New York Times Publishes Ohio Wesleyan Professor’s Commentary

‘War and Baked Beans’ Featured in Oct. 2 Opinionator Section
Robert Olmstead

Robert Olmstead

DELAWARE, Ohio – Robert Olmstead, professor of English and director of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Creative Writing Program, discusses “War and Baked Beans” in the “Opinionator” section of The New York Times online.

The commentary, published Oct. 2, shares Olmstead’s thoughts on topics ranging from becoming a grandfather to living in times of violence to the resiliency of young people. He also is the award-winning author of the trilogy of best-selling books “Coal Black Horse,” “Far Bright Star,” and “The Coldest Night.”

In his New York Times commentary, Olmstead writes: “It seems that all my life we have been bombing someone, teaching them a lesson. Every day I understand more deeply how violent we are. …

“But the young people still decide to bring babies into this mess of a world. It’s because the young people keep faith with humanity. It’s the young people who believe in the better future. It’s the young people who have yet to lose their minds, their imaginations, their wonder, their intent to give life rather than take it.”

Read the full commentary, “War and Baked Beans.” Learn more about Olmstead and Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of English.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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