The College of Arts and Sciences is Ohio State's academic and creative powerhouse that provides virtual opportunities to learn, network and expand your professional skills.

View videos of recent virtual learning events from the College of Arts and Sciences below.

The Pandemic is "A Portal"

November 23, 2020

Watch for a rapid-response town hall led by international thought leaders dedicated to addressing the emergent role of the arts and humanities in the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Frank Snowden, Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History and History of Medicine, Yale University
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Spoken-Word Artist, Modern Day Griot (African Storyteller), Sozo Artists

Theater on Broadway and in The Midwest

November 18, 2020

Watch experts Chris Jones, '86, '89, Chief Theater Critic at the Chicago Tribune, and Sarah Neville, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Creative Director of Lord Denney's Players, for a conversation about theater at Ohio State, throughout the Midwest and on Broadway.

The Future of Journalism with The Lantern

November 17, 2020

Watch alumni, students and faculty from the School of Communication and The Lantern for a conversation about the future of journalism.


  • Leonard Downie, BA Journalism '64, MA Journalism '65; Former Executive Editor and Vice President, The Washington Post
  • Jasmine Hilton, BA Journalism and Strategic Communications '21; Managing Editor, The Lantern
  • Spencer Hunt, Director of Student Media, The Lantern
  • Gerald Kosicki, Associate Professor, School of Communication; Chair, Journalism Studies Committee
  • Sam Raudins, BA Journalism '21; Editor-In-Chief, The Lantern

The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie: Read Aloud and Chat

November 16, 2020

Check out this reading and discussion of The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie with the author, Frederick Luis Aldama, Distinguished University Professor, Department of English and Director, Latinx Space for Enrichment & Research.

Election 2020: Understanding the Outcome

November 12, 2020

Watch this interdisciplinary conversation about the outcome of the 2020 election moderated by Executive Dean and Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter. Experts discuss the election's impact related to national and state politics, climate change, racial justice and COVID-19.


  • Paul Beck, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science
  • Korie Edwards, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Ian Howat, Director, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; Professor, School of Earth Sciences; Distinguished University Scholar
  • Elisabeth Root, Professor, Department of Geography and Division of Epidemiology

Book Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude

November 2, 2020

Watch November's Book Club conversation about One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.


  • Katherine Borland, Director, Center for Folklore Studies; Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Department of English
  • Ana Puga, Associate Professor in the Departments of Theatre and Spanish & Portuguese

Fake News and Media Literacy

October 29, 2020

Hear from students and faculty from The Lantern and the School of Communication for a conversation about media literacy.

Featured panelists:

  • Spencer Hunt, Director of Student Media, The Lantern
  • Max Garrison, B.A. Journalism and B.A. Public Management, Leadership, and Policy '22; Assistant Campus Editor, The Lantern
  • Nicole Kraft, associate professor, School of Communication
  • Sarah Szilagy, B.A. Journalism and Political Science '22; Campus Editor, The Lantern
  • Jeff Trimble, lecturer, School of Communication and Department of Political Science

Images and Power: Protest Photography and the Challenges of Representation

October 28, 2020

Watch this conversation about exposing the challenges of representation through protest photography as framed through One Voice, One Message: Black Lives Matter, an exhibition at Hopkins Hall Gallery.


  • Joshua Edmonds, Photographer/Videographer; Visual Media Specialist, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Daniel Marcus, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Wexner Center for the Arts; Lecturer, Department of History of Art
  • Gina Osterloh, Assistant Professor, Department of Art
  • Merijn van der Heijden, Director, Urban Arts Space
  • Larry Williamson, Jr., Director; Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center

Election 2020: Political Scientists in Conversation

October 21, 2020

Watch to listen to faculty experts from the Department of Political Science for a conversation about Election 2020. This open and educational discussion brings together thoughts and ideas about the upcoming election in November 2020.


  • Paul Beck, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science
  • Gregory Caldeira, Chair of the Department of Political Science, Distinguished University Professor, Dreher Chair in Political Communication and Policy Thinking
  • Thomas Wood, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Buckeyes Behind the Scenes: Coyote Peterson ’04, Brave Wilderness

October 14, 2020

This is a conversation with Coyote Peterson '04, Emmy-award winning host of Brave Wilderness on YouTube, with Janet Parrott, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre. Learn about Coyote's journey from studying video production at Ohio State to hosting Brave Wilderness, a YouTube channel with more than 17 million subscribers and 3.5 billion views worldwide.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 12, 2020

Ohio State experts have an insightful conversation about Indigenous Peoples' Day.


  • Melissa Beard Jacob, Ph.D., Intercultural Specialist for Native American and Indigenous Students
  • Daniel Rivers, Associate Professor, Department of History

Buckeyes Behind the Scenes: Screenwriting with Dana Greenblatt '97 and Holly Harold '87

October 9, 2020

Watch as College of Arts and Sciences alumni and faculty experts have an insightful conversation about screenwriting and the film and television industry.

  • Dana Greenblatt, BA Women's Studies ’97
  • Holly Harold, BA Communications ‘87
  • Scott Spears, Lecturer, Department of Theatre

Book Club: Song of Solomon

October 7, 2020

This is the fifth event in our Book Club series, hosted by Department of English faculty. We discuss Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.The featured books were the most popular titles selected by more than one hundred Department of English alumni in our “Top Ten Book List” survey.

Faculty Hosts:


  • Elizabeth Hewitt, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Andreá Williams, Associate Professor, Department of English and Interim Director, The Women's Place

The Space Behind Our Eyes: A Conversation About Mental Health

October 5, 2020

This is a conversation with College of Arts and Sciences and Urban Arts Space experts about exposing the reality of on-campus mental health as framed through the recent Me/We exhibition at Urban Arts Space.


  • Jeffrey Haase, Associate Professor, Department of Design; Coordinator, Interior Design undergraduate program
  • William Nickley, Assistant Professor, Department of Design
  • Merijn van der Heijden, Director, Urban Arts Space
  • Genevieve Wagner, Intern, Urban Arts Space; undergraduate student, Department of Art
  • Maya Jenkins, MFA candidate in Design Research and Development in the Department of Design and Graduate Research Associate for the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD).

Buckeyes Behind the Scenes: Tom Shelly '84, Steele Mill Productions

September 30, 2020

Enjoy this conversation with Tom Shelly '84, Emmy-award winning executive producer and showrunner, and Janet Parrott, associate professor in the Department of Theatre. Learn about Tom's journey from studying photography and cinema at Ohio State to producing television and film in Los Angeles.

Climate Change: Insights from History

September 24, 2020

A conversation with Department of History faculty about the historical context of climate change.


  • John Brooke, Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of History; Professor of Anthropology; Director, Ohio State University Center for Historical Research
  • Jennifer Eaglin, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  • Samuel White, Associate Professor, Department of History.

The Importance of Independent News

September 16, 2020

Hear from faculty, students and alumni from the School of Communication for a conversation about the importance of independent news organizations at universities. Learn about the critical work of The Lantern, the value of independent media and much more!


  • Spencer Hunt, Director of Student Media, The Lantern
  • Nicole Kraft, Associate Professor, School of Communication
  • Jack Long, B.A. Journalism '22; Managing Editor for Digital Content, The Lantern
  • Jay Ridgely Smith, B.A. Journalism '71; Retired President, Cox Newspapers Inc.
  • Mike Slater, Director, School of Communication

Book Club: Little Women

September 2, 2020

This is the Department of English faculty's fourth Book Club event. It is an informative discussion about Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.

The books were the most popular titles selected by more than one hundred Department of English alumni in our “Top Ten Book List” survey.

Event Hosts:

  • Robyn Warhol, Chair, Department of English and College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English
  • Susan Williams, Professor, Department of English

One Hundred Years of Women and the Vote

August 18, 2020

This year was the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. View this discussion of the legacy of enfranchisement, especially for women of color; the ongoing gender disparity in elected officials; and how history informs the 2020 election.


  • Susan Hartmann, professor emerita, Department of History
  • Treva Lindsey, associate professor, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Sarah Paxton, JD; PhD candidate, Department of History; Producer, Prologued podcast
  • Leticia Wiggins, PhD, Department of History; Multimedia Producer, WOSU Public Media

Performing the Museum: Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the Louvre

August 12, 2020

Our faculty experts have a conversation about The Carters’ "APES**T" music video, filmed at the Louvre, and the future of engagement in art museums.


  • Joni Boyd Acuff, associate professor, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy
  • Dana Carlisle Kletchka, assistant professor, Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy

Book Club: Beloved

August 5, 2020

This is the Department of English faculty's third Book Club event. The faculty-led discussion was about Toni Morrison's Beloved.

The books were the most popular titles selected by more than one hundred Department of English alumni in our “Top Ten Book List” survey.

Event Hosts:

Koritha Mitchell, associate professor, Department of English

Jim Phelan, Distinguished University Professor, Director of Medical Humanities and Director of Project Narrative

Effect of COVID-19 on Mobility

July 29, 2020

Faculty and industry experts have a conversation about the potential implications of COVID-19 on the design of our communities and various modes of transportation including air travel, personal vehicles, public transit, micro-mobility and ride-hailing services.


  • Chris Atkinson, Director, The Ohio State University Smart Mobility Program
  • Jennifer Clark, Professor and Section Head, City and Regional Planning
  • Harvey Miller, Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science; Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis
  • Sophia Mohr, Chief Innovation Officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority
  • Stephanie Morgan, Executive Director, Air Transportation and Aerospace Campus
  • Giorgio Rizzoni, Center for Automative Research, Ford Motor Company Chair, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

American Sign Language: Everywhere for Everyone

July 20, 2020

This is a webinar discussion about the American Sign Language program at The Ohio State University and beyond. Learn about the work of Certified Deaf Interpreter Marla Berkowitz, service-learning initiatives of the American Sign Language program and much more.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

July 14, 2020

Join Dr. Ruchika Prakash, director of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging, as she explains the definition of mindfulness, its key facets and her latest research on this topic.

Book Club: Middlemarch

July 1, 2020

This is the Department of English faculty's second Book Club event. It is a thought provoking discussion about George Eliot's Middlemarch.

The books were the most popular titles selected by more than one hundred Department of English alumni in our “Top Ten Book List” survey.

Event Hosts:

  • Aman Garcha, associate professor
  • Jill Galvan, associate professor

Microbiology’s Fight Against COVID-19

June 17, 2020

This is a virtual panel discussion featuring experts from the Department of Microbiology hosted by Michael Ibba, professor and chair. Learn about current research and response on COVID-19, and COVID-19 testing and public health concerns.


  • Michael Oglsebee, director, Infectious Disease Institute
  • Jeff Jahnes, director, Center for Applied Microbiology
  • Irina Artsimovitch, professor, Department of Microbiology
  • Matt Anderson, assistant professor, Department of Microbiology

Book Club: Pride and Prejudice

June 3, 2020

The Department of English faculty host the first Book Club event will a compelling conversation about Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

The books were the most popular titles selected by more than one hundred Department of English alumni in our “Top Ten Book List” survey.

Event Hosts:

  • Jamison Kantor, assistant professor
  • Clare Simmons, professor

Early Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Responses on Labor Markets

May 27, 2020

The Department of Economics discusses a range of ongoing research projects estimating the impact of COVID-19 and policy responses on the labor market.

Featured Speakers:

  • Rebecca McKibbin, postdoctoral researcher in economics, The Ohio State University; lecturer in economics, University of Sydney
  • Bruce A. Weinberg, professor of economics and public affairs, The Ohio State University

COVID-19 and Election 2020: Change and Stability In U.S. Electoral Politics

May 13, 2020

The Department of Political Science will take you through the various opportunities for change and stability in the 2020 election.

Tom Wood, assistant professor of Political Science; author, False Alarm: The Truth About Political Mistruth in the Trump Era (2020) and Enchanted America (2018)


  • Jon Green, graduate student in political science and co-founder of the think tank Data for Progress
  • Abigail Kielty, graduate student in political science working on misinformation and nature of appeals congressional elections
  • Kaitlin McClamrock, graduate student in political science working on misinformation, gender, and political attitudes
  • Sean Trende, PhD candidate, political science, and columnist for Real Clear Politics; author, The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs - and Who Will Take It (2012)

Pandemics: Past, Present, Future

May 7, 2020

From Plague to Influenza and HIV, learn about the history of global pandemics from Department of History faculty to better understand the current Coronavirus pandemic.


  • John Brooke, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History; professor of anthropology; director, Ohio State University Center for Historical Research
  • Jim Harris, lecturer, history
  • Thomas McDow, associate professor, history
  • Erin Moore, post doctoral research scientist, Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Kristina Sessa, associate professor, history