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Arts and Sciences Forum examines role of universities in public life

Dr. Jan Cohen-Cruz, director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, will speak on “The Engaged University” at a College of Arts and Sciences Forum Feb. 25 in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Using as a case study a project called “HOME, New Orleans?” that contributed to rebuilding efforts while generating scholarship, compelling pedagogy and reciprocally valuable service, Cohen-Cruz will argue that the dual conceptions of academia as the ivory tower and engaged institutions are not mutually exclusive.

Cohen-Cruz is a University Professor at Syracuse University and formerly taught at New York University. She is a teacher of grassroots, socially grounded and activist art and the author of Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the U.S.

Her 12:30 p.m. talk is free; the noon, soup-and-salad luncheon preceding it is $7.50. Lunch reservations are due to Mary Hitt by Wednesday (Feb. 20) at or 2-2340.

Deadline is here to register as presenter at teaching, learning fair

Today (Feb. 18) is the last day for faculty and graduate assistants to sign up to present at the second annual Teaching and Learning Fair on March 14. See for more details.

Hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, the day is designed for the BGSU community to discuss student success through best teaching and learning practices, focusing on BGSU’s Learning Outcomes. Visit to sign up.

BGSU Opera Theater presents 'Orpheus in the Underworld'

The Opera Theater at the College of Musical Arts will present “Orpheus in the Underworld” by Jacques Offenbach at 8 p.m. Friday (Feb. 22) and 3 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 24).

The opera, to be sung in English, will be staged in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. 

Written in 1858, “Orpheus in the Underworld” is thought to be Offenbach's first classical, full-length operetta. Set in ancient Greece, it is based on the myth of Orpheus. The original myth is a tragedy, but Offenbach rewrote the libretto to be a comedy. 

Orpheus, according to the Greek myth, was heartbroken when his wife was bitten by a snake and taken to the underworld. In Offenbach's comical version, Orpheus is pleased to learn of his wife's death. It is only when public opinion forces him to pursue his wife that he attempts to save her from the underworld.

Tickets are $9 for students and senior citizens and $12 for other adults. On the day of the performance, ticket prices will be an additional $3 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Moore Musical Arts Center Box Office weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. or reserved by calling 2-8171.

BGSU site of state forum voting system review

BGSU will be the site Tuesday (Feb. 19) of a forum on the recent comprehensive review of Ohio's voting systems. The event will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Designed to solicit further public feedback, the BGSU event is one of four planned on college campuses around the state this week to discuss the findings of Project EVEREST (Evaluation and Validation of Election Related Equipment, Standards and Testing), Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner announced Feb. 14.

Leading the forums will be Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Nance and Dr. Patrick D. McDaniel, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Pennsylvania State University. McDaniel served as the principal investigator for Project EVEREST.

Caryl Crane Children’s Theatre opens season with ‘Stuart Little—The Musical’
Looking for an activity with your children for a gray winter’s day? The Caryl Crane Children’s Theatre will open its 22nd season next week with “Stuart Little—The Musical.” The children’s literary classic will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 29 and March 1, and at 2:30 p.m. March 2 in McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands. 
The musical adaptation of E.B. White’s classic tale about a little mouse thrust into a normal New York family further enhances the charming story of a determined underdog trying to survive in a “real-people’s” world. Ronna Frank’s score features such delightful songs as “Paddle Your Own Canoe,” “Feed Him Up,” “Size,” “Stuart Little” and “Nighttime in New York” (sung by a quartet of high-energy cats).
Dr. Jann Graham Glann will direct, choreograph and serve as music director for the familiar story of friendship and perseverance.
The box office will be open from 1-7 p.m. daily from Feb. 25-29; from 3-7:30 p.m. March 1, and from 1-2:30 p.m. March 2. Ticket prices are $4 for BGSU students, $5 for schoolchildren, $6 for senior citizens and $8 for other adults. Call 2-0747 for reservations. Special group rates are available for groups of 15 or more, payable in advance of the performance. For more information, contact Dr. Ron Ruble at 2-0642.

AAUW offers book scholarships to women

The Bowling Green Branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting applications for its annual book scholarship. Eligible are women enrolled in a higher education program who demonstrate financial need and are permanent residents of Wood County. Two $600 scholarships are available.

Applicants must have completed at least one year of study in a degree program. Preference will be given to nontraditional female applicants who have returned to school to retrain or to begin or finish a degree, and who use Wood County as their permanent address.

Applications must be received by March 14. The application form for the 2008-09 AAUW Book Scholarship is available at Application 1.

February 18, 2008