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Jonah Goldberg and Eugene Robinson headline Miami's third JANUS Forum

Miami University’s JANUS Forum, a public platform for political thought leaders from all perspectives to discuss important and timely topics, welcomes Jonah Goldberg and Eugene Robinson at this year’s event. The third JANUS Forum, “The Proper Role of Government in a Free Society,” begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the Wilks Theater at the Armstrong Student Center.

“The JANUS Forum is a tremendous success in engaging our students and members of the community with opposing political views in an open, convivial atmosphere,” said Patrick J. Haney, interim chair and professor of political science. “This is our third round, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our faculty, students and staff, and especially the ongoing generous support of alumnus Thomas W. Smith (Miami ’50).”

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg

Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson

The student-run event is a central component of the Thomas W. Smith Project on Liberty, Democracy and Citizenship at Miami University. Student body vice president Courtney Bernard is again this year’s moderator.

"The upcoming forum between Eugene Robinson and Jonah Goldberg will explore the role that government plays in our society,” said Bernard. “The discussion lies at the heart of the mission of the JANUS forum, as we attempt to uncover the pressing issues facing the American democracy and the world around us."

Jonah Goldberg, whose syndicated conservative political commentary appears in scores of newspapers across the country, has also contributed to publications such as The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Slate and National Review Online, where he writes a twice-weekly column. He is the author of the 2008 New York Times best-selling book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. In 2011 he was named the Robert J. Novak Journalist of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Recognized as one of the most prominent African-American intellectuals on culture and race relations, Eugene Robinson is a columnist at The Washington Post. In 2009, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his writings on then-Sen. Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. With more than 25 years of reporting experience, Robinson is a liberal political analyst on several MSNBC programs and is often featured on “Meet the Press.”   

A catalyst for developing timely, interesting and rigorous discussion of public affairs, the JANUS Forum is sponsored by The Thomas W. Smith Project on Liberty, Democracy and Citizenship; Miami University’s department of political science; the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute; and the office of diversity affairs. It is made possible through the generous support of The Thomas W. Smith Foundation.

The ticketed event is free and open to the public, and tickets are available at the Miami University Box Office.

Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency