We are active and engaged with the world. We have thoughtful opinions, big ideas, and we share them in a rich campus conversation.

Read essays and blog posts by OWU faculty and leaders.

Rockin’ the Free World

By Sean Kay, Professor of Politics & Government

“My work as a political scientist often explores ideas around international relations, and as a result, a look at American values of freedom, equality, human rights, and peace. Rock ’n’ roll is a part of that equation, in that as an art form and an ethic, it reinforces ideas we have about who we are as Americans and our collective experience.”

Rockin’ the Free World

Women These Days

By Amy Butcher, Assistant Professor of English

“An Ohio woman was shot dead while cooking Thanksgiving dinner; witnesses report that at the time of the shooting, she was standing at a kitchen table, preparing macaroni and cheese.”

Women These Days

The OWU Book of the Dead

By Ellen Arnold, Associate Professor of History

It is the week before midterm break, and everyone on campus is running on empty. The students are stressed, I am stressed, and everyone has a sense of dread and doom. It is also the week that we are covering the Egyptian Book of the Dead in my ancient history course.

The OWU Book of the Dead

Global Climate Solutions Require Global Cooperation

By Laurie Anderson, Professor of Botany-Microbiology and Nathan Rowley, Assistant Professor of Geology-Geography

Our world has shrunk so much in this age of global markets and global climate change that it’s time to update John Donne: No nation is an island unto itself.

Global Climate Solutions Require Global Cooperation

What Left the Earth

By Robert Olmstead, Professor of English and Director of OWU's Creative Writing Program

The year is 1873. Elizabeth Coughlin, a woman of energy, grace, and self-possession, has been undone by the death of her husband. She lost him in a violent accident and learned the secret that’s been haunting him for months.

What Left the Earth

In Celebration of Earth Day

By Tom Burns, Part-Time Professor of English and Director of Perkins Observatory

Today we celebrate Earth Day. This year’s celebration is decidedly different because scientists around the world have turned the day into a decidedly political event—a protest against the illogic of our times and a celebration of the rationality that science honors above all else.

In Celebration of Earth Day

Tough questions for tough-on-crime policies

By Shari Stone-Mediatore, Professor of Philosophy

Protecting the safety of our communities is a genuine concern for many Americans. But what if the policies implemented in the name of public safety were doing the opposite?

Tough questions for tough-on-crime policies

Should we care about the humanities?

By Lee Fratantuono, Professor of Classics

Why should anyone care if the president and congress succeed in cutting or gutting funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)?

Should we care about the humanities?

Is hip hop poetry?

By David Caplan, Professor of English

The question is often asked, “Is hip hop poetry?”  Answers generally follow a certain pattern.

Is hip hop poetry?

Why is my dog so cute?

By Shala Hankison, Associate Professor of Zoology

Those floppy ears and that curly tail - and even the barking - may be more a product of evolutionary accident than purposeful breeding.

Read "Why is my dog so cute?"

Whose lives matter?

By Michael Flamm, Professor of History

What impact will Donald Trump’s presidency have on racial unrest and police-community relations in minority neighborhoods - and what can we learn from the summer of 1964?

Read "Whose Lives Matter?"

I³ 3-Minute Lectures

Watch OWU professors deliver mini-lectures with ideas, insight, and imagination. It's one of OWU's most popular events of the year!