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Ohio Wesleyan University Announces 2009-10 Lecture and Program Lineup

July 7, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – The following major lectures and programs have been scheduled at Ohio Wesleyan University. Additional events will be announced as information becomes available.

Sagan National Colloquium

Each year, Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium features guest speakers and programs that address an issue of national and international importance. The topic of the 2009-2010 Colloquium is “Renewing America for a Global Century: From Theory to Practice at Ohio Wesleyan University.” All lectures listed here are free and open to the public.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 – Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” discusses “Renewing America for a Global Century.” Her presentation, co-sponsored by the Department of English, also represents the 2009-2010 Katherine Kearney Carpenter Lecture. The program will be held in Gray Chapel in University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 – Robert Pape, political science professor at the University of Chicago, discusses “America’s Relative Decline and Its Consequences.” His presentation, co-sponsored by the International Studies Program, will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – Nathaniel Fick, chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security and author of “One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer,” discusses “The Afghanistan Inheritance.” His presentation, co-sponsored by the International Studies Program, will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

4 p.m. Oct. 2 – Susan Eisenhower, president of The Eisenhower Group, discusses “America’s Energy Infrastructure: Renewing for Global Competitiveness.” Her presentation will be held in Gray Chapel in University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 – Kori Schake, senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and associate professor of International Security Studies at the United States Military Academy, discusses “Managing American Hegemony: American Power in a Time of Dominance.” Her presentation, co-sponsored by the International Studies Program, is part of the Corinne Lyman Lecture Series. The program will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 – Richard Longworth, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a distinguished visiting scholar at DePaul University, discusses “The American Midwest in the Age of Globalization.” His presentation, co-sponsored by the departments of Economics and Journalism, will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 – Andrew Revkin, environmental reporter for The New York Times, discusses “The Energy Quest.” His presentation, co-sponsored by the Department of Journalism and the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs, will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 – Joshua Spero, associate professor of political science at Fitchburg State College, discusses “National and International Leadership through Service.” His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Ohio Wesleyan graduates Marija Ignjatovic, 2003, and Lydia Spitalny, 2008. The event will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 – Andrei Codrescu, the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University, discusses “What is an Immigrant, What Makes an American?” His presentation, co‐sponsored by the International Studies Program and the Department of Politics and Government also is the 2009‐2010 John Kennard Eddy Lecture on World Politics. The program will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 – Bonnie Honig, the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and research professor at the American Bar Foundation, discusses “Walt Whitman and the (Im)possibility of Renewal.” Her presentation, co-sponsored by the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory

All lectures and events are held at Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. For more information, visit www.perkins-observatory.org.

New Vistas in Astronomy

Advance tickets are required for these lectures, which are intended for adults and are presented by professors from Ohio Wesleyan University and The Ohio State University. Tickets are $6, and are available by calling (740) 363-1257.

8 p.m. July 16 – “Results from the Spitzer Space Telescope,” by Kris Sellgren, The Ohio State University.

8 p.m. Aug. 20 – “Eclipses,” by Robert Harmon, chair of the OWU Department of Physics and Astronomy.

8 p.m. Sept. 17 – “Looking Inside Stars: Helioseismology and Asteroseismology,” by Marc Pinsonneault, The Ohio State University.

8 p.m. Oct. 15 – “Gamma Ray Bursts: The Biggest Explosions Since the Big Bang,” by Kris Stanek, The Ohio State University.

8 p.m. Nov. 19 – “This is the Way the World Ends: The Long-Term Fate of Life in the Universe,” by B. Scott Gaudi, The Ohio State University.

8 p.m. Dec. 10 – “How the Telescope Changed Astronomy,” by Barbara Ryden, The Ohio State University.

Regular Programs at Perkins Observatory

Evening programs at OWU’s Perkins Observatory are held on Fridays. Content varies based on sky conditions, but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and star gazing with the observatory’s 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Through October, programs begin at 9 p.m. In November and December, programs begin at 8 p.m. Advance tickets for 2009 programs are $6 for adults, and $4 for children and senior citizens. Call (740) 363-1257 for reservations. The observatory will be closed Dec. 25.

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.