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Ohio Wesleyan University Announces February Events

January 10, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its February lineup of special events. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Black History Month – Ohio Wesleyan will host several lectures and discussions as part of the university’s Black History Month observance. Events will include:

  • Noon Feb. 4 – In the first of four Unity Dialogue discussions, speaker and educator Gloria Long-Groves will present “Why Slavery Worked Then and Now.” The brown bag lunch will take place in Benes Room A of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • Noon Feb. 13 – Speaker and educator Gloria Long-Groves will present “The Noose and Other Images that Hurt.” The brown bag lunch will take place in Benes Room A of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • Noon Feb. 20 – Speaker and educator Gloria Long-Groves will present “How far Have We Come and How Far Do We Have to Go?” The brown bag lunch will take place in Benes Room A of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • Noon Feb. 25 – To conclude the Unity Dialogue discussions, speaker and educator Gloria Long-Groves will present “The New Agenda.” The brown bag lunch will take place in Benes Room A of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • 7 p.m. Feb. 26 – Ohio Wesleyan faculty, staff, and students will discuss “Still Unequal – The Disparities of Law and the Media.” The dialogue will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 – “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story by mZuri,” featuring actress, poet, and educator mZuri telling the story of civil rights activist and community leader Fannie Lou Hamer. The presentation will be held in Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St.
  • 7 p.m. Feb. 29 – Rafiki Wa Afrika’s Cultural Fest. This event, featuring dance, food, and costumes celebrating the African, African American, and Caribbean cultures, will help to raise funds for the university’s Ghana Cultural Immersion Mission Team. The event will be located in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave.
  • 7:30 p.m. March 4 – “It’s Not Over Yet,” featuring internationally known author, historian, and scholar Na’im Akbar, Ph.D., of Florida State University. Touted by Essence Magazine as “one of the world’s pre-eminent psychologists and a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach in modern psychology, he will speak in Benes Room A of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

Additional February events include:

Through Feb. 3 – “Celebrating Creativity,” a multimedia exhibition by members of the Ohio Wesleyan fine arts faculty, at Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St. 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 to 5 p.m. (The museum will be closed until Jan. 15 for mid-year break.)

8 p.m. Feb. 1-2, 8, 15-16, 22-23, 29 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike, will hold its February evening programs on the dates listed. Program content varies, depending on sky conditions, but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and star gazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Call (740) 363-1257 for reservations.

Feb. 1-2 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Democratic Mock Presidential Convention, in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St. Held nearly every presidential election year since 1884, the event is considered the longest, continually run mock convention in the nation. For more details, visit mock2008.owu.edu.

3:15 p.m. Feb. 3 – Faculty recital featuring Daryl Yoder, baritone. The recital will take place in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 – In honor of Ohio Wesleyan University’s 24th annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture and the city of Delaware’s bicentennial year, local resident Ed Lentz will present “Delaware: A Bicentennial Remembrance.” The event will take place in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

8 p.m. Feb. 8-9 and 15-16; 2 p.m. Feb. 17 – Diana Son’s “Stop Kiss,” in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave. General admission is $7, with discounts for students, senior citizens, and groups of 10 or more. Call (740) 368-3855 for reservations.

Feb. 14 to April 6 – “The Space of Freedom: Apartment Exhibitions in Leningrad, 1964-1986,” at Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St. This three-dimensional recreation of a Soviet-era apartment features “non-conformist” artworks that the Communist Party attempted to eliminate between 1956 and 1979.

Feb. 14 to April 6 – “Distinguished Alumni Exhibition,” an exhibition of drawings, photographs, and digital images by 1986 Ohio Wesleyan graduate Christopher Davis, at Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St.

Feb. 14 to April 6 – “Enameled Metals,” an exhibition of metal-enameled jewelry by Kathleen Browne, at Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St.

8 p.m. Feb. 15-17 – “OWU NOW – The Music of Our Time” will be performed in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 – Gen. John Abizaid, former four-star general who oversaw U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, will present “Strategic Challenges in the Middle East.” The event will take place in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 – 2008 Economic Outlook Conference, in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Panelists are Dale W. Larson, Ph.D., principal consultant of Larson Global Consulting, Inc.; Bill LaFayette, Ph.D., vice president of economic analysis for the Columbus Chamber; and Owen F. Humpage, senior economic adviser for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.