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For Immediate Release

Sept. 25, 2008

Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

Ohio State Lima announces PALS events

Autumn quarter line-up includes drumming, music and education

The quarterly Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PALS) will showcase pianists, string quartets and drumming and take a closer look at nuclear weapons, cursing in America and the dangers of dating violence. All events are on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Lima and James A. Rhodes State College beginning in October.

All events are free and open to the public.

Hiuchi Taiko, group drumming

12:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 6, 2008, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Reed Hall

In 2006, Eric Paton formed Hiuchi Taiko (Hee-oo-chi tie-co). In Japan, Taiko is both an instrument with a long history and a young art form. Used for meditation, communication, and celebration since the fourth century A.D., it moved to the stage and became performing art in the 1950s. It is this dynamic Kumi daiko – group drumming – that draws upon the taiko and its place in the iconography of the Imperial Court, Buddhist ritual, and Shinto derived festivals, and traditional village life.

Deana’s Educational Theatre, Remote Control

12:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 9, 2008, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for Performing Arts in Reed Hall

Remote Control is a powerful program to educate male and female students about what they can do as bystanders to dating violence. The performance explores issues, attitudes, and beliefs about dating relationships, and incorporates skill-building exercises designed to encourage healthy decision-making. For more information, visit http://www.deanaseducationaltheater.org/

Dr. Timothy Jay, Cursing in America

12:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 22, 2008, in Science 100

A humorous yet serious analysis of why we need our dirty words, "Cursing in America" covers obscene speech from cradle to grave, from New York to Los Angeles, from the bedroom to the boardroom. Dr. Timothy Jay explains how cursing is an essential aspect of human language and lends insight into issues regarding cursing and the media, censorship, sex education, deviance, aggression, comedy, linguistics, gender, law human development, aging, education and abnormal psychology. Dr. Jay received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Kent State University where he pioneered research on how people understand taboo word expressions. He has published five books on language and has published numerous scientific journal articles and book chapters on cursing. Professor Jay has won the prestigious G. Stanley Hall Award from the American Psychological Association for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. 

Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, physicist, Loose Pakistani Nukes ­– An Imagined  Danger?

12:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 27, 2008, in Reed Hall 160

The government of Pakistan stoutly maintains that its nuclear weapons are under stringent safeguards and cannot be stolen or misused. Some important members of the US political establishment concur. So are commonly expressed fears real or imagined? What can be done to reduce nuclear dangers? Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy is chairman and professor of physics at Islamabad’s Quaid-e-Azam University, he has taught for more than 34 years. He holds a Ph.D in nuclear physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received numerous prizes for his scientific work and science education work. Dr. Hoodbhoy is also involved in social issues, such as women's rights, environment, education, and nuclear disarmament. In 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was invited to the Pugwash Council, and he is a sponsor of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He is a member of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists.

Graffe String Quartet

12:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 3, 2008, in Reed Hall 160

The Graffe String Quartet ranks among the best Czech quartets of the younger generation and was founded in 1997. The ensemble has performed the classical quartet repertoire as well as many world premieres of contemporary Czech and world composers. They have won several prizes from international competitions.

Dr. Laura Melton, Pianist

12:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 10, 2008, in Reed Hall 160

Dr. Melton is Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Bowling Green State University and Associate Professor of piano. She has been a prize winner in several major international competitions and is currently on the summer faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.

For program information please call Student Activities at (419) 995-8414 or the Box Office at (419) 995-8382.

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