Previous Culture Showcase Programs – OHIO University Libraries
50 Years of African Studies at Ohio University (February 19, 2014)

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its African Studies program, Gillian Berchowitz, the Director of the Ohio University Press and the Swallow Press imprint. Ms Berchowitz’s presentation was entitled “Ohio University Press and African Studies Publishing: A 50-Year Journey.” She traced Ohio University’s publishing program from 1964 to the present from the publication of the Papers in International Studies published by the Center of African Studies to the cutting-edge book series that the press has developed in collaboration with the African Studies Center and is known for internationally. She also covered the culture of publishing at key periods in the English-speaking regions of Africa.

Publications of the Ohio University Press
International Education (Fall 2013)

Program One (Tuesday, November 5, 2013):

Jeff Ferrier moderated a panel discussion on The Undergraduate and International Education. The panelists included Rebecca Sebo, a dance major who studied in Israel; Camille Scott, an Honors Tutorial College anthropology major who studied in Japan; and Brittany Frodge, a Spanish and art history major who studied in Madrid.

Program Two (Tuesday, November 12, 2013):

Gillian Ice, Associate Professor, Department of Social Medicine, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Caroline Kingori, Assistant Professor of Community Health in the Department of Social and Public Health made a presentation about the University’s Global Health Initiative.

Muslim Journeys (Spring 2013)

Program One (March 27, 2013):

Dr. Loren Lybarger of the Department of Classics and World Religions made a presentation entitled Hearing the Qur’an: Sound and Meaning in Islam’s Holy Book.


Program Two (April 3, 2013):

Dr. Steve Howard, the Director of Ohio University’s African Studies Center, made a presentation entitled Islam in Africa.


Confessions of a Left-Handed Dalang: Adventures in Balinese Puppetry (November 7, 2012)

Prof. William Condee, the Hamilton/Baker & Hostetler Professor of Humanities at Ohio University, made an informational presentation about puppetry as a performance tradition and an art form, followed by a Balinese puppet show, one that strays from the norms of western theater. According to Condee, “As opposed to puppetry in America, which tends to be a lousy form of children’s birthday party entertainment, this is an art form that is central to the culture, Balinese puppetry is performed as part of vital rituals to propitiate the gods and demons, and as part of festivals to find accommodation among the worlds of humans, gods and demons.”


 Balinese puppetry
Diversity Through Music (May 24, 2012)

Drs. Paschal Younge of the School of Music and Zelma Badu-Younge of the School of Dance have done extensive field work in the villages of Ghana observing, recording, and collecting music and dances of the people there. During this presentation, he discussed his new book, Music and Dance Traditions of Ghana: History, Performance, and Teaching.


Athens Alternatives (February 20, 2012)

Three presentations dealt with ways in which people in Athens are striving to be economically sustainable and independent within the region: developing networks, supporting entrepreneurial efforts, and helping their neighbors take advantage of our local resources.

Presentations by:

There’s Power in a Union (Fall 2011)

These two programs put a strong emphasis on organized labor in American history, as a valuable corrective to the ubiquitous concentration we get from the mainstream media and other sources on business. Almost all of the business news focuses on  corporations, stock prices, scandals, etc. Except for unemployment, workers’ issues are almost totally ignored.

Speaker: Ron Luce, Director of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum (September 28, 2011)

Speaker: Tim Smith, Alden Library Reference Librarian (October 26, 2011)


Hurray for Holly/Bolly/Nollywood: Celebrating Film from Around the World (May 20, 2011)

The theme was diversity in film, going well beyond Hollywood, or even Western cinema.

Bollywood: Bollywood is the popular name for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, India. It is the largest film industry in India and one of the largest worldwide.

Nollywood: The filmmaking industry of Nigeria, Nollywood, has grown since the 90s to become one of the largest in the world—ahead of the United States and behind India in terms of annual film production.

The speaker, School of Film assistant professor Thomas Hayes, worked on documentaries in Southeast Asia, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israel, South Africa, Europe, and Mexico.

Musical Notes for Various Folks: World Music and Dance (Winter 2011)

Program 1: Ohio University African Ensemble (February 9, 2011)

Drs. Paschal Younge and Zelma Badu-Younge, the  directors of the Ohio University African Ensemble, led an exciting performance that included dances with elaborate costumes and traditional instruments from Ghana, Togo, Benin and more.

Program 2: Aaron Butler (March 1, 2011)

Aaron Butler, a graduate student in percussion OHIO’s School of Music, played a variety of European and American musical pieces, adapted from piano for marimba and xylophone.



Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Famous Visitors to OHIO (Fall 2010)

This past summer Ohio University recognized four dignitaries who have visited our campus: Marian Anderson, Cesar Chavez, Margaret Mead and Pearl S. Buck, by adding plaques in their honor to the West Portico of Memorial Auditorium. Two programs highlighted famous visitors to the University:

Program One (October 19)

Program Two (November 4)

  • Judith Daso, retired Government Documents Librarian, spoke on the history of the Plaque Project at Memorial Auditorium.
The International Student Experience at Ohio University (May 10, 2010)

Panel discussion led by Krista McCallum Beatty of the International Student and Faculty Services office. Student panelists included:

  • Hala Asmina Guta (Sudan)
  • Nurchayati Karsono (Indonesia)
  • Qiongyou Pu (China)
  • Animesh Rathore (India)
American Regionalisms (Winter 2010)

Program One (February 25, 2010)

Dr. Timothy Anderson, Chair of the Geography Department, spoke on “Early Settlement in the Ohio Country: Migration, Ethnicity and the Creation of Ohio’s Regional Cultural Landscapes”

  • Part 1 (about 52 minutes)
  • Part 2 (about 25 minutes)

Program Two (April 20, 2010)

Jack Wright, Assistant Professor at the School of Film, did a presentation on “Music of Coal: 100 Years of Song.”

  • Part 1 (about 30 minutes)
  • Part 2 (about 29 minutes)
African American Studies & Alden Library (Fall 2009)

Program One (October 20, 2009)

Dr. Akil Houston of the African American Studies Department, spoke on “Re-Membering African American Studies at Ohio University,” focusing on a film he is doing about the department’s history.

Program Two (November 10, 2009)

Deanda Johnson, Coordinator of the African American Research and Service Institute, spoke on the topic “Freedom Denied: African American Prison Literature and Other Stories of Confinement.”


Celebrating Firsts (Spring 2009)

Program One (May 6, 2009)

Catherine Brown and Kim Brown spoke on “Women’s Athletics: Ohio University before and after Title IX.”

Program Two (May 26, 2009)

Retired faculty member Betty Hollow spoke on the topic “One Cool Bobcat: Vernon Alden and the Push for Diversity in the Sixties and Seventies.”

Rites of Passage (Winter 2009)

Program One (February 12, 2009)

Dr. Francis Godwyll, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies in Education, spoke on the topic “From Cradle to Final Rites: The Akan Cultural Experience.”

Program Two (March 5, 2009)

Dr. Katherine Jellison, Professor of History, spoke on the topic “Rite to Wed: Getting Married in America, 1945-2005.”

Presidential Politics (Fall 2008)

Program One (September 17, 2008)

Pete Souza, Assistant Professor, School of Visual Communication, gave a presentation and book signing for his recent book The Rise of Barack Obama. [Souza went on to become the official White House photographer after Barack Obama’s election in November 2008.]

Program Two (October 21, 2008)

Jerry Miller, Associate Professor in the School of Communication Studies and Co-Director of the Scripps Survey Research Center spoke on “Race, Gender, and Politics.”

Appalachian Women (Spring 2008)

The theme for Spring included an exhibit of photographs of women in this area from the Lloyd Moore Collection, the Frank Buhla Collection, and the Fine Arts Library.

Program One (April 16, 2008)

Sharon Hatfield gave a presentation entitled “Marry in Haste, Repent at Leisure: Edith Maxwell and the National Woman’s Party.” The presentation was based on Ms Hatfield’s 2005 book Never Seen the Moon; the Trials of Edith Maxwell.

Program Two (May 14, 2008)

Nancy Bain of the Geography Department gave a presentation on “Women in Mining Communities: Information from Archival and Documentary Sources.”

African American Heritage (Winter 2008)

Alden Library observed Black History Month by celebrating the Bicentennial of the “Abolition of the Anglo-American Trade in African Captives.” The law, which went into effect on January 1, 1808, put an end to the importation of slaves from Africa.

A poster project commemorating this event was created by the African American Studies Department, the Social Work Department, and the Multicultural Genealogical Center of Chesterhill, Ohio, with images from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia.