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Student Art Exhibit, Event Series to Examine Racism, Tolerance and Diversity


February 2, 2005

 [ Student Art Exhibit ] Ohio Wesleyan University presents The Unreconciled: Lynching in 20th Century America, a month-long student art exhibition and series of events aimed at reflecting on our nation's past and providing a commitment to teaching everyone, both young and old, about the importance of tolerance and diversity.
 
The Unreconciled: Lynching in 20th Century America will feature paintings by OWU seniors Carolyn Pajestka and Kai Watson. The exhibit will open on Feb. 9, 2005 after a lecture by keynote speaker Dr. George Carlton Wright at 6 p.m. in the Benes Room of OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. President of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, Wright is a noted historian who has written extensively on racial violence and lynching. He will address both historical and contemporary aspects of lynching in America, as well as the broader implications of lynching on race relations today.
 
Immediately following Wright's talk, the exhibition opening and artists' reception will take place in Edgar Hall's Werner Student Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will remain on display through March 4, 2005.
 
 [ Student Art Exhibit ] In conjunction with the exhibition, two film screenings and a panel discussion will examine lynching and racism in both historical and contemporary contexts. The first film, Strange Fruit, will be shown on Feb. 17, 2005 at 7 p.m. in the Benes Room of OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. The documentary explores the anti-lynching song "Strange Fruit," a tune written by a Bronx schoolteacher, popularized by Billie Holiday and immortalized by the civil rights movement. The second film, Race: The Power of an Illusion, will be shown on March 2, 2005 at 7 p.m., also in the Benes room. Beginning with the basic question, "What is race?" the three-part documentary explores race in society, science and history.
 
The panel discussion, which will deal with historical and modern forms of racism as well as the individual's role and responsibility in implementing change, will be held on Feb. 23, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Room, featuring panelists Ron Anderson, educator and artist, Cathy Nelson, founder of the Friends of Freedom Society, Dr. Ike Newsum, associate professor of African and African American studies at The Ohio State University, and Dean Jacqueline Royster, interim executive dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University.
 
The Unreconciled: Lynching in 20th Century America is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan's fine arts and black world studies departments and campus ministries. All events are free and open to the public.