University Life Events

Our university life program coordinates with partners across campus to generate a university-wide conversation on the COMPAS topic. University life activities have included partnerships with the Buckeye Book Community, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and many other units.

See below for events related to the 2016-17 theme of Inequality being held around campus this year!

Spring Semester

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library presents

Windows on Death Row

November 5, 2016 - March 12, 2017
Friends of the Libraries Gallery, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.
Windows on Death Row features over 70 works of art by famous American political cartoonists, as well as from a more unlikely source, death row inmates. Using art as a tool for social awareness, this exhibition opens a window into an often hidden part of the ongoing conversation about capital punishment – exploring the system through the eyes of the incarcerated. At a moment when our country is becoming ever more polarized regarding racial injustice and economic inequality, the questions that this exhibition raises could not be more timely. This traveling exhibit is presented by Patrick Chappatte, Anne-Frederique Widmann, and Anne Hromadka.
For a chance to meet the curators, be sure to check out an evening of exhibit programming on February 25, 2017.
Warning: Windows on Death Row contains content that may be inappropriate for children.

Wexner Center for the Arts presents

"I am Not Your Negro"

February 16, 17, 18, 2017 at 7:00p with an additional showing at 4:00p on February 18.
Wexner Center Film/Video Theater
“You’ll spend a kaleidoscopic and transporting 90 minutes living inside James Baldwin’s mind, coming thrillingly close to his existential perception of the hidden meaning of race in America.”—Variety
As vital a film as you’ll find in recent years, I Am Not Your Negro takes the 30 completed pages of James Baldwin’s final, unfinished manuscript and uses them to create a bracing and powerful film essay. The great Haitian director Raoul Peck (Lumumba) builds the film around those words, read beautifully by Samuel L. Jackson, that were originally meant for a book about the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Revealing Baldwin’s astute and prescient connections between past and present injustices, the film shows that the author’s insights are more necessary than ever. (93 mins., DCP)

The Ohio State Veritas Forum presents

The Future of Work – Technological Innovation, Economic Disruption, and Human Dignity

March 7, 2017, time TBA
Ohio Union
Join us in conversation as leading thinkers explore the unintended consequences of technological innovation on our society's most vulnerable workers. 
  • Bruce Weinberg, Professor of Economics and Public Administration, Ohio State
  • Joe Kaboski, Professor of Economics, Notre Dame
  • Michael Smith, Professor of Information Systems and Marketing , Carnegie Mellon 
With moderator, Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, Atlantic Magazine.

Fall Semester

First Year Experience: Success Series

"Successful first-year students at Ohio State are those who learn how to utilize resources, resolve problems and prepare themselves to take full advantage of their time on campus." The COMPAS program is pleased to collaborate with the Success Series by co-organizing events related to themes from this year's Buckeye Book selection.

Buckeye Book Community

Wes Moore, Author of The Other Wes Moore

October 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
Mershon Auditorium, Wexner Center for the Arts
"The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his."
Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence?
Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

For ticket information, please visit the Buckeye Book Community webpage.

National Issues Forums

As part of our Success Series offerings related to The Other Wes Moore, the Center for Ethics and Human Values is working with the non-partisan National Issues Forum Institute (NIF) to host a series of moderated online student forums on the topic of economic inequality. These moderated discussions for incoming OSU students will utilize the innovative Common Ground for Action program developed by NIF and the Kettering Foundation, which encourages participants to grapple with various policy options and hone skills for effective democratic communication. Students may sign up at the Success Series registration page.

COMPAS Sponsored Success Series Events

In addition to working with the Buckeye Book Community and National Issues Forum Institute, many of the events sponsored by COMPAS this fall are Success Series events:


Wexner Center for the Arts


Birth of a Nation: Discussion and Screening

Discussion: September 19, Mershon Auditorium
Screening: September 20, Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Prompted by extensive media coverage and commentary about The Birth of a Nation related—but not limited to—sexual assault charges filed in 1999 against Parker and his former college roommate (Jean McGianni Celestin, who shares a story credit on the film), the Wexner Center has invited esteemed colleagues from across The Ohio State University to engage in an informed dialogue about the multiple issues in the spotlight. The film will be screened at the Wex the following night.

Frederick Wiseman x 3

Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

“Frederick Wiseman is a keen analyst of institutions…The method and substance of his analyses, though, is the proof of his genius. Wiseman…doesn’t so much film institutions as discover them.”—Richard Brody, New Yorker

Do Not Resist (Atkinson, 2016)

November 18 - 19, 2016
Wexner Center Film/Video Theater
Examining the militarization of US police forces, Do Not Resist gives viewers a glimpse from the inside. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, first time filmmaker (but veteran cinematographer) Craig Atkinson rides along with SWAT teams, films a police training seminar, and heads to a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments. Winner of the Best Documentary prize at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Do Not Resist is a chilling state of the nation address. (72 mins., DCP)
More information will become available on the Wexner Center website in the coming weeks.

The Freedom to Marry (Eddie Rosenstein, 2016)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Wexner Center Film/Video Theater
A War Room-like chronicle on of one of the most transformative civil rights movements of our age, The Freedom to Marry is a compelling look at the grassroots and legal campaign to legalize same sex marriage.  Focusing on attorney and advocate Evan Wolfson, who many consider the leader of the movement, Freedom manages to capture all of the drama as the Supreme Court decision approaches even though the audience is aware of the outcome. (86 mins, DCP)
More information will become available on the Wexner Center website in the coming weeks.