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Buckeye Biography: 150 Years of Ohio State is a Course

Buckeye Biography: 150 Years of Ohio State

Started Aug 19, 2019


Full course description

Course Date:

Aug 19, 2019 - Dec 18, 2020


9 modules


1-2 hrs/week



Course Type:





As part of The Ohio State University's sesquicentennial celebration, we are proud to offer this tailor-made, publicly available version of the popular, History of Ohio State course at no charge. This exciting, non-credit course will be available to anyone who is interested in learning more about the origins of Ohio State traditions, notable turning points in our 150 year history, and the contributions of students, faculty, and staff to Ohio State and the world.


At the end of this course, learners will:

  • Become knowledgeable about higher education and the importance of the university as an institution by learning the historical contexts of issues facing colleges, universities and The Ohio State University, specifically.
  • Become more aware of the physical evolution of the Ohio State campus, the educational philosophy that has shaped it, and its art, traditions and collections.
  • Be inspired to take interest in the present and future of Ohio State by understanding the historical continuum of the University’s development.

Target Audience: General Buckeye enthusiasts; Historians; Faculty and Staff; Athletic fanbase; Prospective students and their parents; Current students; Alumni; Columbus natives and residents

Course is offered by The Ohio State University.

Course Instructors

David Staley

David Staley

Associate Professor; Director, Humanities Institute; Director, Center for the Humanities in Practice

David Staley is Director of the Humanities Institute and Director of the Center for the Humanities in Practice (CHiP). He is an associate professor in the Department of History, where he teaches courses in digital history and historical methods; holds courtesy appointments in the departments of Design, where he has taught courses in Design History and Design Futures; and Educational Studies, where he leads the "Forum on the University." Read More.

He is the author of Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), Brain, Mind and Internet: A Deep History and Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Computers, Visualization and History, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2014), and History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future (Lexington Books, 2007).

In addition to his written work, he has designed and curated both online and physical exhibitions and has published numerous visual compositions in digital media. From 2003-2008, Staley was the Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC).

Tamar Chute

Tamar Chute

University Archivist; Head of University Archives; Professor

Tamar Chute is a Professor, University Archivist, and Head of Archives in the University Libraries. As Head of Archives she oversees the Ohio Congressional Archives and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program. Read More.

Tamar has given presentations on all aspects of university history, including the University’s founding, student traditions and activities, buildings on campus, and Ohio State then-and-now. Tamar is author of the photographic history of the university for Ohio State’s sesquicentennial, Time & Change: 150 Years of The Ohio State University (Trillium, 2019). She is co-author of The Ohio State University Trivia Book (Hill Street Press, 2009) as well as the book Teaching with Primary Sources (Society of American Archivists, 2016). During spring semester Tamar teaches the course “The Ohio State University: Its History and Its World.”


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