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Ohio Wesleyan University to Examine Issue of Poverty

September 19, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will examine the issue of poverty from Sept. 22-27 with several special events designed to elevate the topic on the social and political agenda. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

The programs are sponsored by the university’s student Vote Out Poverty team. Scheduled events include:

  • 12:10-1 p.m. Sept. 22 – Poverty panel discussion featuring Mary Howard, Ph.D., chair of Ohio Wesleyan’s sociology/anthropology department; Bob Gitter, Ph.D., professor of economics; Paula White, Ph.D., associate professor of education; and Chaplain Jon Powers. This brown bag lunch event will be held in Benes Rooms A and B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 – “Swept Out,” a documentary by Professor Mary Howard about homelessness in Columbus. The film will be shown in the Bayley Room on the second floor of Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave.
  • 12:10-12:40 p.m. Sept. 24 – Communion service focused on poverty. The service will be held in Peale Chapel in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 – “Bridges Out of Poverty” lecture by Phil DeVol of Marengo, Ohio. DeVol has been consulting on poverty issues since 1997 and is co-author of “Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities.” He will speak in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • 9 p.m. Sept. 26 – Debate Watch Party for the first presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama. The event will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • 8 a.m. to5 p.m. Sept. 27 – Liberation Conference at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike (Route 23). The conference is designed to bring awareness to the realities of human trafficking and the tools and groups available to end it. Cost is $25 per person and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit the conference’s Web site.

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 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.