Author and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu will discuss "What Is an Immigrant, What Makes an American?" on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Author and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu will discuss "What Is an Immigrant, What Makes an American?" on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The program, which is part of the 2009 Sagan National Colloquium series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Room of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

Codrescu, a poet, novelist, essayist, teacher and lecturer, was born in Romania and came to the United States in 1965. He became a U.S. citizen in 1981. The most recent of his more than 40 books is "The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess," which The Los Angeles Times called "a veiled autobiography."

The theme of this year's colloquium series is "Renewing America for a Global Century: From Theory to Practice at Ohio Wesleyan University." The series will conclude Nov. 10, when Bonnie Honig, a political science professor at Northwestern University and a research professor at the American Bar Foundation, delivers the program "Walt Whitman and the (Im)possibility of Renewal." Honig will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center's Benes Rooms.

Eight Ohio Wesleyan University students will sing madrigals by an early opera composer at three Opera Theatre performances in Sanborn Hall's Jemison Auditorium, 23 Elizabeth St.

"The Monteverdi Project," a contemporary, multi-media staging of the madrigals, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 and 7 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8. Tickets are $7 general admission, and $5 for senior citizens, students with valid identification and OWU employees.

Madrigals from Claudio Monteverdi's Book 7 "Concerti" and Book 8 "Madrigals of Love and War" will be sung in the original Italian without musical accompaniment. Monteverdi composed the music during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

Opera Theatre music director is Jason Hiester, an OWU assistant professor of music. The stage director is Tim Veach, artistic director of Columbus Dance Theater and an adjunct faculty member.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Sanborn Hall, home of OWU's Department of Music. The occasion is being celebrated throughout the year with "100 Random Acts of Music," unscheduled and unannounced performances by singers and musicians throughout the campus and the Delaware community.

To reserve seats for "The Monteverdi Project," call (740) 368-3700.

Lara Kretler, associate vice president and social media lead of Columbus-based Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations, will speak at Ohio Wesleyan University on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

"The Impact of Social Media on Advertising, Marketing and Everything We Know" is the title of Kretler's presentation, which will begin at 3:10 p.m. in the Bayley Room of OWU's Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave.

Kretler's appearance is part of the Inside Advertising speakers program of the Advertising Educational Foundation. The program sends high-level advertising and marketing executives to colleges and universities across the country to discuss the advertising process, its place in the social and economic structure, and the issues surrounding it.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by OWU's Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship.