This Week at YSU, Nov. 2, 2015

Ariel Ahram

Ariel Ahram

Monday, Nov. 2, noon. Ariel I. Ahram, associate professor of government and international affairs at Virginia Tech University, lectures on “Sexual Violence and the Destruction of the Yezidis in Syria and Iraq” in the Bresnahan Suites in Kilcawley Center. Free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at or call 330-941-1604.

Monday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. Lecture by Olivia Robinson, a multimedia artist whose work spans performance, installation, research and community engagement, in the McDonough Museum of Art. Robinson’s body of work ranges in scale from hand-built textile circuits to architectural-scale inflatable structures. He work has received several awards and honors. She is a founding member of Luminous Intervention, a Baltimore-based activist artist group, and is on the faculty in the Fiber Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art. For more information, contact Jonathan D. Sperry at 330-941-3627 or

Monday, Nov. 2. 5:30 p.m. Dana School of Music Flute Studio Recital in Bliss Recital Hall.

Monday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., Dana School of Music Fall Choral Concert, St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Ave, Youngstown.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 12:15 p.m. The Dana School of Music Clarinet Studio presents a free Music at Noon concert in the Butler Institute of American Art.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Justin Rubinstein, research geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey, lectures on “Induced Seismicity” in Cushwa Room B100 as part of the YSU Speaker Series on Energy and the Environment. Free.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 8 p.m. Dana School of Music Percussion Ensemble concert, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown.

Robert Denton

Robert Denton

Thursday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Robert Denton, founding president of the National Organization for Victim Assistance, is the keynote speaker at the biannual Strengths Conference in Kilcawley Center, co-sponsored by the YSU Department of Social Work, Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic, and the James and Coralie Centofanti Center for Health and Welfare of Vulnerable Populations.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. Dana School of Music Guitar Ensemble Recital, Bliss Recital Hall.

Friday, Nov. 6, noon to 2:30 p.m. Guest Artist Jazz Clinic and Performance featuring Brad Shepik, guitar, New England Conservatory of Music, in Bliss Hall, Room 2222.

Friday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. Oakland comes to Beeghly Center to face YSU in a volleyball matchup. The Penguin volleyballers also take on Northern Kentucky 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.

25 years mcdonoughFriday, Nov. 6. In celebration of its 25th birthday, the McDonough Museum of Art at YSU presents a retrospective exhibition and auction featuring more than 100 works by artists from New York, Los Angeles, Cuba and beyond. The exhibit, titled “GOTTA HAVE IT!”, concludes Nov. 6 with a benefit auction of the artwork, all of which was previously exhibited in the Museum’s galleries and has been donated for auction. The event opens at 6 p.m. with tapas and a cash bar, with the live auction starting at 7 p.m. Proceeds will go to the John J. McDonough Trust.

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7. YSU Veterans and ROTC Alumni Reunion. The event features a reception and reunion dinner Nov. 6, in the atrium of Williamson Hall. The reception is at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a program. The keynote speaker is Lt. Col. George L Hammar IV, US Army, a 1995 YSU graduate with bachelor’s degree in History. A reunion picnic is noon Nov. 7, at the Veterans Resource Center on Wick Avenue, followed by the YSU vs. Missouri State football game at 2 p.m. in Stambaugh Stadium.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m. The Penguins take on Missouri State in a key Missouri Valley Football Conference game at Stambaugh Stadium.

Sunday, Nov, 8, 4 p.m. Guest Artist Recital featuring Stephen Page, saxophone, University of Texas at Austin, and Cameron Hofmann, piano, in Bliss Recital Hall. Masterclass will be at 1 p.m., in Bliss Hall Room 2326.