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Kennedy Lecture Series
The Kennedy Museum is named in honor of Edwin and Ruth Kennedy, lifetime supporters of Ohio University. Thanks to the generosity of the Kennedys, the Museum has grown into a world-class institution, bringing to the University and the region a wide range of permanent collections and traveling exhibitions, educational programming and special tours.
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March 2014

Clothesline Project: Fighting Violence Against Women
The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide.  Join us throughout the entire week as we honor victims of violence as well as remembering those who have lost their lives to such senseless acts.
DATE/TIME: Monday, March 17th-Thursday, March 21st
LOCATION: Shaffer Courtyard (weather permitting) or Rotunda
CONTACT: Michelle Dotts, Student Assistant (740-547-3874 or md175310@ohio.edu)

Dialogue on Diversity: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, & Commitment
Women's History Month honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women.  Against social conventions and legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for the generations to come.  They have demonstrated their character, courage, and commitment as mothers, educators, business, labor, political, and community leaders, relief workers, CEOs, and so much more.  Through a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Kristi A. Barnes, women and girls will leave inspired to achieve their full potential, and men and boys will be encouraged to respect the diversity and depth of women's experiences.
MODERATOR: Dr. Kristi A. Barnes, Associate Professor, Psychology
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, March 18th, 2:30-3:30 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Bowman Auditorium
CONTACT: Dr. Barnes (740-533-4547 or barnesk@ohio.edu) or Michelle Dotts, Student Assistant (740-547-3874 or md175310@ohio.edu)

Film:  Miss Representation
Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom interwove stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from the likes of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give us an inside look at the media and its message.  As the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that a woman’s primary value lay in her youth, beauty, and sexuality—and not in her capacity to lead, making it difficult for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential.  The film accumulates startling facts and statistics that leave audiences shaken, armed with a new perspective, and asking the question, “What can we do?”
DATE/TIME:  Thursday, March 20th, 3-4:30 pm
LOCATION:  Ohio University Southern—Ironton, Bowman Auditorium
CONTACT:  Dr. Purba Das (740-533-4595 or dasp@ohio.edu)

Dialogue on Diversity: Honoring Diversity by Advancing Inclusion
Since March of 2008, Thomas M. Costello, Jr. has served as the leader of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, a 71 year old human rights and civil justice organization based in Detroit.  As a visiting professor at the Athens campus, Mr. Costello will address issues of diversity, access, and equity.  The lecture addresses how each person views the issues of diversity and inclusion through a different lens and how history plays a role in the present state of opportunity, access, and justice.
DATE: Thursday, March 20th, 4:45 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Bowman Auditorium
CONTACT: Dr. Purba Das (740-533-4595 or dasp@ohio.edu)

Storyboard—Defining Moments
This program is about helping people find the stories in themselves. Students are encouraged to explore the “defining moments” in their lives by participating in lecture and workshop activities based on the principles of creative writing. Stories are written in the first person, based on fact, and shared with facilitators and other participants through round-table discussions - where rough drafts are refined as short stories, poems, or lyrical narratives. Charles Jarrett will facilitate this two-day seminar with Susan Kammeraad-Campbell, (Joggling Board Press), Teresa Bruce, author of The Other Mother, and Charles Jarrett.
DATE/TIME: March 27-29, 2014
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern/Proctorville Center
FACILITATOR: Dr. Charles Jarrett, Susan Kammeraad-Campbell, and Teresa Bruce
CONTACT: Michelle Dotts, Student Assistant (740-547-3874 or md175310@ohio.edu)


April 2014

Woodstock: A Festival of Love, Peace, and Happiness
This musical performance captures the spirit of the anti-establishment movement of the 1960’s through Woodstock. Charles Jarrett, Phil Osborne, Catherine Cirner, and selective undergraduates explore the collective angst of the times through dialogue and performing the songs of Woodstock. Charles Jarrett attended the iconic music festival and challenges popular misconceptions. Phil Osborne serves as the musical director, and undergraduates perform musically including Alan Brown, Catherine Cirner, Michelle Dotts, Barry Gillum, Charles Jarrett, Phil Osborne, and Dave Wurts.   
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 9th, 6:00-9:30 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Ironton, Rotunda
FACILITATOR: Dr. Charles Jarrett
CONTACT: Michelle Dotts, Student Assistant (740-547-3874 or md175310@ohio.edu)

JAZZ Appreciation Event
Celebrating jazz appreciation month, Jazz Alive Concert includes discussion on the history of jazz and performance by national jazz musicians.  Jazz Alive is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the uniquely American music art form of jazz and its practitioners.  Jazz Alive was founded by three jazz musicians who were graduates of the University of Cincinnati-College of Conservatory Music (CCM), namely Gordon Birsker, Joseph Gaudio, and Donald Carr.  The mission of Jazz Alive is to bring greater appreciation and understanding of jazz from bebop era to present day.
DATE/TIME: Friday, April 11th, 2014
Ohio University Southern Performance: 7:00 PM
LOCATION:  Ohio University Southern—Ironton, Collins Center, Bowman Auditorium
CONTACT:  Robert Pleasant (740-533-4600 or pleasanr@ohio.edu) or Michelle Dotts (740-547-3874 or md175310@ohio.edu)


Dialogue on Diversity: Schools as Change Agents: The Future of Public Education
This dialogue explores the obligation and role of public education in our changing political and social environment. Dr. Charles Jarrett will facilitate the program with assistance from administrators and teachers from our local public school system who will serve as panelists. Ohio University Southern students and community members will have the opportunity to dialogue on the effectiveness of institutions of public and higher education to include and provide a quality education for students representing each segment of society.
DATE/TIME: Monday, April 14th from 2:30 to 3:30pm
LOCATION: Ohio University Southern, Bowman Auditorium
FACILITATOR: Dr. Charles Jarrett
CONTACT: Michelle Dotts, Student Assistant (740-547-3874 or md175310@ohio.edu)


Additional Programming Located on the Athens Campus

Kenyon Farrow: Writer.Speaker.Activist.
Kenyon Farrow has been working as an organizer, communications strategist, and writer on issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons, and homophobia. Kenyon is the former Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice—an organization dedicated to organizing, research, and advocacy for and with low-income and working-class lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Prior to becoming ED, Kenyon served as the National Public Education Director, building the visibility of progressive racial and economic justice issues as they pertain to LGBTQ community through coalition-building, public education, and media advocacy.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 5th, 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University—Athens, Baker University Center Theater

Sibs Weekend Variety Show: Night at the Apollo with BSCPB
Night at the Apollo is back! Join the Black Student Cultural Programming Board to watch Ohio University student singers, dancers and rappers showcase their talents. Performers will have 30 seconds to prove their talent to the audience. A winner will be chosen at the completion of the competition by the audience and judges.
DATE/TIME: Friday, February 7th, 8:00 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University—Athens, Baker Ballroom

A Call to Men with Tony Porter: The Next Generation of Manhood
Tony Porter is an educator and activist and has been working in the social justice arena for over twenty years. He is nationally recognized for his effort to end men's violence against women. Tony is the original visionary and co-founder behind A CALL TO MEN: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women. He is the author of "Well Meaning Men...Breaking Out of the Man Box - Ending Violence Against Women" and the visionary for the book, NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters. Tony's message of accountability is welcome and supported by many grassroots and established organizations. He’s currently working with numerous domestic and sexual violence programs, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, colleges and universities around the country. He has worked with the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 19th, 7-9:00 pm
LOCATION: Ohio University—Athens, Baker University Center Theater