Janet Berry Hess on Ghana’s Art & History

Janet Berry Hess “Spectacular Nation: Beauty, Battle, and Ghanaian Decolonization”
Part of the conference Perspectives on African Decolonization
Monday, October 15, 2007, 11 am-12:45 pm

Baker Center, Rm 240
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Free and open to the public

Perspectives on African Decolonization: 50 Years of Independence is sponsored by the African Studies Program and College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University. Conference begins Monday, 6pm and ends Tueday 5pm and commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of decolonization in Africa, starting with Ghana, and working up to 1960. It initiates an extended conversation around the theme “Perspectives on African Decolonization” by staging a series of academic conferences at OU to commemorate these significant moments in African history and to reflect upon the legacies of fifty years of “independence” in Africa.

Janet Berry Hess, J.D., Ph.D., received a doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law, a Masters in art history from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University. She has taught at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; the University of California Santa Cruz; and Northwestern University. She is presently assistant professor at Sonoma State University, and has published widely on Ghanaian art, architecture, and visual culture in the decolonization era (notably in Art and Architecture in Postcolonial Africa), as well representations of the body in post-apartheid South Africa, and the architecture of the postcolonial era in Tanzania.

Contact: Dr. Nick Creary at creary -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4355


OUTWRITE latest issue now available

The latest issue of OUTWRITE, Ohio University‘s LGBTA journal, is now available for download as a pdf from the LGBT Center!

This issue (No. 3, October 2007), is the OUT Week edition.

– Looking Back, Moving Forward: Stonewall
– 4 Our Health: HPV
– Queer News: Out in the World
– Queer Confusion: LGBT Labels explained
– Out of the Closet: Faculty Spotlight
– Out in the World: China
– Entertainment & Meeting Calendar
– LGBT Student Affairs Commissioner update
– Leading the Way: Student Leaders
– Poetry
– And more!

October is LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month @ OU

glbthistorymonth.comThe Ohio University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center Center has several projects to mark LGBT History Month. We celebrate the achievements of LGBT people with a poster series called ‘We Are OUTstanding!’, which spotlights 9 famous LGBT people. Look for all 3 posters around campus and download them from our site. We are co-sponsoring OUTWeek keynote speaker bi activist Robyn Ochs. Additionally, Equality Forum has created a website that features 31 LGBT leaders. Find all this as well as LGBT achievements for each day of October and a LGBT History Timeline on the OU LGBT site. Also, check out the window display at Follett’s Bookstore.

Contact: lgbt -at- ohio.edu

Women’s Studies Faculty & Grad Colloquium: Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer: A Discussion of “Hesiod’s Mortar”
Women’s Studies Colloquium for faculty and graduate students
Friday, October 5, 2007, 4-6 PM

Baker Center 233
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

download flyerDr. Ruth Palmer, Department of Classics and World Religion, will lead a discussion on “Hesiod’s Mortar.”

The Greek poet Hesiod lived and composed in the 8th century BCE. His poem “Works and Days” is known for its misogynistic account of Pandora, the first woman, and for his doctrine of self-sufficiency through farming. But because of his view of women as drones who do no work, there are odd gaps in Hesiod’s account of farm work. By comparing Hesiod’s account of farm life to the division of labor known from traditional Greek farming, and the views of women’s work in the Homeric epics, it is clear that despite his misogynistic message about women, he cannot eliminate all references to the women’s work which was integral to the wellbeing of the Greek household.

This is part of the Ohio University Women’s Studies Program Colloquium for faculty and graduate students.

To facilitate discussion, please request a copy of the paper from godby -at- ohio.edu or 740-593-4686.

Women’s Equality Day on Women Today and Yesterday


Women’s Equality Day on Women Today and Yesterday
Lois Whealey with guest Judy Daso
Friday, August 24, 6:30 PM & Sunday, August 26, 3 PM

Channel 23
Athens, Ohio

This week Lois Whealey’s talk show Women Today and Yesterday will focus on Women’s Equality Day–the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment on August 26, 1920.

Lois and Judy Daso will discuss the woman suffrage movement and history of women at Ohio University.

Women Today and Yesterday is scheduled to air Fridays at 6:30 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. However, since these are times when no one is at the station, sometimes the ‘automatic play’ doesn’t work right. The taped show often is on on Saturday at either 3 or 6:30 also, and at other odd times–like Tuesday at 2 or 3 PM.

To date Women Today and Yesterday has featured nearly 4 dozen different women guests. The following week will feature Dr. Mary Anne Flournoy, Associate Director Emerita of the OU International Center.

More on the show:

Talk show focuses on ‘Women Today’” The POST, January 29, 2007.

Contact: Lois Whealey lw182104 -at- ohio.edu

Brunch with Margaret Blennerhassett

Brunch with Margaret Blennerhassett
Thursday, July 19, 2007

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park (http://www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/)
137 Juliana St., Parkersburg, WV

Enjoy a morning boat cruise to Blennerhassett Island where none other than Mrs. Blennerhassett will greet and invite you for brunch just as she might have done in 1798. Visit also includes a tour of the Blennerhassett Mansion.
Reservations required. Group prices available.

Blennerhassett Island is located in the Ohio River two miles west of Parkersburg. The island boasts a replica of the mansion of Harmon & Margaret Blennerhassett. The park and mansion are open to the public from spring to autumn. The only public way to the island is via a 20-minute sternwheeler ride from Point Park in Parkersburg (Second & Ann Streets).

Also on Thursday, August 16, and Thursday, Sept 20.

Contact: 304-420-4800 or 1-800-CALL WVA or blennerhassett -atw- vdnr.gov

Benita Blessing “The Anti-Fascist Classroom…”

Benita Blessing “The Anti-Fascist Classroom: Education and De-Nazification in Soviet Occupied Germany, 1945-1949”
Thursday, May 31, 2007, 4:10-5:40 PM

Baker University Center 242 (http://www.ohio.edu/center)
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

In this Contemporary History Institute (http://www.ohiou.edu/conhist/) lecture Benita Blessing will be speaking on her new book, The Anti-Fascist Classroom: Education and De-Nazification in Soviet Occupied Germany, 1945-1949 (http://www.palgrave-usa.com/catalog/product.aspx?isbn=1403976120).
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