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Forums discuss how education, the economy reshape the heartland

12/01/2008

Miami University journalism students in partnership with the Miami-Whitewater Valley Public Media (MWVPM) coalition will present public forums on their project "The Learning Curve: How Education and the Economy are Re-shaping the Heartland" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 10.

"The Learning Curve" features multimedia reporting on the relationship between rural and urban school systems and their respective communities. The student-produced project examines questions of identity and engagement through the lens of public education, says Joe Sampson, instructor in the journalism program.

The Dec. 8 forum will be held at the Union County Public Library in Liberty, Ind. Students from Union County High School will report on how community is defined in a border state joint school district. It will be moderated by students from the journalism program capstone class with host partners from the Union County Public Library and high school students and staff.

The Dec. 10 forum will be held at Miami University Middletown Downtown, 4 North Main St. in Middletown. Students will report on how a former paper and steel mill community seeks a new identity, economy and educational future. It will be moderated by journalism students and hosted by Eric Melbye, associate professor of English and director of Miami University Middletown Downtown.

Both forums are free and open to the public. For more information about "The Learning Curve" contact Joe Sampson at 529-4840 or .

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