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March 24, 2014 : Two Cultural Events Fill OUL’s Wagner Theatre
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – Celebrate Women and WOUB’s premiere screening of “Our Town: Lancaster” made Ohio University Lancaster’s Wagner Theatre the place to be on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, internationally-known media educator, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, was the keynote speaker during this year’s Celebrate Women conference.  Kilbourne spoke to the crowd of about 400 people about her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising, and how women are represented in advertising.kilbourne 2
“We never see an image of a woman today in advertising that has not been Photoshopped,” said Kilbourne.
There were several panels throughout the day-long event dealing with the role of women in today’s society and social issues facing women in 2014.  One of the panels called ‘Standing Out: Achieving Career Success” featured Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs and OhioLINK Executive Director Gwen Evans.
“I’m in a room with more women right now than I may be during a whole year,” said Jacobs.
jane johnsen award winner 2The Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter Executive Director Suzanne Pelletier-Walker was given the Jane Johnsen Outstanding Women’s Advocacy Award.  The award honors a member of the Ohio University or Fairfield County communities who has made significant contributions in the advocacy and awareness of women’s issues. 
On Saturday night, the Wagner Theatre filled again for WOUB’s premiere screening of “Our Town: Lancaster.” The documentary tells the story of the city from its beginnings to present day. About 450 people attended the event.woub sign
The hour-long program told the story of Lancaster – the entire history of the city and talked about many of its famous citizens. It also showcased the town’s special areas and events. Lancaster is the first southern Ohio city to be featured in the new television series.
The program featured numerous community members who attended the premiere screening. Ohio University Lancaster was the Presenting Sponsor for the documentary.
 “Ohio University Lancaster is very proud to host this event and be a presenting sponsor of this documentary,” said Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith. “It is part of our mission to bring arts and cultural events to campus so as to expand the horizons of our students and to continue to enrich the lives of people in our community.”
The documentary will air on WOUB Television tonight for the first time at 8 p.m.