Every Picture Tells a Story

Haitian Empowerment Project + Dance Uptown + Stir Symposium + Celebrating Cultural Connections + Global Gateway


Molly Farrell in Haiti.

Molly Farrell, assistant professor in English, collects oral history narratives in the Noailles tent community in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Farrell said, This experience is all about learning together. We’re here to listen to their stories, share intellectual resources and initiate a dialogue that will allow us to commit to education in Haiti and OHIO STATE.

Learn more about the Haiti Empowerment Project.


Dance Uptown dancers.

Experience dancing and drumming, rock and hip-hop at Dance Uptown. The popular spring concert is coming back to campus May 26 and 27. Live performance featuring works by internationally-known choreographers at Ohio State’s top-rated Department of Dance. Advance tickets are available through the Ohio State Theatre Box Office and the Wexner Center for the Arts.


Stir logo.

Graduate students in the Department of Design have envisioned an inspiring weekend event – the Stir Symposium – that will allow participants from many disciplines to collaborate, think, and discover new ways to approach big global issues.

The October 7-9 event, to be held at the Ohio Union, will explore topics such as education, conservation and sustainability, food production and agriculture, transportation, and community/city planning. Stir organizers have issued a call for papers, with a July 1 deadline. Arts and Sciences faculty members,  graduate students, and alumni are invited to participate.

Full details, registration information and more are on the Stir website.


Semi-transparent pictures of Berlin laid over each other.

The Global Gallery, an innovative visual forum sponsored by the World Media and Culture Center, presents online exhibitions and images in the Hagerty Hall lobby. It celebrates diversity and how the differences in cultures can never outweigh the commonalities and the importance of connecting with people.


Elliot Stone, Darrilyn Macklin, and Tessa Xuan.

Elliot Stone, a first-year student studying international relations; Darrilyn Macklin, a first-year student majoring in Chinese; and, Tessa Xuan, a third-year biochemistry major (left to right) are looking forward to their first trip to China this summer.

They are three of the 13 students joining East Asian Languages professor Mark Bender on a month-long “Global Gateway” study abroad program, where they will explore the diverse and dynamic mix of ethnic, rural and urban cultures in southwest China. The program is based at the Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu.

Ohio State recently opened the China Gateway, its first international office, in downtown Shanghai. The center will increase opportunities for collaborative research and educational partnerships for faculty, students, and alumni.
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