & Ives trotting prints. Learn more at www.harnessmuseum.com. On Sept. 15, Frank will give a gallery talk at 5 p.m., followed by a reception – complete with live music and a live race horse – at 6 p.m., at the museum. During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum 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.

9 p.m. Aug. 19 and 26, and 8 p.m. Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 – 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 star gazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for children and senior citizens. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at www.owu.edu/perkins.

8 p.m. Sept 3 – Guest performers Tim Browning and Mandy Fox present one performance of “A Picasso,” in the Studio Theatre of OWU’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. It’s 1941 in German-occupied Paris, and renowned artist Pablo Picasso finds himself being interrogated by a young woman who is every bit his match. The play, written by Ohio native Jeffrey Hatcher, is described as “a potentially deadly game of cat-and-mouse.” Admission is $5, but free for anyone with a valid OWU ID. Seating is limited, and reservations are required by calling the Department of Theatre & Dance at (740) 368-3855 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Learn more at www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

7 p.m. Sept. 8 – The Sagan National Colloquium presents a screening of “The Human Face of Big Data,” a documentary written and directed by Sandy Smolan. The film examines “the promise and peril of the extraordinary knowledge revolution.” The screening will be held in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Each year, OWU’s colloquium takes an in-depth look at an issue of global importance. The 2016-2017 lecture series focuses on the growing importance of “Data in our Lives.” Learn more about the colloquium at www.owu.edu/snc.

7 p.m. Sept. 12 – Bertis Downs, manager and lawyer for the rock band R.E.M. and an outspoken advocate for public education, presents “New Adventures in Storytelling: Music, Business, Schools, Life.” Downs, also an adjunct professor of entertainment law and music law at the University of Georgia, will speak in Benes Rooms A and B of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. His presentation is sponsored by the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs. Learn more about Downs at www.bertisdowns.com and more about the Arneson Institute at www.owu.edu/politics.

Noon Sept. 13 – Ten Ohio Wesleyan professors tackle the challenge of teaching outside the box and inside the clocks, presenting three-minute, I-Cubed lectures filled with ideas, insight, and imagination. Last spring’s inaugural I³ event drew a standing-room-only crowd, so be sure to arrive early to secure your seat. This event will be held in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. It also will be streamed live at www.owu.edu/stream. Learn more about the event and watch last year’s premiere presentations at www.owu.edu/i-cubed.

7 p.m. Sept. 14 – The Sagan National Colloquium presents William Ray, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and a faculty researcher at the Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine within the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Ray’s laboratory addresses problems related to human-data interface and data visualization. In particular, he focuses on understanding the disconnect between complex biological systems and currently applied data analysis techniques as well as on developing techniques that are more appropriate to the data and the needs of biomedical researchers. Ray will speak in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Each year, OWU’s colloquium takes an in-depth look at an issue of global importance. The 2016-2017 lecture series focuses on the growing importance of “Data in our Lives.” Learn more about the colloquium at www.owu.edu/snc.

5 p.m. Sept. 15 – Artist and Ohio Wesleyan alumna Nancy B. Frank, OWU Class of 1971, will give a gallery talk discussing her horse-themed artwork, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Frank is one of the exhibitors in the “A Show of Horses” exhibit on display at the museum from Aug. 18 through Oct. 11. She has spent time at Delaware’s Little Brown Jug harness race and created large-scale portraits of horses participating in the event. At 6 p.m., a reception will follow Frank’s talk, featuring live music and a live race horse (Allamerican Legacy owned by Debbie and Paul Schiff). During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum 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.

Sept. 17 – Bishop Backers Fall Community Day featuring free admission to all OWU athletics events, including:

  • Noon – OWU volleyball vs. Muskingum, in Branch Rickey Arena, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.
  • 4 p.m. – OWU volleyball vs. Adrian, in Branch Rickey Arena, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.
  • 7 p.m. – OWU football vs. Wittenberg, in Selby Stadium, 45 S. Henry St., Delaware.
  • 7 p.m. – OWU men’s soccer vs. Hanover, at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, Park Ave., Delaware.

For complete fall schedules for all Battling Bishops varsity athletics teams visit www.battlingbishops.com.

4 p.m. Sept. 18 – Earthdance Ohio, part of the global Earthdance peace party, will be held in the Benes Rooms inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The event promotes peace, justice, and sustainability through music and dance. OWU student dancers, Bellydance Columbus, Israeli folk dancers, and more will return. New this year: food trucks will be onsite. A suggested donation of $5 per person will be shared with Sustainable Delaware Ohio, a nonprofit group of citizens focused on promoting environmental, social, and economic sustainability for the Delaware community through awareness, advocacy, and action. Learn more at www.EarthdanceOhio.org.

4:10 p.m. Sept. 21 – Boston Globe contributor Michael Cohen presents “How We Got Trump and Clinton: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division.” Cohen also is the author of “Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America.” He will speak in Room 301 of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. His presentation is sponsored by the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs. Learn more about Cohen at www.bostonglobe.com/contributors/mcohen and more about the Arneson Institute at www.owu.edu/politics.

7 p.m. Sept. 21 – Earthdance Ohio Prayer for Peace, featuring Aikido master Paul Linden, Ph.D., presenting Body-Based Conflict Resolution Peacemaking, in Peale Chapel inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Linden, founder of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies, will begin his presentation with a 15-minute aikido demonstration, followed by 45 minutes of audience participatory learning of somatic peacemaking methods. At 8 p.m., participants will join other Earthdance events around the world for the synchronized Prayer for Peace. Learn more at about Linden at www.being-in-movement.com and more about the Earthdance Ohio event at www.EarthdanceOhio.org.

7 p.m. Sept. 22 – The Sagan National Colloquium presents Stuart Aitken, M.S., CEO of 84.51, a Cincinnati-based marketing firm that uses data analytics to increase customer loyalty by personalizing the customer experience. Aitken will speak in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Each year, OWU’s colloquium takes an in-depth look at an issue of global importance. The 2016-2017 lecture series focuses on the growing importance of “Data in our Lives.” Learn more about the colloquium at www.owu.edu/snc.

7 p.m. Sept. 23 – The Morfeo Teatro theater company presents “El Coloquio de los Perros,” in Jemison Auditorium inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. The play is based on the 1613 novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes, which revolves around a conversation between two dogs discussing their adventures and misfortunes. The play, adapted and directed by Francisco Negro of Morfeo Teatro, takes place in the 17th century and was aesthetically inspired by paintings created by El Greco and Diego Velázquez. In the play, Cervantes’ characters are transformed into men – a ragged gentleman and a beggar whose life is worse than a stray dog’s. For more information or to see a trailer of the performance, visit morfeoteatro.com. Admission is free. Please note the performance will be in Spanish and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is hosted by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages and by VIVA Latinx, OWU's Latin-American culture group. It is made possible by a Mellon Foundation Language Grant awarded to Ohio Wesleyan’s Glenda Y. Nieto-Cuebas, Ph.D., and Denison University’s Francisco López-Martín, Ph.D. For more information, contact Nieto-Cuebas at gynietoc@owu.edu.

8 p.m. Sept. 24 – “New Student Scenes” featuring promising Ohio Wesleyan newcomers in scenes staged by this year’s directing class, on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The performance may contain adult themes and language. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

Noon Sept. 26 – Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium, featuring poster presentations from students who participated in Ohio Wesleyan’s 10-week Summer Science Research Program. The event will be held at Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, 90 S. Henry St., Delaware. Learn more at www.owu.edu/ssrp.

4:10 p.m. Sept. 26 – Dan O’Brien, chief economist for the Institute of International and European Affairs, one of Ireland’s leading think tanks, presents “BREXIT and Its Global Challenges.” He will speak in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. His presentation is sponsored by the International Studies Program. Learn more about O’Brien at www.iiea.com/staff/dan-obrien and more about the International Studies Program at www.owu.edu/politics.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 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,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.