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Realistic revitalization: Students help create a new vision for a historic Hamilton neighborhood

December 5, 2019

To David Prytherch, professor of geography, community engaging, client-based work is the foundation of a curriculum that prepares students to deal with the complexities of urban planning. "These kinds of classes are not easy to teach because the stakes are high for everyone," he said. "These are real-world clients, and the projects have real-world consequences" …

Raising diversity awareness was goal of student award-winning campaign

December 5, 2019

Miami University's Shara Clark and a team of Miami University students won 4 awards during the 2019 Blacksmith Awards hosted by the Cincinnati chapter of the Public Relations Society of America …

Past Literary London participants describe their experiences, encourage classmates to join the 15th anniversary trip in 2020

December 3, 2019

Literary London is a summer study abroad program offered by the Department of English that offers an enriching academic and cultural experience for students of all majors. This coming summer 2020 is the program's 15th anniversary …

Miami in Spain study abroad program provides opportunity to advance in language

November 26, 2019

Miami in Spain, offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is one of the largest and most popular Miami study abroad programs that allows students to explore and become immersed in Spanish culture. Students who have completed SPN 311 (Grammar Review and Introductory Composition) by trip departure are eligible to attend …

Daisy Hernández celebrates the translation of her memoir and a new feminist anthology

November 25, 2019

Writer, editor, feminist, and assistant professor of creative writing Daisy Hernández has pulled together an impressive list of achievements, including co-editing a collection of feminist essays and publishing her own memoir …

Kimberly A. Hamlin is newest member of the Organization of American Historians

November 19, 2019

Miami University's Kimberly A. Hamlin is one of 21 new speakers appointed to the Organization of American Historians as a Distinguished Lecturer. Specializing in women, gender and science in the U.S., Hamlin teaches history and American studies as an associate professor …

Miami ranks third in the nation for study abroad among public doctoral universities

November 18, 2019

Miami University's rate of study abroad for undergraduates ranks third in the U.S. among public doctoral universities, according to the latest Open Doors report released Monday, November 18. Miami moved up a spot from last year's fourth place ranking based on rate of study abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year, the Institute of International Education reports …

National award spotlights Miami's focus on international education

November 14, 2019

When Miami University officials launched a strategic plan in 2011 to better integrate international, global and intercultural perspectives into Miami's mission, they added a final, ambitious goal: earn the Simon Award. Next week, President Greg Crawford will travel to the nation's capital to accept the prestigious honor …

Students discover realities of China's Uyghur crisis in fall Grayson Kirk Lecture

November 14, 2019

On October 22, the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies (GIC) hosted Sean R. Roberts, professor and director of international development studies at The George Washington University, to present on "China's War on Uyghurs: Counterterrorism in the Name of Cultural Genocide" …

Bestselling author Ruta Sepetys reveals the compelling backstory behind the little-known truths that her novels convey

November 7, 2019

Internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys visited Miami's Wilks Theater on Tuesday, October 15 to talk to students about her novels …

Archaeologist Morag Kersel tells the (w)hole story for the 2019 International Archaeology Day lecture

November 5, 2019

The Department of Anthropology presented its second annual International Archaeology Day lecture on Thursday, October 17. Followed by a Q&A, the lecture was given by DePaul University archaeologist Dr. Morag Kersel, who spoke about her field work in Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories …

Menard Family Center for Democracy to promote civic engagement and discourse

November 4, 2019

Beginning in spring 2020, the new Menard Family Center for Democracy at Miami University will lead an expanded effort to develop the civic leadership of its students. Housed jointly in Miami's College of Arts and Science and College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science, the center will create and support a year-round slate of student programs at Miami's three Ohio campuses and beyond …

Foreign Language Day set to introduce 5 key languages to high school students on January 21

November 4, 2019

Miami's Department of German, Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Culture (GRAMELAC) will host Foreign Language Day on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in Irvin Hall, from 8 am to 2 pm. This event is open to high school students who are seeking an introduction to the featured languages of Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Latin, and Russian …

New book looks at ISIS and its savvy use of media

November 1, 2019

Miami University's Rosemary Pennington warns that savvy use of media by the Islamic State group ISIS could sustain its terrorist network despite the recent reported killing of its leader …

Janus Forum excites with lively debate between Barbara Boxer and Scott Walker

November 1, 2019

On October 16, former senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) and former governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) debated on the Armstrong Student Center's Wilks Theater stage about "The Trump Presidency: Successes and Failures." …

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 …

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 …