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Ohio Wesleyan University Announces August, September 2019 Events

August 16, 2019 – by Ohio Wesleyan University

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its August and September 2019 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free. For the latest OWU event information, visit or “like” For a list of Battling Bishop athletics events, visit

Aug. 21-Oct. 20 – “After/Before” featuring photographs by JoAnn Verburg, Ohio Wesleyan Class of 1972, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. A renowned photographer whose work has been shown at venues including New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Verburg focuses her camera on mundane objects for “After/Before.” Alternating between still life and snapshot, she considers items we consume, then discard and forget. Verburg organized her first OWU exhibit with Erin Fletcher, director of the Ross Art Museum, who will host a curator’s tour and exhibition reception at 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Verburg will visit campus Oct. 17 to take part in a discussion on “Careers in the Arts” with Peter MacGill, OWU Class of 1974, president of New York’s Pace/MacGill Gallery. Their free, public discussion – part of Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019-2020 Sagan National Colloquium* – will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct.17 at the Ross. The museum also will host a wine-and-cheese reception with Verburg from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 18, as part of Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019 Homecoming and Family Weekend. Admission is $10 at the door. Learn more about Verburg at During the academic year, the 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. It will be closed Oct. 9-13 for mid-semester break. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit for more information.

9 p.m. Aug. 23 and 8 p.m. Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27 – 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. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at

6 p.m. Aug. 26 – Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019-2020 Sagan National Colloquium* kicks off with a screening and discussion of the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures film “42,” in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The film stars Harrison Ford as 1904 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, and recounts their historic collaboration, which ended racial segregation in Major League Baseball and helped set the stage for the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Following the screening, Rickey’s grandson, Branch B. Rickey, a 1967 OWU graduate and president of Minor League Baseball’s Pacific Coast League, will discuss his grandfather’s legacy. Admission is free. Learn more at

8 p.m. August 30 – “Hi, Are You Single?” a one-man theatre performance and talkback by Ryan J. Haddad, OWU Class of 2015, a theatre and English double-major now living and working in New York. He will perform on the Main Stage in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. An actor, playwright, and autobiographical performer, Haddad’s television credits include “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” He also has a recurring role in the upcoming Netflix series “The Politician,” streaming Sept. 27. Haddad’s OWU performance, an exploration of the dating scene for a gay man with cerebral palsy, is for mature audiences only. The performance is co-sponsored by the OWU Department of Theatre & Dance and is part of OWU’s 2019-2020 Sagan National Colloquium*. Learn more about Haddad at Admission is free. Learn more at

Sept. 6-Oct. 19 – “Equus II,” featuring paintings and drawings by Ohio Wesleyan senior and fine arts major Sarah-Faith Strait, at Gallery 22, located at 22 E. Winter St., Delaware. Of her work, the Mount Gilead resident says: “I was introduced to the equestrian world as a young girl. … My desire is not to produce sentimental images of the horse, but to observe and study its complex and beautiful form in nontraditional situations and circumstances.” Strait’s exhibit is being held in conjunction with Delaware’s Sept. 8 All Horse Parade and Sept. 19 Little Brown Jug harness race. An artist’s reception will be held in conjunction with the Sept. 6 opening. Gallery 22 is open from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free. Learn more at

7 p.m. Sept. 18 – Ohio Wesleyan alumna Sahar Khan, Ph.D., Class of 2006, presents “America, Pakistan, and the War on Terrorism,” in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. An international studies, economics, and politics and government triple-major at Ohio Wesleyan, Khan currently is an adjunct scholar in Defense and Foreign Policy Department of the Washington, D.C.-based Cato Institute. Her presentation, co-sponsored by the OWU International Studies Program, is part of the 2019-2020 Sagan National Colloquium*. Admission is free. Learn more at

7 p.m. Sept. 20 – Ohio Wesleyan faculty recital featuring James Hildreth playing the university’s 4,644-pipe Rexford Keller Memorial Organ, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. “The music will showcase the copious colors and sonic splendor of the Klais organ,” says Hildreth, who also plays the organ for Columbus Symphony Orchestra and for Broad Street Presbyterian Church. The recital will include works by German composers in honor of the pipe organ, built in Bonn, Germany. It also will include music celebrating the moon and, to highlight OWU’s commitment to cultural diversity, music by composers representing traditions and styles from Russia, Nigeria, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, the United States, and Europe. Admission is free. Learn more at

8 p.m. Sept. 21 – “New Student 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. This event may contain adult themes and language. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Noon Sept. 23 – 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. Admission is free. Learn more at

7 p.m. Sept. 26 – Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Gregory Mack, Ph.D., Class of 2002, discusses “Science Policy, Arts, and Engagement,” in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. A physics and astronomy major at OWU, Mack is the senior program officer with the Board on Physics & Astronomy at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., where he manages the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Committee on Radio Frequencies, and is study co-director for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2020). Also a modern dancer and choreographer, Mack has been active in the integration of science and dance, including using dance to help illustrate science concepts, using science concepts as a seed for building a dance performed at the National Academy of Sciences, and helping the Columbus-based Hixon Dance troupe to create a performance involving dances inspired by quantum mechanics and galaxy collisions. Mack’s presentation is part of the 2019-2020 Sagan National Colloquium*. Admission is free. Learn more at

1 p.m. Sept. 28 – Bishop Backers Fall Community Day with free admission to the OWU vs. Allegheny Gators football game, at Selby Stadium, 45 S. Henry St., Delaware. The game also will be a Coach to Cure MD event with fans invited to support the battle against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy as well as an Honorary Coaches Game, with alumni who helped to establish OWU’s tradition of football excellence on the sidelines. Learn more at or

4:10 p.m. Sept. 30 – George Washington University professor Cynthia McClintock, Ph.D., will discuss “The Crisis of Democracy in Latin America,” in Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. McClintock is a professor of political science and international affairs, a former president of the Latin American Studies Association, and a former fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her latest book is “Electoral Rules and Democracy in Latin America.” McClintock’s presentation is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program. Admission is free. Learn more about the program at

7 p.m. Sept. 30 – Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Ezra F. Vogel, Ph.D., Class of 1950, presents “From Delaware to Deng Xiaoping,” in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. A sociology major at Ohio Wesleyan, Vogel is a retired Harvard University professor and author of the critically acclaimed “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China,” a 928-page biography examining the legacy of Xiaoping, a leader of the People’s Republic of China from 1978 to 1992. The book has been praised as a “masterful new history of China’s reform era.” Vogel also is a former director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and the Asia Center. From 1993 to 1995, he served as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council in Washington, D.C. His presentation is OWU’s 2019 Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture, sponsored by the Department of History, and part of the 2019-2020 Sagan National Colloquium*. Admission is free. Learn more at or

About the Sagan National Colloquium
Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019-2020 Sagan National Colloquium – “OWU: Our World Needs You” – will explore the many ways OWU alumni are working to change the world. Now in its 35th year, the colloquium previously has featured social activist Gloria Steinem, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Kurt Vonnegut, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, and former President Gerald Ford as speakers. Learn more at

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