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Story Ideas for Media 11/10/08


Ohio State announces partnership with UK’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
Ohio State has announced a partnership with the UK’s Royal Shakespeare Company. President E. Gordon Gee calls the international partnership one of the university’s most important initiatives, an opportunity for two world-class institutions to come together to create a premier program for the study, teacher training and production of Shakespeare. One of the predominant components of the partnership will be a three-year teacher education program centered upon the Royal Shakespeare Company's renowned “Stand Up for Shakespeare” program. This graduate-level enterprise will enrich Ohio public school teachers’ ability to teach Shakespeare effectively to children at various grade levels, and is expected to embark in summer 2009. CONTACT: Victoria Ellwood, (614) 292-6299 or osuarts@osu.edu


Survey: Ohioans favor farming, but food safety concerns rise.
Although Ohioans continue to feel positive about farming's contribution to overall quality of life, their anxiety about food safety continues to rise.
That’s significant, because concerns about the economy appear to have overshadowed other types of concerns that respondents were asked about in the 2008 Ohio Survey of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Issues.
“Of all of our data points since we began doing this survey in 2002, the one about food safety concern is the one that jumps out as something that is steadily increasing,” said Jeff Sharp, associate professor in rural sociology who coordinates the implementation of the biennial survey. “There's something going on there.” Highlights of the survey are at http://ohiosurvey.osu.edu/publications/general.html. CONTACT: Jeff Sharp, Human and Community Resource Development, (614) 292-9410, sharp.123@osu.edu


Calendar note
– In observance of the Veterans Day Holiday (11/11), Ohio State is closed and classes are cancelled.

Susan Faludi will deliver lecture – Nov. 13. Susan Faludi, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and best-selling author will visit Ohio State as part of the university’s Diversity Lecture & Cultural Arts Series with a presentation on “The Heart of the Matter: How Feminism Explains America.” Faludi will speak at 4 p.m. on Thursday (11/13) in the auditorium of the Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. In her most recent book, “The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America,” Faludi examines the post-9/11 age in the media, popular culture and political life. As a journalist, she wrote for The New York Times, Miami Herald and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. CONTACT: The Ohio State University Office of Minority Affairs, (614) 292-4355 or oma-main@osu.edu.

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