Ohio Wesleyan University has announced its August 2016 lineup of public events.
Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.
• Now through Sept. 21 – “Crystal Synergy: The Confluence of Science and Human Imagination,” featuring abstract art created by 1966 Ohio Wesleyan graduate Thomas “T.H.” Saunders. The exhibit is showcased in two OWU venues: Alumni Gallery, inside Mowry Alumni Center, 16 Rowland Ave., and Gallery 2001, inside Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave.
• Aug. 18-Oct. 11 – “A Show of Horses,” featuring paintings by Nancy B. Frank, Ohio Wesleyan class of 1971; sculpture by Lebanon, Ohio, artist Lynda Sappington; and artifacts from the Goshen, New York-based Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, at OWU’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St. Frank, a resident of Telluride, Colorado, has spent time at Delaware’s Little Brown Jug harness race and created large-scale portraits of horses participating in the annual event. Sappington creates bronze sculptures of horses at her Whimsy Hill Studio. The Harness Racing Museum houses more than 40,000 harness racing artifacts as well as the world’s largest collection of Currier & Ives trotting prints. On Sept. 15, Frank will give a gallery talk at 5 p.m., followed by a reception – with live music and a live race horse – at 6 p.m., at the museum.
• 9 p.m. Aug. 19 and 26, and 8 p.m. Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 – Evening programs at Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23). Content varies based on sky conditions, but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours and star gazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for children and senior citizens. Reserve tickets by calling 740-363-1257.
• 8 p.m. Sept 3 – A Portable Theater presents one performance of “A Picasso,” in the Studio Theatre of OWU’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave. The play, written by Ohio native Jeffrey Hatcher, is described as “a potentially deadly game of cat-and-mouse.” Admission is $5, but free for anyone with a valid OWU ID. Seating is limited, and reservations are required by calling the Department of Theatre & Dance at 740-368-3855 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• 7 p.m. Sept. 8 – The Sagan National Colloquium presents a screening of “The Human Face of Big Data,” a documentary written and directed by Sandy Smolan. The film examines “the promise and peril of the extraordinary knowledge revolution.” The screening will be held in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
• 7 p.m. Sept. 12 – Bertis Downs, manager and lawyer for the rock band R.E.M. and an outspoken advocate for public education, presents “A Conversation on the Music Business, Public Education, and Lifelong Learning, Among Other Things.” Downs, also an adjunct professor of entertainment law and music law at the University of Georgia, will speak in Benes Rooms A and B of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
• Noon Sept. 13 – Ten Ohio Wesleyan professors tackle the challenge of teaching outside the box and inside the clocks, presenting three-minute, I-Cubed lectures. This event will be in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
• 7 p.m. Sept. 14 – The Sagan National Colloquium presents William Ray, assistant professor of pediatrics at Ohio State University’s College of Medicine and a faculty researcher at the Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine within the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Ray’s laboratory addresses problems related to human-data interface and data visualization. Ray will speak in the Benes Rooms at the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.
• 5 p.m. Sept. 15 – Artist and Ohio Wesleyan alumna Nancy B. Frank, OWU class of 1971, will give a gallery talk discussing her horse-themed artwork, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. At 6 p.m., a reception will follow Frank’s talk, featuring live music and a live race horse (Allamerican Legacy owned by Debbie and Paul Schiff).
• Sept. 17 – Bishop Backers Fall Community Day featuring free admission to all OWU athletics events, including:
Noon – OWU volleyball vs. Muskingum, in Branch Rickey Arena, 105 S. Sandusky St.
4 p.m. – OWU volleyball vs. Adrian, in Branch Rickey Arena.
7 p.m. – OWU football vs. Wittenberg, in Selby Stadium, 45 S. Henry St.
7 p.m. – OWU men’s soccer vs. Hanover, at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, Park Avenue.
• 4 p.m. Sept. 18 – Earthdance Ohio, part of the global Earthdance peace party, will be held in the Benes Rooms inside Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. The event promotes peace, justice and sustainability through music and dance. OWU student dancers, Bellydance Columbus, Israeli folk dancers and others will return. A suggested donation of $5 per person will be shared with Sustainable Delaware Ohio.
• 4:10 p.m. Sept. 21 – Boston Globe contributor Michael Cohen presents “How We Got Trump and Clinton: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division.” Cohen also is the author of “Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America.” He will speak in Room 301 of Merrick Hall, 105 S. Sandusky St.
• 7 p.m. Sept. 21 – Earthdance Ohio Prayer for Peace, featuring Aikido master Paul Linden, presenting Body-Based Conflict Resolution Peacemaking, in Peale Chapel inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. Linden, founder of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies, will begin his presentation with a 15-minute aikido demonstration, followed by 45 minutes of audience participatory learning of somatic peacemaking methods. At 8 p.m., participants will join other Earthdance events around the world for the synchronized Prayer for Peace.
• 7 p.m. Sept. 22 – The Sagan National Colloquium presents Stuart Aitken, CEO of 84.51, a Cincinnati-based marketing firm that uses data analytics to increase customer loyalty by personalizing the customer experience. Aitken will speak in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.
• 7 p.m. Sept. 23 – The Morfeo Teatro theater company presents “El Coloquio de los Perros,” in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St. The play is based on the 1613 novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes, which revolves around a conversation between two dogs discussing their adventures and misfortunes. The performance will be in Spanish and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is hosted by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages and by VIVA, OWU’s Latin-American culture group.
• 8 p.m. Sept. 24 – “New Student Scenes” featuring promising OWU newcomers in scenes staged by this year’s directing class, on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center. The performance may contain adult themes and language.
• Noon Sept. 26 – Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium, featuring poster presentations from students who participated in Ohio Wesleyan’s 10-week Summer Science Research Program. The event will be held at Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, 90 S. Henry St.
• 7 p.m. Sept. 26 – Dan O’Brien, chief economist for the Institute of International and European Affairs, one of Ireland’s leading think tanks, presents “BREXIT and Its Global Implications.” He will speak in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.
Information for this story was provided by Ohio Wesleyan University.