The moon above the Newark Earthworks' Octagon State Memorial with a lightening sky. Image courtesy of Timothy E. Black.

Octagon State Memorial Open Houses April 10th, April 11th, July 25th, and October 16th of 2022.

Discussion between Wexner medical staff and the President of The Ohio State University while both are socially distanced and in masks. Image courtesy of The Ohio State University.

The Ohio State University's response to COVID-19 and resources can be found at

Multimedia mixed collage of stages of the moon and planets surrounding an American Indian wearing stellar regalia. Image courtesy of Gerry Lang, the artist.

An artwork displayed at our ongoing exhibit with Gerry Lang (Chowanoke Nation) at the LeFevre Art Gallery on the Newark campus.

Our Storytellers Bodéwadmi Wisgat Gokpenagen The Black Ash Baskets of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Exhibit

Three baskets made of splints from the Black Ash tree. Some strips are colored a deep brown and a soft black.

Free and Open to the Public.

Bricker Hall Lobby

190 North Oval Mall | Columbus, OH 43210

Potawatomi basket making is a reclamation and recovery of a powerful piece of native knowledge and technology and represents a potent counter-colonial and counter-hegemonic act with lasting implications. This exhibit reflects an understanding that objects are not lifeless things that occupy space. They have spirit and meaning. Centered upon intellectual and material property, basket weaving is an opportunity for Native women and men to make their own histories by using the past to "read the present.

This exhibit is curated by Director of the Newark Earthworks Center John N. Low, PhD, associate professor in Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University and enrolled citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.

Sponsored by The Newark Earthworks Center with support from an Indigenous Arts and Humanities Grant by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme.

Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit Webinar with Dr. Jean O'Brien

Dr. Jean O'Brien (White Earth Ojibwe Nation) in front of a a bookcase filled with books. University of Minnesota.
February 23, 2023
7 p.m. EST

Free and open to the public.

The Newark Earthworks Center is hosting Dr. Jean M. O’Brien (White Earth Ojibwe Nation), University of Minnesota, who will present on "Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit." on Zoom at 7 p.m. EST.

[Zoom registration link coming soon!]

This talk takes up the work of Indigenous intellectuals to reconfigure narratives of national origins in connection with the symbolism surrounding the Massasoit monument installed on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth in 1921 to mark the 300thanniversary of the landing of the English. Such Indigenous engagements suggest the rich potential of Indigenous public historians to intervene in sanitized national narratives of origins. Can the statue prompt viewers to reckon with of the structural violence of settler colonialism in commemorative landscapes, or does it further entrench celebratory narratives of national origins?

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST
Carmen Zoom, Registration Required. [Zoom registration link coming soon!]

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Dr. John Low at 740-755-7857 or . At least two weeks' advance notice will help us to provide seamless access.

There will be 15 minutes for a Question and Answer session at the end of the webinar. Please submit your questions in the chat.

Jean M. O’Brien (Citizen of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation) is Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Northrop Professor at the University of Minnesota. She is a co-founder past president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, O’Brien has published six books on Indigenous history. Most recently, she published a co-edited volume(with Daniel Heath Justice), Allotment Stories: Narrating Indigenous Land Relations under Settler Siege, (University of Minnesota Press). She is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Speaker series as part of Indigenous Ohio: OSU and Native Arts and Humanities Past and Present grant. Funded by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme.

We have moved from Founders Hall during its renovation (2022-2024)!

View of Founders Hall on The Ohio State University Newark's campus before renovation. Image courtesy of The Ohio State University Libraries.

We are located in offices B1004, B1006, B1010, and B1012 in Newark Campus West.

**Our staff are mostly working remotely. You can always reach us by phone and email.**

A free shuttle service is available to students, faculty, staff and campus guests who need transportation to Newark Campus West.

Request shuttle service:

  • Call the Department of Public Safety at 740.366.9237.
  • Provide at least a 20-minute notice prior to your needed pickup time.


  • Monday and Wednesday–Friday from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday from 7:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.

Pickup locations:

  • John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center
  • Bus stop near the residence halls
  • Newark Campus West door B
Pile of ripe corn. Image courtesy of The Ohio State University.
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