By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University has announced its January 2024 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.

Noon Jan. 15 – The 31st annual MLK Celebration, in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for the hour-long commemoration that begins at noon. Hasan Jeffries, Ph.D., associate professor of history at The Ohio State University and author of “Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt,” will serve as the keynote speaker. Tracy Townsend, WBNS-10TV “Wake Up CBUS” news anchor and medical correspondent, will serve as emcee. The event will include refreshments, a performance by the Columbus Adventist Academy Children’s Choir, directed by Tamaria Kulameka, and a spoken word presentation by OWU senior Tymir Hill. Individual breakfast tickets are $25 and event sponsorships are $240 for a table of eight. Proceeds support the Delaware County MLK Scholarship Program. Tickets may be purchased online until Jan. 8 by visiting https://bit.ly/EmbracingChange2024. For more information, visit owu.edu/MLK.

Jan. 17 through March 24 – “Move: Mobility, Migration, and Belonging,” at Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibition of work by significant local and regional artists is curated to coincide with OWU’s first-year seminar, “How to Change Your World.” The course explores a pressing issue in contemporary life. The Ross Art Museum’s companion exhibit showcases artistic practices that consider how water has affected movement and belonging across history, place, and species. During the academic year, the 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. It will be closed for winter break from Dec. 17 through Jan. 16, 2024; and for spring break from March 9 through March 17, 2024. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

7 p.m. Jan. 27 – OWU senior recital featuring Rachel Madore, soprano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

7 p.m. Jan. 28 – OWU senior recital featuring Noelle Weaver, soprano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

All Ohio Wesleyan public event information is subject to change. For the latest updates, visit owu.edu/calendar or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews. For more Battling Bishop athletics events, visit battlingbishops.com.

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