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Five Movie Screenings, Discussions to be Held Sept. 21 Through Oct. 26

DELAWARE – Ohio Wesleyan University will kick off a Hispanic Film Festival this month to showcase five movies from Spain and Latin America.

Each free screening will include a discussion led by Ohio Wesleyan students and faculty. The Hispanic Film Festival will launch Sept. 21 and continue through Oct. 26.

The five films selected for this year’s festival were chosen by the Spanish faculty of OWU’s Modern Foreign Languages Department.

“The films we chose represent a variety of countries because we want to expose our students, and film festival guests, to different cultures and dialects within the Spanish-speaking world,” said Andrea Colvin, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish. “Some align particularly well with a course that is being offered this fall.”

Films to be shown as part of OWU’s 2017 Hispanic Film Festival are as follows. Please note the films may contain mature themes and language. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings will be held in Phillips Auditorium, 50 S. Henry St., Delaware.

•6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 – “Ixcanul” (“Volcano”) (Guatemala, 2015). On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for 17-year-old María by her Kaqchikel parents.

•6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – “Pelo Malo” (“Bad Hair”) (Venezuela, 2013). A 9-year-old boy’s obsession with straightening his hair creates homophobic panic in his hard-working mother.

•6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 – “Neruda” (Chile, 2016). An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

•6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 – “Aquí y allá” (“Here and There”) (Mexico, 2012). This film will be screened in Room 301 of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. A man returns home to Mexico after many years in the United States, hoping to make a better life with his family and pursue his dreams of starting a band.

•6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 – “Bajarí: Gypsy Barcelona” (Barcelona, 2013). Flamenco is one of the world’s few art forms believed to be passed down exclusively through bloodlines. “Bajarí: Gypsy Barcelona” offers an intimate look at how flamenco’s legacy is kept alive within Barcelona’s tight-knit Gypsy community.

The Hispanic Film Festival is made possible through the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture, and the Secretary of State for Culture in Spain in collaboration with Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Global Studies Institute, Latin American Studies Program, Film Studies Program, and VIVA Latinx student organization.

Ohio Wesleyan to Award Honorary Degree Sept. 14 to William J. Cronon, Ph.D.

Environmental Historian, Liberal Arts Advocate Speaks on Campus Sept. 14

When Ohio Wesleyan University’s faculty began to envision a model liberal arts curriculum for the 21st century, they were inspired by William J. Cronon’s influential essay, “Only Connect: The Goals of a Liberal Education.”

In his essay, Cronon states: “More than anything else, being an educated person means being able to see connections that allow one to make sense of the world and act within it in creative ways.”

So profound were Cronon’s words that they helped to guide creation of “The OWU Connection,” the program that now defines Ohio Wesleyan’s effort to educate students who “think big” (understand issues from multiple academic perspectives); “go global” (develop a broad and deep knowledge base through academic-related travel and on-campus diversity), and “get real experience” (link classroom learning with real-world practice through internships and other hands-on work experiences).

In recognition of Cronon’s contributions to higher education, combined equally with his groundbreaking research in the field of environmental history, Ohio Wesleyan will award him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree – the university’s highest honor – when he speaks on campus in September.

Cronon, Ph.D., the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received his honorary degree Sept. 14 in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

“William Cronon is a pioneer and vital voice in the field of environmental history, an accomplished educator, a respected researcher, a strong proponent of the liberal arts, and an engaged citizen,” said OWU President Rock Jones, Ph.D. “His commitment to higher education is inspirational and worthy of both recognition and emulation. Ohio Wesleyan is pleased to award him an honorary degree.”

Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cronon served as a professor of history at Yale University. He also is a former Rhodes Scholar, Danforth Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, and MacArthur Fellow, as well as a former president of both the American Historical Association and the American Society for Environmental History.

Cronon is the author of multiple books, including “Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England,” winner of the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians, and “Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West,” winner of both the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for nonfiction and the Bancroft Prize, and a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees from Yale. Cronon also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) degree from Oxford University in England. Learn more about him at

Read Cronon’s “Only Connect: The Goals of a Liberal Education” essay at and learn more about The OWU Connection at


New Initiative Creates Intensive Two-Year Program to Develop Business Leaders, Innovators

The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship at Ohio Wesleyan University is launching the interdisciplinary Carol Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program for students seeking to become the next generation of business trailblazers.

“The Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program (ESP) is for students who want to be entrepreneurial thinkers, whether that be within a corporation or on their own,” said Daniel A. Charna, M.B.A., assistant professor of economics. “The program will help Ohio Wesleyan students find opportunities, see and maneuver through the path, and have the mindset to bring their ideas to fruition.”

The Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program is a two-year program that, once underway, will enroll five sophomores and five juniors from all majors following a competitive application process. As sophomores, participating students will participate in a special seminar class covering topics ranging from scientific method/problem-solving to critical thinking/strategic thinking/vision.

As juniors, they will translate classroom theory into practice, spending fall semester creating their own solution for an existing entrepreneurial issue affecting businesses, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies. During spring semester, the scholars will develop their own entrepreneurial venture – creating the idea, conducting market research, developing a selling proposition, and designing a business plan and/or marketing materials, such as an app or website.

Latham ESP students also will complete an internship with an entrepreneurial focus and receive a stipend to help support their experience.

“Entrepreneurship is a mindset,” said Charna, who joined the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 2013 after more than 30 years in the business world. “Our graduates learn the hard skills of their major, and the Latham ESP focuses on the soft skills, such as taking action on their ideas, persevering through the trials and tribulations associated with taking action, and building a community to support their actions and ideas. The lessons learned through the program will serve them well throughout their lives no matter where their career paths lead.”

The Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program is being created with a gift of time, talent, and treasure from OWU alumna Carol Latham, Class of 1961. A chemistry major at Ohio Wesleyan, Latham is the retired founder, president, and CEO of Thermagon, Inc., a custom manufacturer of high performance heat-transfer materials for electronic components. Under her leadership, Thermagon grew to sales of $18 million annually worldwide.

The Latham Entrepreneurial Scholars Program is open to sophomores and juniors who have achieved a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Candidates will interview with at least one Latham ESP committee member and submit a letter of reference from an OWU faculty member. Of the 2.0 grade-point requirement, Charna said, “Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes; we do not want to exclude a hard worker with high potential because of GPA.” The program will identify its inaugural scholars this academic year and launch in fall 2018.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Woltemade Center also offers an Economic Management Fellows program open to incoming freshman, an Accounting Fellows program for students interested in the financial field, and the Corns Business and Entrepreneurial Scholars program, which also supports OWU students with entrepreneurial aspirations.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Woltemade Center at and more about the university’s Department of Economics at


New Outdoor Exhibit at Ross Art Museum to Project Video Images on Building’s Facade

DELAWARE – The newest exhibit at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum promises to provide viewers with an especially illuminating experience.

The exhibit, “The Shadows We Cast,” will feature an architectural-scale video projected nightly onto the front façade of the art museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, between Sept. 20 and Oct. 31.

The exhibit will debut with an opening-night celebration at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 20 that includes an opportunity to hear from the artists who created the 12-minute video and archivists who will speak about the importance of preserving local history. Then at 8:15 p.m., guests will be invited to grab a cookie and a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider and go outside and watch the video play for the first time.

The video uses a montage of archival documents to explore changes to labor and leisure practices at two different periods in U.S. history. It considers how stories told in postcards, letters, and home movies – by ordinary people in central Ohio – helped to define and promote the “American Dream.”

“Sharing this artwork on the front of the former post office for the town, now the museum, really highlights The Ross as a doorway between campus and the city,” said Erin Fletcher, M.A., museum director. “This video projection is our first foray into public art, and we are excited to share it with our community, both on campus and in town.”

In creating “The Shadows We Cast,” artists Tiffany Carbonneau and Susanna Crum used materials culled from the archives of the Delaware County Historical Society and the OWU Historical Collection.

Carbonneau, M.F.A., is a video installation artist and assistant professor of art at Indiana University Southeast, and Crum, M.F.A., is a printmaker and interdisciplinary artist who conducts “research-based, site-specific projects that investigate the layers of history stored within public spaces.” Learn more about them at and, respectively.

A highlight of the new video exhibit, Fletcher said, is the spirit of collaboration that made it possible.

“It’s really wonderful how many people were willing to get on board with this exhibit when they understood that it told a story shared by Delaware and Ohio Wesleyan,” she said, ticking off a list that includes colleagues at Ohio Wesleyan and representatives from the Delaware County Historical Society, City of Delaware, and Main Street Delaware, which plans to include the outdoor exhibition in its Oct. 6 First Friday celebration.

Fletcher said the continuously looping video will be projected on the museum nightly, seven days a week, from dusk to midnight throughout its run. “The Shadows We Cast” is the second iteration in the museum’s “Inside/Outside” series, which features exhibitions in non-traditional spaces. The series debuted in April with the exhibit “With Radical Love & Fierce Resistance.”

In addition to the outdoor exhibit, the Ross Art Museum’s current and upcoming indoor exhibitions include: Now through Oct. 8, the “Marty Kalb Retrospective,” featuring paintings that span the 50-year career of the retired Ohio Wesleyan fine arts professor, and, beginning Oct. 19, concurrent displays of photographs by Cleveland visual artist Charles J. “Chuck” Mintz and paintings by Ohio State University assistant art professor George Rush.

During the academic year, Ohio Wesleyan’s 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 for more information. Like the museum of Facebook at

Staff Reports

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at