The Loving Story – Screening & Discussion on Sept. 24th

OWU Libraries is proud to offer its third and final event in its grant series…

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

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Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries will host a screening of the film The Loving Story followed by a discussion on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  The film will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library.  The discussion, led by Associate Professor Ashley Biser and Associate Chaplain Chad Johns, will begin at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

About the Film:

Mildred and Richard Loving knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white. But they never expected to be woken up in their bedroom and arrested one night in 1958. The documentary brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.

About the Presenters:

Ashley Biser, Ph.D., is a political theorist whose research interests are in contemporary political theory, focusing on the works of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. At Ohio Wesleyan, she teaches courses in Democracy and Its Critics; Classical Issues in Political Theory; American Political Thought; and Political Theory, Science and Technology.

Chad Johns, D.Min., joined the OWU Chaplain’s Office in 2005. His academic interests include narrative identity, Trinitarian theology, and the intersections of theology with both science and sexuality. At OWU, he serves as director of the spring break mission week program, works closely with the campus gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, and has taught courses on the theological exploration of both speculative fiction and leadership and power.

About the Series:

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The film and discussion series aims to encourage communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in the U.S. and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American life:

Deeply grounded in humanities scholarship, the documentary films in the Created Equal series tell a remarkable story about the importance of race in the making of American democracy; about the power of individuals to effect change; and about the historical contexts in which Americans have understood and struggled with ideas of freedom, equality and citizenship. The films address events from the 1800s through 1965 in the United States. Each of the films was produced with NEH support and each highlights individuals who challenged the racial, social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

Contact Dee Peterson, Coordinator of User Services, at 740-368-3240 or with questions about local events.



Rojas Receives Grant for Digital Scholarship Project

Juan Armando Rojas, Ph.D., was recently awarded one of the Libraries’ Ohio Five Digital Scholarship grants, made possible through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The goal of Rojas’s project—Digital Map of the Poetics of Hispanic American Literature: An Interactive and Hermeneutical Exegesis—is to create the digital cartography of a Hispanic American anthology literary work and urban art, which will form an essential part of the curriculum in two Latin American novel courses: SPAN 360: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Mexican Literature and Popular Cultures, and SPAN 364: The Latin American Novel Within Its Revolutions, Cultures and Social Changes.

The digital map will be made available on a website where researchers, faculty members, and students from all over the world will be able to access it as a pedagogical and investigative tool. The book that will be the focus of the project is the anthology Sangre mía / Blood of Mine: Poetry of Border Violence, Gender and Identity in Ciudad Juárez that Rojas co-edited with Jennifer Rathbun, Ph.D. from Ashland University. Rojas is collaborating with instructional technologist David Soliday on the grant project and development of the interactive digital map.

Rojas’ project will add to the growing number of digital scholarship grants awarded to OWU faculty:

More information about the Ohio Five Libraries’ Mellon grant can be found on the project site: Digital Scholarship: Projects & Pedagogy.

THE Desk – Introducing Beeghly’s New Service Point

This summer we have made the move to combine our reference desk with our circulation desk to form “The Desk.”  Liaison librarians, circulation staff, and library student workers will now be working side by side in this central location to assist you with research, access to materials, and more.


Besides sharing a physical space, reference and circulation staff will also be sharing a new email address and phone number.



Phone: 740-368-3225


We are very excited about our merge and we hope you will find this new model more efficient and even easier to get the help you need at Beeghly Library.

IMPORTANT – OhioLINK Service Interruptions June 12th & 13th

The Libraries have been informed that all OH-TECH organizations, including OhioLINK, will be moving to a new data center. This move will require a significant outage of all OhioLINK hosted services for the following window:


Friday, June 12, 6pm – Saturday, June 13, 12pm (noon).


Services affected will include the Central Catalog, EJC, Databases, EBC and more. Please be sure to plan any usage of these tools and research accordingly. We will update you on any changes via the libraries’ blog.