Ohio Wesleyan University announced its February 2017 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.
• Jan. 17-April 2, 2017 – “Accumulated Errors,” sculpture by Carol Boram-Hays, and “From One Thing to Another,” paintings by Louise Captein, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.
Boram-Hays, who teaches at Columbus College of Art & Design, uses metal remains reclaimed from industrial sites as well as steel ductwork, conduit, and electrical wiring to create art that explores “our conflicted relationship with industrialized culture.” She casts the metal within concrete poured into forms and then uses mason stains to color their surfaces. Learn more at www.carolboramhays.com/.
Captein teaches at Otterbein University and is originally from the Netherlands. Her paintings are based on sketches of brightly colored paper collages. Each painting is an exact copy of the original collage and involves a careful mixing of colors and meticulous application of thin layers of paint to create a smooth surface. Learn more at www.otterbein.edu/public/About/Faculty/LouiseCaptein.aspx.
• During the academic year, the Ross Art 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 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.
• 8 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 – Evening programs at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Content varies based on sky conditions but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and stargazing 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. Learn more at www.owu.edu/perkins.
• 8 p.m. Feb. 16-18; 2 p.m. Feb. 18-19, 2017 – “Androcles and the Lion,” adapted by Aurand Harris. This award-winning tale, directed and designed by professor D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., tells the story of a servant in ancient Rome who befriends an animal in need and makes a friend for life. The play is performed in zany Commedia dell’Arte style, bringing the show to life with selected scenes, music, and slapstick.
The play is suitable for all ages, including school-age children, and will feature three evening and two matinee performances. It will be performed in one act, lasting approximately 75 minutes. “Androcles and the Lion” will be performed in in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware.
Tickets are $10 for general admission; $3 for school-age children; and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU college students. (Admission is free for OWU students with a valid university ID.) To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.
• 12:10 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. Feb. 21 – John D’Agata, M.F.A., essayist and creative writing professor at the University of Iowa, presents a free writing salon at 12:10 p.m. and a reading at 4:10 p.m. The lunchtime salon will be held in Sturges Hall, 85 S. Sandusky St., and the afternoon reading in Room 301 of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. D’Agata is the author of “Halls of Fame,” “About a Mountain,” and “The Lifespan of a Fact,” as well as the editor of the three-volume series “A New History of the Essay.”
Learn more about him at www.johndagata.com. D’Agata’s visit is sponsored by the Department of English. Admission to both events is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/english.
• 4:10 p.m. Feb. 22 – Beth Simmons, Ph.D., the Andrea Mitchell University Professor in Law and Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, discusses “The Future of Human Rights,” in the Benes Rooms of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.
A world-renowned authority on international relations and human rights, Simmons is the author of “Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics” and “Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy during the Interwar Years, 1924-1939.” Her presentation represents OWU’s 28th Annual John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics sponsored by the International Studies Program and the Department of Politics and Government. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/internationalstudies.
• 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 – Paul C.H. Lim, Ph.D., associate professor of the History of Christianity and of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University, discusses “Global Christianity and War on Human Trafficking: Snapshots from America, India, and Korea,” in Room 301 of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The presentation is the 2016-2017 Merrick Lecture sponsored by the OWU Department of Religion. Learn more at www.owu.edu/religion. Admission is free.
• 7 p.m. Feb. 24 – The 13th Annual OWU Documentary Film Festival, featuring six short films created by Ohio Wesleyan students enrolled in the university’s Ethnographic and Documentary Film and Filmmaking Class, in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Brief discussions with the student-filmmakers will be held after each screening.
Some films contain adult language and content intended for mature audiences. This event is sponsored by the OWU Department of Sociology/Anthropology and the OWU Media Center. Admission is free.
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