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Former president of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva explores socio-political relations at 2019 annual Havighurst Center Lecture

October 18, 2019

Miami University students, faculty, and alumni gathered in the Wilks Theater on Wednesday, October 9 to listen to the 2019 annual Havighurst Lecture, given by Roza Otunbayeva, former president of Kyrgyzstan (2010-2011). Otunbayeva spoke on her career and the political, social, and economic environments of Kyrgyzstan …

Distinguished English alumna Lillian Schwales still making strides

October 17, 2019

Lillian Schwales, a 2012 Miami graduate, was honored as one of this year's 18 of the Last 9 distinguished alumni. Schwales obtained her Bachelor's degree in English literature and a minor in business management and operations …

Political scientist uses a classic jazz song to contextualize the horrific, public "spectacle" of lynching

October 14, 2019

On September 26, Miami's Department of Philosophy hosted Melvin Rogers, an associate professor of political science at Brown University, to give its annual Harris Memorial Lecture. The title of his talk was "The Spectacle of Lynching Redeployed: On the Performance of Democratic Regard," in which he showcased several public lynching images in the context of the classic 1939 jazz song "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday …

Freedom Summer —Then, Now and the Future

October 10, 2019

The public is invited to Freedom 55, a mini-conference exploring the local history of Freedom Summer in 1964, and also current lessons and ideas to continue to address voting rights and social inequalities. The events will be Novmeber 1-2 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati and are co-sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Miami University …

Roshika Bhattarai wants to eliminate hurdles many immigrants face

October 10, 2019

Miami University's Roshika Bhattarai, premedical studies co-major and medical laboratory science major came to the United States from Nepal with her family when she was 9. Grateful that her family had the perseverance to succeed in their new Colerain Township home, Bhattarai wanted to help others. She volunteers with the Bhutanese Community of Cincinnati, a 3-year-old organization that connects immigrants to resources in Southwest Ohio and promotes their language and culture …

Inside London broadens students' understanding of UK mass media

October 9, 2019

Miami's 6-week summer Inside London program integrates students of various majors through a combined online and study abroad trip, exposing students to the communications industry of the United Kingdom. The trip is offered through the Department of Media, Journalism & Film (MJF), under the supervision of chair and professor Bruce Drushel, who introduced the program in 2008 …

Wil Haygood named runner-up in Dayton Literary Peace Prize

October 7, 2019

Miami University's Wil Haygood is the runner-up for best nonfiction in the 2019 Dayton Literary Peace Prize awards. Haygood (Miami '76), award-winning author and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Miami's department of media, journalism and film, was among 18 nominees chosen in a juried competition for the foundation's Legacy Awards …

Empathy and the Religious "Enemy": Miami students conduct interviews with Westboro Baptist Church members

October 7, 2019

This past summer, sophomore Alexa Lawhorn and senior Sofia Vlahakos travelled to Topeka, Kansas for 5 days with assistant teaching professor of comparative religion Hillel Gray to meet and interview members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) …

Michael Bess discusses how historians can avoid realist ideology to better predict the future

October 3, 2019

On September 26, the Department of German, Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Culture (GRAMELAC) sponsored a lecture, "Why So Many People (Including Me) Failed to Foresee the Revolutions of 1989," by historian Michael Bess. He discussed how most scholars proved unable to predict the key events related to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union …

English department celebrates National Translation Month with professional authors and translators

September 24, 2019

The Department of English welcomed three creative writers and translators to Miami on September 16 and 17, 2019 in honor of National Translation Month. The translators, Poupeh Missaghi, Roy Kesey, and Martin Corless-Smith, participated in a reading from their creative work on the 16th and a Q&A panel for students and faculty on the 17th …

Bahamas Mapathon volunteers aid in Hurricane Dorian relief

September 11, 2019

Miami University's Bahamas Mapathon drew about 100 students and faculty to help in the recovery efforts. The department of geography and its Geospatial Analysis Center held the event after Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands. Ancilleno "Leno" Davis, (Miami PhD '18) who works in the Bahamas, connected through Skype …

Miami's updated Critical Race & Ethnic Studies major offers students a powerful new cognitive tool to confront today's global challenges

September 4, 2019

This fall, the Department of Global & Intercultural Studies (GIC) in the College of Arts and Science has unveiled the Critical Race & Ethnic Studies (CRES) major. Along with its associated minor, the major will serve as one of the most prominent new initiatives at Miami to tackle issues related to diversity and inclusion …

Federal grant gives students insight into income and health inequity worldwide

August 21, 2019

Miami University — in partnership with Christ University in Bengaluru, India — has received a one-year $99,846 grant. The grant is through the U.S. Department of State's Partnership 2020 educational initiative in collaboration with University of Nebraska Omaha. The interdisciplinary grant will support the project, Extending the Christ-Miami Partnership: Training in Innovation to Address Global Health and Economic Disparities …

Armstrong Student Center changes will help students and staff

August 21, 2019

As Miami University's fall semester starts, there will be some noticeable differences in the Armstrong Student Center …

Renovations to Pearson and MacMillan Halls offer improved teaching and study spaces

August 19, 2019

In just a few days, students taking classes in biology, microbiology, and global & intercultural studies will be welcomed with new and improved spaces within Pearson and MacMillan Halls …

What tombstones can tell us

August 14, 2019

Many of us are familiar with the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that wiped out the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But did you know there were survivors? Miami University professor Steven Tuck used 2,000-year-old records and found survival and prosperity in 79 AD …

Wil Haygood receives Ohioana Award for "Tigerland"

August 8, 2019

Miami University's Wil Haygood will receive the 2019 Ohioana Award for best book about Ohio or an Ohioan this fall. His 2018 book Tigerland: 1968-1969, A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing, was given the nod by a jury made up of six librarians from around Ohio …

Miami University to host 2020 National Civil Rights Conference

August 1, 2019

The 10th annual National Civil Rights Conference will be at Miami University June 22-23, 2020. The theme of next year's conference, which will move from the South to Oxford, Ohio will be "Rise, Advocate, Educate and Cooperate: The Challenge of Change." The conference will offer workshops, artistic productions, sessions, tours, vendors and networking opportunities …

Latin American students visit Oxford to share interdisciplinary and intercultural experiences with Miami faculty and students

July 22, 2019

Twenty students from Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic will soon be wrapping up three weeks in Oxford as part of Miami's annual Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the Department of Education …

Award-winning collaboration "HumanitiesWorks" uses data to disprove public perception

July 9, 2019

"There's virtually no long-term difference in career satisfaction, income, employability and other metrics between people who major in business and people who study history or anthropology," said Tim Melley. Melley, professor of English and director of the Humanities Center, is part of a team pushing Miami away from the stereotype in a time where other schools nationwide are shuttering programs …

Miami honors Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with Freedom Summer of '64 Award

June 20, 2019

Representatives of Miami University traveled this week to Mississippi to present the Freedom Summer of '64 Award to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Fifty-five years ago, three Freedom Summer volunteers left Oxford, Ohio, to investigate an arson at the historic church and then disappeared …

Honoring Miami "roots and wings": Rebecca Messina '94 addresses nearly 1700 bachelor's and master's graduates at annual CAS spring recognition ceremony

May 30, 2019

On May 18, the College of Arts and Science, highlighted by speeches by Rebecca Messina '94 and Jacob Bruggeman '19, celebrated the achievement of 1521 bachelors and 176 masters graduates at the 2019 Recognition Ceremony …

Nobel Prize winner speaks of the power of truth in the shadow of a dictatorship

May 23, 2019

On April 23, the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies welcomed 2009 Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller for its annual lecture event. Müller's literature, described as depicting an individual's vulnerability under oppression and persecution, is rooted in her experiences in Romania as a German-speaking ethnic minority …