The Mound Builders - NEW

When early explorers came to the Ohio Valley region, they found numerous mysterious earthen structures in the forms of mounds, enclosures and effigies. This program explores some of these earthworks, the reasons behind them and the fates of ancient people who built them. It will also touch on new discoveries, geological aspects of the areas in which the earthworks were built and recent theories on the first people to reach the Americas.

Saturday, March 22
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Sears Recital Hall located in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center

Mark W. Risley is a retired airline flight operations coordinator and a history advocate. He is the president of the Oakwood Historical Society and past co-chair of The Oakwood Preservation Trust and has been involved in local independent film production. He has also served on the steering committee for events commemorating Dayton’s Great Flood in 1913.


Astrology Today! - NEW

Approximately 78 million Americans believe in astrology and most people know their sun sign. But what does your zodiac sign really mean? What’s happened to astrology since its popularity in the 1960s and what value can astrology possibly have for us today? How can the time and place of your birth reflect the hidden architecture of that moment? Come examine how astrology provides a framework for understanding your life within a larger ecological perspective.

Saturday, March 29
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at River Campus

Brad Kochunas spent three decades working in prison mental health where he taught astrology and integrated it into his counseling. He is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, the Contemporary Gestalt Institute of Cincinnati and the Academy of AstroPsychology. He is the author of The Astrological Imagination: Where Psyche and Cosmos Meet. He has a counseling and astrological consulting practice in Middletown and at


The Ohio Constitution - NEW

This seminar will discuss the Ohio Constitution, its history, its relationship to the United States Constitution and the work of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, on which the moderator serves as a member.

Saturday, April 26
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Sears Recital Hall located in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center

Richard B. Saphire is a professor emeritus of law at the University of Dayton, where he served as a member of the faculty from 1976 until 2013. His major areas of teaching and scholarship included constitutional law and theory. Since 2012, he served as one of 32 members of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, which is created by Ohio law to study the Ohio Constitution and make whatever recommendations it finds appropriate for its modernization. Saphire currently serves as chair of the commission’s bill of rights and voting rights committee.