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Jan. 11, 2011

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Ohio State Lima announces Winter Quarter PALS series

Music and diversity issues take center stage

The Performing Arts and Lecture Series on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Lima and James A. Rhodes State College will welcome a variety of professional musicians and diversity speakers during Winter Quarter 2011.

12:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 19, 2011, Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts

Africa West Percussion Trio, whose members include Jamie Ryan, Ryan Korb, and Josh Ryan, is dedicated to the performance of African and Afro-Caribbean styles of music in addition to Western classical music for percussion. Their unique folkloric-style compositions and arrangements are influenced by the members’ studies under master musicians in African and Afro-Cuban genres as well as their backgrounds as classical and jazz musicians. The concept of "Africa West" demonstrates not only the trio’s interest in folkloric music, but also how African and Caribbean music has been shaped by the experiences of Africans in the Western Hemisphere.

12:30 p.m., Tues., Jan. 25, 2011, Reed Hall 160

Singer/Guitarist Eric Dove is known for his range of music genres and his versatility as a musician. From pure and classic rock to country and from 80s to rap, Eric easily reads the crowd to select a different songlist at each performance. With several hundred songs in his history and the ability to perform any genre equally well, he can satisfy virtually any crowd. Eric’s show is upfront with a healthy dose of rockin’ tunes, plenty of banter with his audience, and the rhythmic thud of his "porchboard" bass, bringing the entertainment value of the sterotypical acoustic soloist to a new level.

12:30 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 3, 2011, Galvin Commons

Jazz Vocalist Maggie Green embraces the music of Brazil and the great American songbook to create her own soft yet rhythmic sound. Performing regularly with jazz combos and her own bossa nova ensemble, Canto Poetico, Maggie has her own self-titled CD, which was recorded in Rio de Janeiro. A professional music major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Maggie is currently the jazz vocal instructor at Capital University in Columbus.

12:30 p.m., Tues., Feb. 15, 2011, Reed Hall 160

In celebration of Black History Month, vocalist Dr. Crystal Sellers, with accompanist Dr. Lucia Unrau, will present the music of African-American musical culture through art songs of H.T. Burleigh, arias from Porgy and Bess and spirituals by John Carter. Dr. Sellers is an assistant professor of music at Bluffton University where she teaches voice, vocal pedagogy and music history and is the conductor of the newly established university and community gospel choir. Dr. Unrau has performed throughout the U.S. as a solo pianist and currently is a professor of music at Bluffton University. This event is being co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity at Ohio State Lima.

12:30-2:00 p.m., Mon., Feb. 28, 2011, Science 100

A panel of speakers from The Ohio State University will present “Getting Beyond Bullying, Challenging Queerphobia.” Over the past few months, a number of GLBT youth and college students from across the country have died by suicide, and these deaths have typically been attributed to various forms of bullying. Though the harassment and death of people who do not conform to gender and sexual norms is nothing new, the enormous media attention given to bullying and suicide, and the well-publicized responses to those epidemics are trends to be reckoned with. This forum addresses these issues by considering the ways that these problems and solutions have been represented and framed.

In addition to Ohio State Lima’s Office of Institutional Diversity, this forum is being co-sponsored by the Sexuality Studies Program, the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO), Multicultural Center, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Women’s Place, GradQueers, ComBIne, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) at OSU, LGBTQ First Year Cohort, LGBTQ & Allies Student Association, Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM), Out in Business, Shades, Speakers Bureau and YATI.

Speakers for this forum include: Susan Saltzburg (social work and moderator); Debra Moddelmog (English, sexuality studies, DISCO); Bowen Marshall, BART (OSU Bias Assessment and Response Team); Marc Spindelman (Moritz College of Law); Mollie Blackburn (School of Teaching and Learning, sexuality studies and DISCO); Ruby Tapia (comparative studies, women’s studies, Latino/a studies); and Joe Ponce (English, Asian American studies, sexuality studies and DISCO).

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Box Office at (419) 995-8382