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President Emeritus Charles J. Ping
Ohio University Libraries will host Dr. Charles J. Ping, president emeritus of Ohio University, in the next edition of the Authors @ Alden series. Dr. Ping will discuss his recently published memoir, A Conversation about Ohio University and the Presidency,1975-1994, transcribed from a series of recorded videotaped interviews with Dr. Samuel Crowl, current trustee professor emeritus and former dean of University College, and Doug McCabe, Ohio University Libraries’ curator of manuscripts.
Dr. Ping served as Ohio University President for 19 years, making his presidency the longest in University history. Dr. Samuel Crowl with facilitate the event and discuss highlights from the book that documents Ping’s leadership and transformed OHIO into the University we know today.
View the recorded version of the original Kevin Haworth webcast on our YouTube channel.
Kevin Haworth, assistant professor of English at Ohio University discusses his personal approach to creative writing and how he uses library resources to develop and inspire his work.
His most recent book, “Famous Drownings in Literary History,” is a compilation of powerful short stories on modern Jewish American life. Haworth is also the author of The “Discontinuity of Small Things,” a story of the Holocaust set in Denmark in the summer of 1943. It was awarded the Samuel Goldberg Prize for best Jewish fiction by a writer under 40, and was the runner up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
View the recorded version of the original Carl Walker webcast on our YouTube channel.
Carl Walker, in collaboration with local historian Betty Hollow, is the author of “Soulful Bobcats: Experiences of African American Students at Ohio University. 1950-1960.”
Soulful Bobcats is a compilation of 18 personal narratives about life as an African-American student at Ohio University prior to the Civil Rights movement. The narratives explore the many challenges faced by African-Americans as they paved the way for diversity on a predominately white campus.
View the recorded version of the original Katherine Ziff webcast on our YouTube channel.
Local author Katherine Ziff discusses her research and her book, Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape. Much of Ziff’s extensive research on the Athens Lunatic Asylum was done through the asylum archives at the Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections at Alden Library. Katherine Ziff is a scholar of psychiatric history and asylums. Asylum on the Hill, published in 2012, is considered one of the most detailed accounts on the history as well as the revolutionary practices in psychiatry and patient care that took place at the Athens Lunatic Asylum.