* Writer Michael J. Rosen and illustrator Stan Fellows will speak at The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 as part of this school year’s Wilkin Event Series, which is focusing on visual literacy. Their presentations, collectively titled, “Do You See What I See? Transforming Experience Onto Pages,” will be free and open to the public.
The two will entertain audiences with stories about what goes into the art of children’s picture books, including talent, history, prejudices, personal experience, curiosity and fear. Through visual examples and short readings, they will reference the several books they’ve created together, which include “The Dog Who Walked with God,” “The Cuckoo’s Haiku and Other Birding Poems” and “The Tale of Rescue.”
* As tensions ease between the U.S. and Cuba, Otterbein University is stepping up to tell the story of the complex neighboring nation. Through an initiative called Opening Doors to the World, Otterbein will share the artistic achievements of the Cuban people and encourage critical dialogue about Cuba’s history from Jan. 11-May 1.
According to Provost Miguel Martinez-Saenz, “Otterbein University hopes to tell a story that shows our students and our surrounding community that they must always resist telling and believing ‘a single story.’ Adopting a visual arts exhibition titled An Island Apart, combining it with panels on Cuban social and political history, with panels on doing business in Cuba today and culminating with a celebration and performance by one of Cuba’s premiere composers and jazz pianists, José María Vitier, we hope those who are fortunate enough to experience all our programming will come away resisting ‘a single story.’”
Otterbein is able to bring Opening Doors to the World to life through partnerships, including a federal Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Otterbein was announced as a recipient of the NEA grant on Dec. 8.
* Otterbein will welcome award-winning investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist Amy Goodman to campus from Feb. 22-23, 2016, as the Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecturer. Goodman will give a public address on the role of independent media in promoting social change, peace and justice at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, in The Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. The lecture will be followed by a book signing at 9 p.m. in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St. Both events are free and open to the public.
Free tickets will be available to the Otterbein students, faculty, staff and alumni starting Jan. 19. Free tickets will be available to the public starting Feb. 9. Seating will be assigned and there is a limit of two tickets per person. Tickets are available at the Cowan Hall Box Office, (614) 823-1109.
While on campus, Goodman will tape an episode of her show, Democracy Now!, at Otterbein’s television studio, and meet with classes.
Goodman serves as host of Democracy Now!, airing on more than 800 public television and radio stations worldwide. She is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” The Independent of London called Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration,” and pulsemedia.com has placed her at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures list.