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June 13, 2017 : Alumni College Event Returns to Ohio University Lancaster July 26th



NewAlumniCollegeOhio University Lancaster’s Alumni College returns for a summer session after its successful inaugural event in January. Fellow Bobcats and friends are invited to a “classes without quizzes” program filled with fun and intellectual discussions as well as an exclusive meet and greet with members of the Ohio University Lancaster Summer Community Theatre and cast of Grease. There is also a networking session and reception hosted by the OHIO Alumni Association with fellow alumni, friends and faculty.


The free event is open to all Ohio University alumni and friends in Brasee Hall, July 26 from 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Admission is free but RSVPs are required. Register online: by July 25th.


Alumni College, first introduced on the Athens campus of Ohio University, provides alumni and friends returning to OUL’s campus the unique opportunity to be students again and features a variety of short lecture courses for attendees where faculty and research communities are showcased. Alumni and friends will have a chance to listen to the presentations and engage in discussions with the presenters. Faculty talks include:


Remembering Watergate: Nixon’s Crimes in His Own Words

-Mark Nevin, PhD

In August 1974, President Richard Nixon, who faced certain impeachment as a result of his involvement in the assorted crimes and misconduct known as Watergate, resigned from office. Four decades have passed since Nixon’s resignation and today many Americans may be unfamiliar with the greatest political scandal in American history. But with the threat of impeachment menacing the Trump presidency, we would do well to remember the exact nature of Nixon’s crimes. During the presentation, we will examine the three conspiracies at the heart of Watergate and listen to the most damning evidence of Nixon’s guilt—his own words captured by his secret taping system.


"Our Own Private Traps": Identification and the Troubled Mind in Psycho, the Novel and Film

-Matt Wanat, PhD

More than an influential horror film, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is a masterpiece of audiences' identification with troubled characters at moral crossroads. Much of Hitchcock's suspense and human drama comes from his ability to put us, his audience, in uncomfortable positions of identifying with psychologically troubled characters and their moral transgressions. Through the director's lens we penetrate what Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) calls these characters' "own private traps." We will discuss Hitchcock's use of mise en scene and editing to encourage audience identification. Further, we will consider some broader implications of film’s and literature’s separate techniques for drawing us into the troubled psyches of others.


For more information, please contact Heidi West at (740) 681-3346 or