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All Verity Traditions programs are free and open to the public. A light meal is provided 15 minutes before each program starts.

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Film Screening & Speaker: America's Diplomats
November 9 • 6pm – 8pm

From Ben Franklin to Benghazi, America's Diplomats will take us inside the Foreign Service and behind the scenes of U.S. Foreign Policy. Discover the role our diplomats play in shaping American history. Uncover the origins of our Foreign Service, and the danger American diplomats face far from home.

Todd P. Schwartz – Executive Director of the European American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cincinnati will be on hand after the screening to share his first hand experiences. 

Schwartz retired from the Foreign Service of the United States in September 2015 with the personal rank of Counselor (roughly equivalent to Brigadier General). He  joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in 1987. His overseas postings have included Germany, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Qatar, the Philippines, Kuwait (Counselor for Economic Affairs), Canada (Principal Officer in Winnipeg, Manitoba), and Iraq (Counselor for Economic Affairs). His assignments in Washington have included tours as Director for the Office of Iraq Economic Affairs, Director of the Office of Iran Affairs, and as an assessor with the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service. He received numerous awards throughout his career, including three Superior Honor Awards, six Meritorious Honor Awards, and the Secretary’s Career Achievement Award.

We are proud to welcome 
Schwartz back to Miami where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business. 

Brought to us in partnership with the 
Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council.


History of Middletown's WPFB-AM and WPFB-FM
December 11 • 6pm

John Kiesewetter, WVXU TV/media reporter, and former Cincinnati Enquirer TV/radio columnist looks at 70 years of Middletown radio since Paul F. Braden signed on the city's first and only AM station on Sept. 1, 1947, and his companion FM signal in 1958. 

Over the years, "910 in the middle of your dial" and Ohio's first FM stereo station filled the airwaves with Middies, Miami or Reds games; Moon Mullins; the news of the day with Bob Cordray (and his successors). With all kinds of formats and music, everything from bluegrass, big bands and "beautiful music" to country, rock 'n' roll, jazz, disco, gospel music and traditional German tunes. You could also sell an old couch or car on the Radio Classifieds or Tradio shows. Or catch the Ohio high school football and basketball championship games; tune in Larry King, Don Imus, and Bill O'Reilly's syndicated shows; or hear a variety of preachers and pastors, including one who promised to save you cash.
The on-air staff broadcasting from the old Central Avenue farmhouse was an equally eclectic mix of personalities, many of whom would go on to stations in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and other towns. 
Speaker Bio: Middletown native John Kiesewetter, a 1971 Fenwick High School graduate, was a Middletown Journal reporter for four summers while attending Ohio University. He worked 40 years for the Cincinnati Enquirer, the last 30 years as TV/radio/media reporter and columnist.

World War 1: Ohio Journeys
February 28 • 6pm

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the United States entrance into World War I. Cheri Brinkman local author and former Miami Hamilton faculty member will bring historic photos of the war and documents together to make history of this event come to life through the experiences of local people.