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Layera, Winkler named Distinguished Educators

08/28/1998

OXFORD, Ohio -- Two Miami University professors who combine the roles of scholar and teacher, Ramon Layera of the Spanish and Portuguese department, and Allan Winkler of the history department, have been named Distinguished Educators in the university's College of Arts and Science for 1998-99.

Layera was instrumental in bringing to Miami the archives of Rodolfo Usigli, the father of Mexican theater, and is the author of Usigli en el teatro: testimonios de sus contemporáneos, sucesores y discípulos (Usigli in the Theatre: Testimonies of His Contemporaries, Successors and Disciples), published in Mexico in 1996.

He played a leadership role in the extensive programming for Miami's 1996-97 Year of Latin America, including working with the theatre department to produce one of Usigli's plays.

He also has made major contributions to the Latin American Studies program.

"Dr. Layera is loved by his students not only for his contributions to enlarging their understanding of the world that borders on their own, but for his exemplary commitment to civil discourse about subjects pertaining to Latin American life, arts and politics," said Karl Mattox, dean of the College of Arts and Science.

Winkler has published books from major presses including Life under a Cloud: American Anxiety About the Atom and a children's book, Cassie's War.

"His classes enable students to understand and to make good use of the past as they discuss American social and political life in the present," Mattox said. "His students find his class filled with keen insights and wisdom for addressing contemporary problems."

He has won prestigious research grants, including several Fulbrights, and his articles have appeared in scholarly American history journals.

He has been an important contributor to the public's understanding of contemporary events through his many newspaper columns and public addresses.

Also honored by the College of Arts and Science for superior contributions to teaching are two graduate students, Dar Brooks Hedstrom, a doctoral student in ancient history, and Aaron White, a doctoral student in psychology.

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