"Love Life," an exhibition of poems and paintings by Fred Andrle and Karen Snouffer, will be on display Sept. 26 through Jan. 6, 2014, in Gallery 2001 in Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

'Love Life' on exhibit at Beeghly Library

"Love Life," an exhibition of poems and paintings by Fred Andrle and Karen Snouffer, will be on display Sept. 26 through Jan. 6, 2014, in Gallery 2001 in Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

Andrle is an associate at the Ohio State University Humanities Institute and former host of WOSU radio's "Open Line." Snouffer is an associate professor of studio art at Kenyon College.

Gallery 2001 hours coincide with library hours.

Author Lopez to give speech Oct. 2

Author and essayist Barry Lopez will discuss "The Writer and Social Responsibility" at Ohio Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Lopez also will hold a book signing at the free, public event, to be held in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

The program is part of OWU's 2013 Sagan National Colloquium, "Interdisciplinary Impacts of Climate Change." Lopez's works include the National Book Award-winner Arctic Dreams, About This Life and Of Wolves and Men, among others.

'Syria Crisis' to be Oct. 1 lecture topic

Magnus Petersson, a professor of modern history at The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies in Stockholm, Sweden, will discuss "America's Syria Crisis: A View from Europe" at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Room 312 of Ohio Wesleyan University's R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The event is free and open to the public.

From 1998 to 2008, Petersson was a lecturer, head of research and development and director of studies at the Swedish National Defence College. During 2012-2013, he was a visiting professor at Boston University's Department of International Relations.

Petersson has published many books and articles on Nordic security, defense transformation and transatlantic relations. Most recently, he co-edited NATO's European Allies: Military Capability and Political Will with Janne Haaland Matlary, former state secretary for foreign affairs of Norway. The book was released in February.

For more about Petersson's visit, go to is.owu.edu.

OWU prof's play is true Civil War story

Ohio Wesleyan University sophomore Margot Reed plays Emma Edmonds in professor Bonnie Milne Gardner's play about a woman who claims to have fought in the Civil War. The Secret War of Emma Edmonds opens Oct. 4.

A play written by Ohio Wesleyan University professor Bonnie Milne Gardner will debut in OWU's Chappelear Drama Center Oct. 4.

The play, The Secret War of Emma Edmonds, is based on a true story. In 1882, Sarah Emma Edmonds, 40, applied to the U. S. Department of War for a military pension. She claimed she had earned it 20 years earlier as Union Army soldier Frank Thompson of the 2nd Michigan Infantry Regiment.

Were her claims true? Some people believed Edmonds' story and considered her a hero while others dismissed her as a braggart and a fraud. Gardner, a 1977 OWU graduate who joined the university faculty in 1985, said the mystery was what drew her to Edmonds' story.

To ensure the authenticity of the production, Gardner and the Department of Theatre and Dance contacted historical societies, Civil War experts and professional re-enactors for information and insights on a myriad of details.

The play is directed by Kerry Shanklin, an Equity actor and a 1970 OWU graduate. Edmonds is played by sophomore Margot Reed of Brooklyn, N.Y. Costume design is by Jacqueline Shelley; the set and lighting designs are by D. Glen Vanderbilt. OWU senior Margaret Knecht is serving as stage manager.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for OWU employees and non-OWU students and senior citizens. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid ID. Call the Department of Theatre and Dance from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. at 740-368-3855. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Chappelear Drama Center is at 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. For more information about The Secret War of Emma Edmonds and other 2013-2014 Department of Theatre and Dance productions and concerts, visit theatre.owu.edu.

Historian Allen C. Guelzo, author of the New York Times bestseller Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, will discuss "Gettysburg: the Waterloo of the Rebellion" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The program is the 2013 Richard W. Smith Lecture in Civil War History. For more information, visit history.owu.edu.