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Ohio Wesleyan’s Annual Vogel Lecture to be Held April 14
Barbara Terzian, Ph.D., to Speak About Rights of African Americans in 19th Century Ohio

March 30, 2009

DELAWARE, OHIO – “Shades of Color: African Americans’ Rights in 19th Century Ohio” is the topic of Ohio Wesleyan University’s 25th annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture to be presented by Barbara Terzian, J.D., Ph.D., department chair and associate professor of history at OWU.

The recent presidential campaign and election of Barack Obama placed issues about race and racial identity at the forefront of national political dialogue. Terzian will examine these issues in the context of 19th century Ohio including legal discrimination, contested views about the social and legal construction of race, and the efforts of African Americans to achieve legal equality.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in Benes Rooms A and B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

The Vogel lecture was endowed by Ezra F. Vogel, a distinguished Ohio Wesleyan alumnus, native of Delaware, and professor emeritus of East Asian Studies at Harvard University. He endowed the lecture in the name of his parents “to promote among Ohio Wesleyan faculty, staff, and students, a better understanding of Delaware and the surrounding area.”

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.