Slavery and Human Trafficking: A Film Screening & Discussion at OWU Libraries

slavery-by-another-name-coverAs part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries will host a screening of the film Slavery by Another Name followed by a discussion of slavery and modern-day human trafficking on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  The film will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library.  The discussion, guided by OWU faculty members Dr. Barbara Terzian and Dr. David Eastman, will begin at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience. As an alternative to attending the screening of the film in person, free streaming copies of the film are available online: Slavery by Another Name.

Dr. Terzian is a specialist in U.S. legal and women’s history. Her research focuses on Ohio’s constitutional history in the 19th century, particularly as it affected African-Americans and women. Dr. Terzian, an experienced civil rights attorney, authored Ohio’s Constitutions: An Historical Perspective in the Cleveland State Law Review and ‘Let Us Agitate’: Woman Suffrage at Ohio’s Constitutional Conventions, 1850-1913, in The History of Ohio Law.

Dr. Eastman teaches courses in New Testament, Christian history, and western religions. He is active in scholarly research and service. His first book was on the early Christian veneration of the apostle Paul (Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West, 2011). His second book is due to be published in spring, 2015: The Deaths of the Apostles: Ancient Accounts of the Martyrdoms of Peter and Paul (Latin, Greek, Syriac). Dr. Eastman is a strong advocate for improving the situation of children around the world, especially through efforts to eliminate human trafficking.

The discussion and film series are made possible through Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as a part of the larger Bridging Cultures programming initiative of the NEH. Created Equal aims to bring diverse communities together to explore the history of civil rights and the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America through selected documentaries, which include The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders.

Deeply grounded in humanities scholarship, these films 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 documentaries 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 Catherine Cardwell, Director of Libraries, at 740-368-3246 or with questions about local events.


New Issue of Eight Bits: OH5 Digital Scholarship News

The latest issue of Eight Bits, the digital newsletter for the Ohio 5 with news and updates on issues related to digital scholarship relevant to the the Five Colleges of Ohio, is now available.


This issue includes a nod to a new project led by OWU religion professor Dr. David Eastman. This project will involve the development of a web-based interface that will allow students and researchers to explore times and locations at which we have documentation of early Christian persecutions. The project will be tied to Dr. Eastman’s honors course looking at early Christian martyrdom and persecution.

For any students interested in religion and technology, we are currently seeking a student assistant to help develop the website for this project and to eventually offer technical guidance to students in Dr. Eastman’s honors course who will be populating the site with their original research. Interested students can view details and apply here:

Ebooks at the Library – A Faculty Workshop

Workshop: Ebooks at the Library: Finding, Reading, and Sharing On Your Own Device
Location: The ICEcube in Beeghly Library
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time: Noon
Register: Register now by contacting Bonnie Mahle at Boxed lunches will be provided to those who register before Monday, December 1.

"ebook" by Daniel Sancho is licensed under a CC BY 2.0

ebook” by Daniel Sancho is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Would you like to be able to find and access scholarly ebooks on your device more easily, or easily share readings from ebooks with your students? Join librarian Ben Daigle at noon on December 5th in the ICEcube at Beeghly Library for a workshop on finding scholarly ebooks, downloading them for online or offline reading on your preferred device, and sharing readings with your classes through Blackboard, E-Reserves, or course-specific LibGuides.

Register now by emailing Bonnie Mahle at Boxed lunches will be provided to those who register by Monday, December 1st.

Bring your questions, suggestions, and devices!

OWU Libraries Instagram Contest – Win Two Tickets to the Strand Theater

@emilygattozzi Lucky librarian find. #owulibraries

Lucky librarian find. #owulibraries

Become an OWU Libraries featured follower on Instagram and win two free tickets to the Strand Theater. Here’s how:

  1. Take a photo in or around the Beeghly Library, Hobson Science Library, or Kinnison Music Library
  2. Post it to Instagram and tag your photo with #owulibraries
  3. Follow @owulibraries on Instagram

Each month, we will select one featured Instagrammer to feature on the library’s website and Facebook page and give away two free tickets to the Strand Theater.

To enter you must be a current OWU student, faculty, or staff member.

Good luck!

Store Your Stuff: Lockers Available in Beeghly Library

Have a huge research project and can’t or just plain don’t want to carry those books all over campus? Beeghly Library has several options to meet this need.

Lockers on Lower Level

Lower Level

Firstly, we still have plenty of available locker space in the lower level, for use all year long.



24/7 Space: Long Term

Secondly, we have new lockers in the 24/7 Bashford Lounge, for use each semester.




24/7 Space: 3-Day

And lastly, for that surprise project, we have a handful of express lockers that can be used for three days at a time.



All of the lending details, as well as the application form can be found at

Eight Bits: An Ohio 5 Digital Scholarship Flyer


In addition to coordinating the active and proposed digital projects under the Mellon funded initiative Digital Scholarship: Projects and Pedagogy, our Mellon Digital Scholar for the Ohio Five Colleges Dr. Jacob Heil has launched Eight Bits, a new digital flyer covering projects, readings, and events relevant to the digital work happening in our consortium.

Check out the inaugural issue Eight Bits online, and if you like what you see, consider subscribing to receive future issues via email.

iPad Airs Available for Check Out in Beeghly Library

ipadBeeghly Library now has three iPad Airs available for check out at the front desk!

  • Like laptops, iPads require a valid OWU ID card for check out and have a loan period of 4 hours
  • iPads are available on a first come, first served basis
  • No renewals are allowed
  • Overdue fines will be assessed if returned after the time due. If an iPad is lost, damaged or stolen, the borrower will be charged replacement and processing fees.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What happens if I buy apps?
They will be charged to your iTunes account and left on the iPad you were using. They will later be deleted from that iPad by subsequent users or library staff during maintenance. If you think there are apps we should have on the iPad, let us know!

2. How do I sign out of my iTunes account?
Settings/Store/Select your username/Sign Out