The Ohio State University at Newark

CANCELLED: Behind the Science: The Dakota and Ojibwe Skies

February 20, 2020

Because the safety of the campus and our community is our highest priority, we have determined that effective immediately that this Behind the Science: The Dakota and Ojibwe Skies lecture scheduled for March 19 has been canceled.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We greatly appreciate everyone's patience as we work to ensure that we are following all guidance given by federal, state and local officials and medical professionals.

Just in time to observe the spring equinox, The Ohio State University at Newark and The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology invite the public to learn how our American Indian ancestors used the moon, earthen architecture and a turtle’s shell to predict astronomical events with remarkable precision. In this Behind the Science lecture, James Rock presents “The Dakota and Ojibwe Skies” on Thursday, March 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the SciDome planetarium.

Rock, a citizen of the Dakota Nation, is a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of indigenous programming for the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In 2014 he co-authored the book D(L)akota Star Map Constellation Guide and has co-published several journal articles on Dakota sacred mound and cave sites. He will discuss both topics from his published works in addition to local connections with the Newark Earthworks and the Serpent Mound in Peebles.

This lecture is sponsored by The Ohio State University and its Newark Earthworks Center (NEC), American Indian Studies program, Arne Slettebak Planetarium, and Global Arts and Humanities/Indigenous Arts and Humanities Initiative.

Behind the Science is a public lecture series presented by Ohio State Newark and The Works for adults who want an inside view of the science that makes our world. All lectures are held in the SciDome at The Works located at 55 S. 1st Street in Newark. Admission is free for The Works’ members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at or by calling The Works at 740-349-9277. For additional details, visit or see The Works’ online calendar of events.

The Works is the region’s leader in out-of-school STEM education for pre-kindergarten through high school students, and provides teacher professional development across east central Ohio.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that is inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.