Please join us for these fall OBOC events, embracing diversity, overcoming barriers:

Friday, August 26, 2016, 1:30 – 3:00, starting in the SMC MPR: discussion of the play, Disgraced, during orientation


Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7:00 pm, in Marauder Courts (Student Memorial Center): One Book One Campus fall event — An Evening with Aasif Mandvi, followed by book signing. The event is free and no tickets are required.

Mr. Mandvi is well known for his work as a comedian and actor. He served as a correspondent on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is the producer of the series Halal in the Family.  Mr. Mandvi will discuss his current work and will reflect on his experiences playing the role of Amir in the New York debut of Disgraced.

Copies of the play Disgraced and Mandvi’s book No Land’s Man will be available for purchase.

Monday, August 29 – Thursday, October 6, Eckert Gallery, Winter Center: Lancaster Sound Map

The City of Lancaster’s Public Art Program commissioned Stuart Hyatt to create a “sound map” of Lancaster that goes beyond a traditional map to include stories and moments that reveal a deeper sense of place.  The resulting sounds and images were placed in this simple interactive web-based sound map and gallery, The Lancaster Sound Map (LSM).

Once this database of moments was collected and plotted on the map, Hyatt collaborated with FIELD WORKS—a music collective that explores place through recorded sound—to compose an album of original music. The album, Born in the Ear, unravels in an epic walk to unearth the diverse and layered stories of our city and county, weaving them into nine original music compositions. It will be released as a vinyl record, packaged with collaborative writings by Erik Anderson, a local writer, and artwork by local illustrator Courtland Ellis.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016,  7:30 pm, Ware Center: Wiesenthal: The riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond,” he devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Intelligent, funny, flawed, and noble, Wiesenthal was a universal hero. His unbelievable dedication and tenacity over decades is honored in this play, which gives equal weight to his wisdom and wit during his long, purposeful life. A free 20 minute Audience Perspective talk by a local scholar will begin 45 minutes before the performance to provide insight & perspective related to the performance. Seating is limited and not guaranteed.  For tickets, go to:

Saturday, October 15, 2016: deadline for submitting your proposal for Open Space (Open Space Project Application form). Open Space is a call for student artists, musicians, designers, singers, writers, spoken word artists, DJ, dancers, filmmakers, composers, theatre makers, DIY creative types, and anyone (individuals and groups) with a brave, creative spirit – to fill an empty physical space (art gallery, stage, or some totally untraditional venue including any spot outdoors) with original creative work, and earn a $500 stipend and up to $1500 to spend on materials and production.  The space is open for the realization of your artistic vision based on the organizing theme of “We The People.” This theme is drawn both from the fact that this is a Presidential election year but also from the One Book/One Campus Pulitzer Prize-winning one-act play Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar.  For more information, see the application form above. Good luck!

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