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The 31st Annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture
Monday March 2, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Benes Rooms A & B, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center

Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland
. In the 60s, Cleveland suffered through violence, spiking crime rates, and a shrinking tax base, as the city lost jobs and population.  When the Cuyahoga River caught fire in the summer of 1969, the city was at tis nadir, polluted, and impoverished, struggling to set a new course.  Carl Stokes, the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city and his administration set new policies to combat pollution, improve housing and spark downtown development.  In this lecture, Dr. David Stradling, Professor of urban and environmental history at the University of Cincinnati, describes Stokes' attempt to save Cleveland.

The 30th Annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture

Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 7:30 Hamilton William Campus Center, Benes Room A and streamed live online at http://stream.owu.edu

Delaware's Whiskey War, 1874: Women, Power, and Public Space presented by Delaware native and a 2012 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus and current graduate student in history at Bowling Green, Tim Prindle will explore the course of the Women's Temperance Crusade including the cultural and political boundaries crossed by Delaware women to draw attention to the social and moral costs of alcohol. 
The 29th Annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture
Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 7:30 Hamilton Williams Campus Center, Benes Room C. 
Hometown Delaware: The Power of Place presented by Dr. E. Fred Carlisle, OWU Class of '56 and Delaware native. Dr. Carlisle grew up in Delaware and graduated from OWU.  He enjoyed a forty year career in higher education as both a professor and provost.  He is the author of four books, one about his father and Delaware: Searching for Ervin.


The 28th Annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture 

Thursday, April 12 @ 7:30 pm in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton Williams Campus Center. Ohio Wesleyan Professor Dr. Bob Gitter will present the 28th Vogel Lecture La Travesia  a Delaware y Columbus (The Journey to Delaware and Columbus): A Look At Mexican Migration to Central Ohio.

The 27th Annual Vogel Lecture

Ohio Wesleyan Assistant Professor of Geology-Geography David M. Walker, Ph.D., outlined his findings from research conducted in summer 2010 in the Morse Road corridor in his presentation “Immigrantification: Global Immigration and Landscape Changes – The Revitalization of the Morse Road Corridor in Columbus, Ohio.”

The transformation of an area of northern Columbus through an influx of Somali and Latino
immigrant-operated businesses was the topic of the Ohio Wesleyan History Department’s 27th Annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture, which seeks to promote a better understanding of area history.

Walker & Vogel
Drs. David Walker & Ezra Vogel

The 26th Annual Vogel Lecture

From civil rights marches to Vietnam War protests on and off college campuses, America in the 1960s was defined by public activism. Research historian and OWU alum (69) Pete Kakel, Ph.D., discussed the impact of this activism in his presentation “From Memory to History: Ohio Wesleyan in the Late 1960s" for the 26th Annual Vogel Lecture, held April 1 in the Hamilton Williams Campus Center.  

  Barb and Pete

Drs. Barbara Terzian and Pete Kakel

Established in 1985, the Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture Series was made possible by a generous gift from Professor Ezra F. Vogel, a distinguished alumnus of Ohio Wesleyan University ('50), native of Delaware, Ohio, and Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Vogel endowed the lecture series in honor of his parents for whom it is named and, as Professor Vogel put it, "to promote among Ohio Wesleyan faculty, staff, and students, a better understanding of Delaware and the surrounding area." Past speakers have included Dr. Richard Smith (Delaware County Politics During the Civil War Era), Dr. Ezra Vogel (Growing Up in Delaware in the 1930s and 1940s), and Judge Henry Shaw, Jr. (If the Court Please!).

25th Annual Vogel Lecture 

The 25th Annual Vogel Lecture, with guest speaker Dr. Barbara Terzian, was held Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 pm in the Hamilton Williams Campus Center.  The title of her lecture was "'Shades of Color': African Americans' Rights in 19th Century Ohio."   With the recent  presidential campaign and election of Barack Obama, issues about race and racial identity have been placed at the forefront of the national political dialogue.  Those issues have been recurring themes through out U.S. history and in her lecture Dr. Terzian examined the debates about them in 19th century Ohio.  She addressed the legal discrimination that Ohio's African-Americans faced, contested views about the social and legal construction of race, and the efforts of African-Americans to achieve legal equality in 19th century Ohio.

    The 24th Annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture was held Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 7:30 pm in the Benes rooms of the Hamilton Williams Campus Center. The guest lecturer was Delaware resident and local historian Ed Lentz, who addressed the rich history of Delaware in honor of the city's Bicentennial milestone, with a lecture entitled "Delaware: A Bicentennial Remembrance."

Barbara and Ed

Dr. Barbara Terzian and Mr. Ed Lentz

Dr. Vogel and wife 

Dr. and Mrs. Ezra Vogel

  Ezra with Joe and Richard

Joe Pennell, Ezra Vogel, Richard Smith

Jess and Scarlett

History Student Board members enjoyed the festivities

The 23rd Annual Vogel Lecture, with guest speaker Mr. Brent Carson, was held Thursday, February 8, 2007, at 7:30 pm in the Hamilton Williams Campus Center.The title of his lecture was "Stories I've Heard From the People I've Met—Life in Delaware, Ohio".

OWU faculty, staff, and students, as well as invited guests from the community, enjoyed the reception and dinner prior to Mr. Carson's lecture and clips from his DVD entitled "Beside Our Springs and Streams" with stories of the native Americans and early settlers of Delaware County.

Left to right: Mr. Brent Carson, Mrs. Betty Smith, Dr. Ezra Vogel, Dr. Richard Smith
Many community members enjoyed Mr. Carson's lecture
Student History Board members Beth Schopis, Jillian Snyder, and Dave Johnstone
Drs. Michael Flamm, Mark Huddleston, Mark Gingerich
Dr. Vogel enjoyed catching up with old friends—Dusky Reider and Joe Pennell

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The 22nd Annual Vogel Lecture was held Thursday, February 2, 2006  

Dr. Russ Coil of the Ohio State University was the guest speaker—his topic was "The Mysterious Disappearance of Pottersburg, OH: The Case of James Rhodes, Honda, and Globalization."

Dr. William Russell Coil

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