Educational Hours available this quarter!

Part of being an active member in The Empower Campaign, OU Student Chapter, is attending two hours of an educational programs/events on campus. These education events can range from the OU Performing Arts Series to conferences in the African Studies Department to the weekly forums led by the International Studies Department.

This quarter, there are a few upcoming educational events. The information is listed below and if you’ve attended one of these events, please leave a comment and let Empower OU know you were there and what you thought of it!

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
Brought to you by the student-run theater troupe Lost Flamingo Company.

When: 8 p.m. today
3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6
8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7

Where: Baker Theatre, 2nd floor of Baker Center

Admission: $5

Béla Fleck — The Africa Project
Béla Fleck is a Grammy-award-winning banjo player. He traveled to Africa for seven months and the collaborations with African musicians resulted is his latest album, The Africa Project. The album was recorded in Tanzania, The Gambia, Mali and Uganda (where The Empower Campaign works).

When: Thursday, Feb. 18

Where: Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

Admission: Student tickets are $18



  1. I attended the Vagina Monologues this past Sunday, the 7th at the Baker Center Theater. I didn’t know what to epect from it, but I was very impressed with the performance that the Lost Flamingo Company put on. I liked how the show was funny, but also brought awareness to the audience about abuse. Overall, I really enjoyed the show and would recommend it to anyone.

  2. On Sunday Feb. 7th, i attended the Vagina Monologues put on by the Lost Flamingo Company. I hadn’t heard much about the show so i didn’t know what to expect. I found the performance to be very entertaining. It portrayed many different eperiences that women face and brought awareness about abuse to the audience. I thought it was an effective and eye opening production.

  3. The Vagina Monologues were very dynamic and insightful! They described women of various backgrounds and experiences. In particular, there was a skit about a young, fifteen year old girl from Africa who went on holiday for two days and did not come home for two years because she was taken by a solider of the country. The solider raped her during this time and made her pregnant. Due to her strength, she escaped and was able to free herself and her child when she was seventeen years old. It was a heart-wrenching true life story. Her experience brought about an awareness of these sad events that still occur. The story was insightful and made me more aware and passionate toward the cause of helping the people of Africa.

  4. I went to Bela Fleck last night and it was INCREDIBLE. It was so much fun and the audience was so receptive. I found myself cheering the whole time! Bela Fleck described his journey to Africa and tracing the banjo back to Africa. Last night, Bela brought some extraordinary musicians from Tanzania and Mali. The blind “thumb-pianist” from Tanzania was absolutely remarkable and you could tell how much fun he was having. Everyone on stage was having such a good time! The band from Mali was SO fabulous. The African banjos had such an incredible quality to the sound and it was so refreshing to hear such incredible music. Amy Sacco, “The Tina Turner of Mali”, had a hauntingly beautiful voice with such a unique tonality. I especially loved watching the one man playing the drum that looked like a round hollow piece of wood. The night was filled with extraordinary music and was so much fun. Bela Fleck was so remarkably talented and I’m so glad he traveled to Africa and found these wonderful musicians and brought them to the forefront of American music. I am also repeatedly impressed with Ohio University and the African Studies Program in bringing such incredible cultural events!

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