Poet, educator and civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni will speak April 15 on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.

Poet, educator and civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni will speak April 15 on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.

Giovanni will speak at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Gray Chapel, inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The event is free and open to the public.

Giovanni is a distinguished professor at Virginia Tech and the author of almost 30 books, including poetry, children's books and three essay collections. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, has received six NAACP Image Awards, was included on Oprah Winfrey's list of the country's 25 female living legends and - having grown up in the Cincinnati suburb of Lincoln Heights, Ohio- is an inductee of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

Her appearance at Ohio Wesleyan is sponsored by OWU's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the student group Sisters United.

For more information, call (740) 203-6908 or visit www. owu.edu.

SpringFest at Ohio Wesleyan University will bring three acts to campus on Friday, April 16.

The mashup artist Milkman - hip-hop dance and rock music producer Gregg Luskin - will open the 7 p.m. show at Gordon Field House, with rapper Ghostface Killah and Canadian Indie rock band Broken Social Scene to follow.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and are available online at www.TicketWeb.com.

Milkman was named "Hottest Mashup DJ of 2008" and "DJ to Watch Out For" by DJ Forum. His latest CD is "Circle of Fifths, released in March 2009.

Dennis Coles is Ghostface Killah, whose CD "Ghostdini the Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City" was released in September. He was with Wu-Tang Clan before he went solo.

Broken Social Scene is a group of Toronto-based musicians who also play solo and with other bands. Its fifth full-length album, "Forgiveness Rock Record," will be released in May.

OWU's SpringFest is an annual concert that draws nationally known acts. Gordon Field House is inside Branch Rickey Arena, 105 S. Sandusky St. For more information, visit www. owu.edu or call (740) 368-3185 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Ohio Wesleyan University has been chosen as one of 10 U.S. colleges and universities to participate in a new international initiative to increase the number of academic partnerships among institutions of higher education in the United States and India.

Participants in the International Academic Partnerships Program (IAPP) were announced recently by the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit organization that creates study and training programs for students, educators and professionals worldwide. Among the Institute's programs are the Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships, administered for the U.S. Department of State.

More than 75 institutions were nominated for the new initiative. In addition to OWU, other IAPP participants are California State University (San Bernardino), College of William and Mary, Florida Atlantic University, Oakland Community College, Spelman College, St. Cloud State University, University of Tulsa, University of South Carolina and Winston Salem State University.

Darrell Albon, OWU's director of international and off-campus programs, will be the university's representative for the initiative.

For more information, visit http://iocp.owu.edu/index.html.