Saturday, October 20, 5-9 pm & Sunday, October 21, 2007, 2-7 pm

132 W State St, Athens, Ohio

A community celebration of the visual, performing, and culinary arts!

Both days: Visual Art from more than 20 local artists.

Saturday: On stage (Those that I know are female are in CAPS.)

  • 5:00 LEAH MILLER – belly dancer
  • 5:15 Rusty Rittenhouse – magician
  • 5:45 DOMINIKA ADAMOVA and Frank McDermott – poetry and music
  • 6:05 Ehryan Everson – dancer
  • 6:10 QUINN SCHMALLENBERG and Zion Everson – dancers
  • 6:15 Pete Wuscher and Matthew Bryant – music
  • 6:45 Ethan Greene – music
  • 7:15 Steve Zarate – music
  • 7:45 Designated Spaces – spoken word
  • 8:15 Bad Chemicals – music
  • 8:45 LEAH MILLER and JANE PALMER – fire dancer and drums

Saturday: Downstairs

  • Kids in Action
  • Haunted House Knit/Weave Workshop
  • OU T-Com children’s presentation
  • Chris Tomazik

Sunday: On stage

  • 2:00 LEAH MILLER – belly dancer
  • 2:15 NGOMA – drum circle
  • 2:45 Rusty Rittenhouse – magician
  • 3:15 Ehryah Everson – dancer
  • 3:20 QUINN SCHMALLENBERG and Zion Everson – dancers
  • 3:30 Ethan Greene – music
  • 4:00 LIZ PAHL – music
  • 4:30 Heartlanders – music
  • 5:00 Reyshan Parker – play “Best Intentions”

Sunday: Downstairs

  • Kids in Action
  • Haunted House Knit/Weave Workshop
  • OU T-Com’s children’s presentation
  • Xen Glick – 5-7

Gail Kern Paster: Annual Shakespeare Lecture

Gail Kern Paster “Head to Head: The Dialogue of Skin and Skull in Holbein and Hamlet”
Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 5-7 pm

Margaret M. Walter Hall, Room 145
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
A reception will follow and all are welcome.

This year’s OU Department of English Annual Shakespeare Lecture features Dr. Gail Kern Paster exploring the unexpected connections between Hans Holbein’s 1533 portrait, The Ambassadors, which famously includes a distorted skull at the bottom edge of the painting, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which likewise features the famous skull of Yorick.

Dr. Paster is one of the foremost Shakespeare scholars in the U.S. Her research has focused on literary representation of the body in Renaissance culture, demonstrating that the automatic separation between mind and body in modern thought was not one that Shakespeare’s audience would have shared. Her books include Humoring the Body: Emotion and the Shakespearean Stage (2004), The Body Embarrassed: Drama and Disciplines of Shame in Early Modern England (1993), The Idea of the City in the Age of Shakespeare (1985), and she has recently co-edited a collection of essays, Reading the Early Modern Passions: Essays in the Cultural History of Emotion (2004). Dr. Paster taught for many years as a professor in the English Department at George Washington University, and she is currently the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. She is also the senior editor of Shakespeare Quarterly.

The OU English Department’s Annual Shakespeare Lecture is funded by an endowment which seeks to ensure that the study and appreciation of Shakespeare remains a vital experience for Ohio University undergraduates and the entire university community. The annual lecture series brings leading national figures in the study of Shakespeare to campus.

Contact: escobedo -at-

Benefit: Writer’s Harvest Reading

Benefit: Writer’s Harvest Reading
Thusday, October 11, 2007, 7:30pm

Margaret M. Walter Hall Rotunda
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
$3 donation

The OU Creative Writing Program will sponsor the Writer’s Harvest reading to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. The benefit is part of the nation’s largest reading series working to help fight hunger

Featured readers will be the new creative nonfiction Professor Dinty Moore; recent alumna of the CWP, CARRIE OEDING; OU alumna and novelist PENNY LAUER; and local poet and educator WENDY MCVICKER. Donations of $3 will be accepted at the door, and on the campus green during the week. Following the readings will be a musical reception with refreshments.

SEE:4 local authors join ‘Harvest’ effort,” Athens News, 10/8/07

The Second Harvest Foodbank of Southeastern Ohio is a large warehouse operation that receives surplus food donations from major food manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers and then channels this food to charitable feeding organizations throughout ten counties in southeastern Ohio. Our mission is to channel surplus food to those who do not have enough, with a goal of making a positive difference in their lives. The foodbank currently distributes food to over 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, and congregate meal sites. In 2005, the foodbank supplied over 7.9 million pounds of food to those feeding organizations that are in the front line of helping families meet their basic food needs.

It is one of 196 Second Harvest Regional Foodbanks throughout the US and Puerto Rico affiliated with America’s Second Harvest. It is estimated that nearly 97 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year by Americans, and that approximately 30 million Americans are in danger of going hungry. Foodbanks have the resources to receive edible food that would have otherwise been wasted, from growers, manufacturers, retailers, and processors, in order to distribute it to local charitable agencies. —

Contact: the Special Programs Office at lm346095 -at-
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Spoken Word Slam

Spoken Word Slam
Baker University Center’s Multicultural Performance Series
Saturday, October 6, 2007, 9 p.m.

The Front Room Campus Coffeehouse
Baker University Center
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

The Spoken Word Slam will showcase different aspects of poetry with poets TRACI CURRIE, Omari Barksdale, and KALIMAH JOHNSON, along with DJ inCreDiBle (Corey Darnell).

‘Spoken Word Slam Poetry is a mix of reciting, singing and performing poetry with a lot of audience interaction,’ said Currie, an OU alumna. While she was a student, Currie regularly performed on campus for special events such as Precollege and Kwanzaa observations. ‘There is a community of people at OU who have directly contributed to me being a stronger poet. I am glad that I have this opportunity to give something back to them,’ she said. Each poet will perform separately in sets of 25 minutes. The DJ will be intermittent throughout the entire show. — OUtlook

DR. TRACIE E. CURRIE, an OU alumna and Hip Hop scholar, teaches in the University of Michigan-Flint communication department.

KALIMAH “LOCMAMA” JOHNSON holds a master’s degree in social work, and is a published performance poet. She is dedicated to nurturing pride in black people, and removing the myths and challenges related to hair locking. Her creative blend of poetry and performance is used to entertain, inform and celebrate the topic of natural black hair.

Omari “King Wise” Barksdale is a Detroit-based poet and founder of Uhuru Cipher Artists Management. King Wise is also the cofounder of a lecture group that is responsible for the activist series “Hip-Poe-Tics,” which focuses on influencing activism through Hip-Hop, Poetry and Politics in universities and communities around the nation.


Book signing: Marilou Suszko

Book signing: Marilou Suszko
Farms and Foods of Ohio: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate
Saturday, October 6, 2007 10am-Noon

Athens Farmer’s Market
E State St, Athens, Ohio

Farms and Foods of OhioMarilou Suszko, an Ohio author and chef, takes you on a journey throughout Ohio, where you’ll meet unique farming personalities dedicated to growing, raising, and preparing wonderful foods to grace your table. Join her in the fields, in the barns, and out in the vineyards through these wonderful stories and recipes.

As a food writer, Marilou is a regular contributor to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Food Section, the Sunday Magazine and Feast. She is a Level III graduate from Western Reserve School of Cooking as well as a member of the IACP.

SEE:New book looks at why Ohio residents should be purchasing locally grown food products,” Athens News, 10/4/2007

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- or 740-593-4686.

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments
Friday, October 19 & Saturday 20, 2007

Ohio University-Zanesville
1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio

Early Bird registration for the Women of Appalachia ends tomorrow, Friday, September 21!

9/21 is also the deadline for the Young Appalachian Women Writers Competition.

Women of Appalachia Conference includes sessions, entertainment, receptions, juried art exhibit, local Appalachian artisans and craftpersons showcase, and some meals. Details found at

Sessions include:
* Devil’s Oven: The Boom to Bust Era of the Hocking Valley Coal Mining Industry (Screening)
* A Fight against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: Female Influence on Natural Resource Policy in Appalachia
* Mitigating health disparities among Ohio Appalachians
* Mountain Mamas, Sacrifice, and Class: Appalachian Motherhood in American Visual Culture
* Radical Mothers: Women’s Activism in the Paint Creek – Cabin Creek Strike of 1912
* Roads That Take You Into Your Own Country: Finding Home Through Poetry of Place
* Uses of Medicinal Plants in Appalachia (lotions, creams & soaps)

More:Women of Appalachia Conference celebrates history and tradition,” OUtlook, 3/29/2006

Contact: Office of Continuing Education, Ohio University-Zanesville, 1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio 43701, 740-588-1401