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March 30, 2016 | TWEET!




Linguistics Ranked 21st Worldwide by QS World University Rankings

The Department of Linguistics is ranked 21st worldwide and 4th among U.S. public universities by the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject, released March 22. The ranking reflects the department’s strong placement record for its more than 180 PhDs in both academia and industry since its inception in 1965. Published annually since 2011, the QS World University Rankings by Subject highlights top-performing institutions worldwide in a broad spectrum of individual academic areas. Linguistics’ undergraduate program for majors and minors is equally broad and rigorous. 

Donald Harris, 1931-2016

Donald Harris, internationally known composer, professor emeritus in the School of Music, founder of the Contemporary Music Festival and former dean of the College of the Arts, died Tuesday morning while under hospice care at Kobacker House in Columbus, surrounded by family and his wife Marilyn. Don would have been 85 next week. A celebration of his life and legacy will be held May 1 at 2 p.m. in Weigel Auditorium, with details to follow. For more information, go to


Open This End named Best Exhibition by Ohio Museum Association

The Arts Initiative’s 2015 exhibition Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne received the Ohio Museum Association’s award for Best Exhibition in the museums and galleries category with operating budgets under $500,000. The exhibition was on view at Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery, and 15th and High from August 25 to Nov. 7, 2015, featuring work from acclaimed artists of the past 50 years, including Andy Warhol, Mike Kelly, Cindy Sherman, Mark Bradford, Kehinde Wiley and more.

Communication Professor on Sexual Harassment Online

Jesse Fox, professor of communication, is lead author of a new study finding that sexual harassment is worse than other types of abuse online. Fox conducted the study with Wai Yen Tang, a communication graduate student. The researchers recruited women from online forums, blogs and social media sites for an online survey of experiences with trash talking and harassment in video games. Results online in the journal, New Media & Society and will appear in a future print edition.

PhD Candidate Receives Grant to Fund Research in Quebec

Elizabeth Willis, a PhD candidate in French in the Department of French and Italian, was awarded the Bourse Gaston-Miron grant from the Association Internationale des Études Québécoises and the Centre de Recherche Interuniversitaire sur la Littérature et la culture Québécoises. This $5,000 grant is offered to only one international applicant per year to pursue research on Quebec in the humanities or social sciences.


Food Drive for Mid-Ohio Food Bank: April 9

Join Buckeye Nation in supporting the Mid-Ohio Food Bank on Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Longaberger Alumni House. Drop off canned goods and other non-perishable food items, meet Ohio State celebrities and get a chance to win a giveaway. Mid-Ohio is in desperate need of the following: chili with beans, canned fruit, tuna, canned vegetables, canned meat, soup and peanut butter. Questions? Contact or 800-762-5646

New HR Website Improves Faculty and Staff User Experience

The Ohio State University’s Human Resources (HR) website is newly redesigned to improve user experience — making it easier to access important HR information. The new HR website has more engaging content, easy-to-find contact information and intuitive navigation. Explore at

Digital Scholarship Conversation Continues

On Feb. 25, faculty, staff and graduate students from seven different departments came together to begin a conversation on digital scholarship in the arts and humanities. How do we foster student engagement and enhance teaching and learning? What support is needed to make Ohio State faculty and students leaders in arts and humanities digital scholarship? Learn more about the results of this discussion. The Arts Discovery Theme provides up to $1,000 to departments and organizations interested in hosting conversations on the humanities and the arts and higher education. Learn more and apply.


Emerging Arts Leaders Innovation Summit

The Arts Initiative, Barnett Center and Emerging Arts Leaders Columbus present the Emerging Arts Leaders Innovation Summit, Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. at Urban Arts Space. This fast-paced event features five local arts leaders—from Grange Insurance, Cardinal Health, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, City of Columbus Public Health and The Sequentialist—sharing their insights with small groups in a “speed-networking” environment. RSVP requested.

The Vienna of Sigmund Freud and His Interpretation of Dreams

Paul Reitter, professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures and director of The Humanities Institute, presents, “The Vienna of Sigmund Freud and his Interpretation of Dreams," 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, at Urban Arts Space. The lecture is in conjunction with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s April 15-16 “Vienna 1900: Tradition & Modernism Festival.” The Subject Matter Series is presented by The Arts Initiative, CSO and Barnett Center. 

Paying College Athletes Panel

The Ohio State Sports and Society Initiative hosts sports writers, analysts and former athletes for two panel discussions on Paying College Athletes, Friday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Faculty Club. Panelists include Vince Doria, former ESPN news director; Joe Nocera, New York Times sports business columnist and author of Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA; Lawrence Funderburke, three-time All-Big Ten performer; Kelly Trent, former Ohio State golf coach; Kristin Watt, partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Voice of the Lady Buckeyes; and many more. RSVP is required, to Jenifer Rasor. Two book signings will also take place.


Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on Kasich's campaign outlines strategy for staying in the race, WSYX-TV, March 25.

John Mueller, professor, political science, on dealing with travel concerns following Brussels attacks, WSYX-TV, March 25.

Joanne Ruthsatz, assistant professor, psychology (Mansfield), on prodigies and their autistic relatives, Dallas Morning News, March 24.
Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), on how despite the jokes, blondes aren’t dumb, U.S. News & World Report, March 23. ALSO: The Conversation, March 22.


Through April 8

Department of Design Spring Exhibition
Urban Arts Space
Gallery Hours

March 31

Literacies Across the Curriculum
311 Denney Hall
11 a.m.

Lori Flores: Remembering Cesar Chavez and the Historic Struggles of Latino Farmworkers in the U.S.
115 Mendenhall Lab
5 p.m.

Mobile Coffee Conversation: Library Spaces as 21st Century Hubs for Experiential Learning
Ohio State University Hillel,
46 East 16th Ave. 
4:30 p.m.

Ohio State Jazz Ensemble
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

March 31 - April 3

39th Annual Jazz Festival
Weigel Hall Auditorium
Various Times

April 1

Faculty: The Ohio Jaztet
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Department of Design Exhibition Reception
Urban Arts Space
6-8 p.m.

April 2

College Jazz Band Day
Weigel Auditorium
10:00 a.m.

Headliner Jazz Concert:
Quamon Fowler, saxophone

Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

April 4 - 5

Black Lives/Writers Matter
Denney Hall 311
Various Times

April 4

Paul Staniland, Armed Politics
and the State in South Asia

1501 Neil Ave
3:30 p.m.

Jay T. Dolmage on Academic Abelism
and Eugenic Education

Ohio Union Founders Room, 
Ohio Union
4 p.m.

Daniel Goldmark, Musical Stereotyping 
of American Jewry in Early 20th-Century Mass Media

Room 205, 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

April 4 - 18
Myths of the Academy
Hopkins Hall Gallery,
128 N Oval Mall
Gallery Hours

April 5

Robin Brooks, Reactors, Russia-Centrism,
and U.S. Relations with Eastern Europe

1501 Neil Ave.
3:30 p.m.

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