Events, Spring 2014

February 24, 2014

Freedom Summer
Freedom Summer: The Voting Rights Act and Political Realities of 2014
Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Journalists Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Juan Williams, with academic Mary Frances Berry, present Freedom Summer: The Voting Rights Act and Political Realities of 2014, Hosted by the Lecture Series.

March 4, 2014

Amy Rust
Violence Incarnate: Cinema's Squibs, Artificial Blood, and Wounds that Speak
Bachelor Hall 101, 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Dr. Amy Rust, University of South Florida, presents “Violence Incarnate: Cinema's Squibs, Artificial Blood, and Wounds that Speak.” Rust will speak about cinema violence and its relationship to TV news and to photojournalism during the tumultuous 1960s and early '70s. Hosted by Jen Malkowski.

March 5, 2014

Enquirer 2.0
Enquirer 2.0
Shriver Center, 4 p.m.

Enquirer 2.0, Editor Carolyn Washburn, senior editor/local news Randy Essex, projects reporter John Faherty, social justice reporter (and MU grad) Mark Curnette and videographer Carrie Cochran will talk about the Enquirer's evolving strategy.

March 17, 2014

Jose Antonio Vargas
Let’s Define America: Let’s Talk about Immigration
Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Journalist/immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas presents “Let’s Define America: Let’s Talk about Immigration” Vargas was part of the Washington Post team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. He later revealed he was an undocumented immigrant. Hosted by the Lecture Series.

March 18, 2014

Alex Kotlowitz
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
Shriver Center Heritage Room, 4 p.m.

Author/journalist Alex Kotlowitz, author of "There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America." Hosted by the Journalism Program of MJF.

March 19, 2014

Herbert Randall
The images of Freedom Summer in Oxford
Shriver Center Heritage Room, 5 p.m.

While here to participate in the Freedom Summer documentary project, Herbert Randall will give a public talk about his experience and work in Oxford during the 1964 Freedom Summer Orientation Sessions.

Randall was an independent photographer/artist who was awarded a Whitney Fellowship to document African American Life in the 1960's. A Bronx native who had never been South - on purpose he adds - Freedom Summer organizers convinced him to join them in Mississippi to capture history in the making. They gave him full access to the organizational inner workings of the effort, as well as complete freedom to follow and document anything he desired.

April 3, 2014

Geena Davis
Actress Geena Davis
Armstrong Student Center Pavilion, 5 p.m.

Actress Geena Davis talks about the role of women in media and women's leadership. Hosted by Miami University Student Foundation and the Office of University Advancement. Registration and ticket information at

April 15, 2014

Jim Tobin
James Tobin presents his new book
Armstrong Student Center Pavilion A, 4 p.m.

Miami University Professor of Journalism James Tobin will present “Asking the Past to Talk: FDR, Polio and Narrative History.” Tobin will focus on how to use historical evidence to craft scenes and passages, as he did in writing his newly released book, "The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency."

April 27, 2014

Jim Tobin
Singing for Freedom
Ernst Nature Theater (Kumler Chapel in case of rain), 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Free concert featuring original Freedom Singer Charles Neblett & the Miami University Gospel Singers.

Hear Charles Neblett speak on the power of music & art to inspire, motivate & organize, with authentic freedom songs performed by the Miami Gospel Singers. Sponsored by the Miami University Humanities Center.

May 1, 2014

Ron Haviv
Photojournalist Ron Haviv
FSB Taylor Auditorium (Room 1000), 7:30 p.m.

Photojournalist Ron Haviv presents “Not in Our Name: Documenting Conflict, Violence & Genocide Around the World.” An independent photographer who focuses mostly on humanitarian crises, Haviv will show and talk about his work documenting genocide in Central America, the Balkans and the Arab Spring. Sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures, with several co-sponsors. See for more information.

May 7, 2014

Pearson COM 135 Showcase
Pearson Hall 128, 7 p.m.

The top eight students in the spring 2014 sections of COM135 will present live speeches and compete for prizes from publisher Pearson.

Fall 2014

August 24, 2014

Bruce Watson
Journalist and author Bruce Watson
Freedom Summer Memorial, Western campus, 2 p.m.

Author of Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy, this year’s Summer Reading Program selection, will deliver the convocation speech.

September 15, 2014

Andrew Revkin
New York Time reporter Andrew Revkin
Armstrong Student Center Wilks Theater, 5 p.m.

New York Times reporter and author of its Dot Earth blog, will return to Miami, presenting "Seeking a good path in the Anthropocene" as the main events. Sponsors include the Altman Program, Humanities Center, History, American Studies and MJF.

September 29, 2014

Piper Kerman
Author of Orange is the New Black
Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black, the story of her two years in prison and the subject of a Netflix original series will be the guest of Lecture Series.

October 11-15, 2014

Freedom Summer
Freedom Summer Conference
Marcum Conference Center

Several journalists will visit campus including Karen DeWitt, Keith Beauchamp and Wil Haygood. Visit for more info.

October 15, 2014

Keith Beauchamp
Keith Beauchamp
Bachelor Reading Room, 2 p.m.

MJF will host "Keith Beauchamp: Seeking Justice Through Film," a screening of the filmmaker's work.

October 23, 2014

Alex Blumberg
Alex Blumberg
Armstrong Student Center, Pavilion C, 4:30 p.m.

Alex Blumberg, former producer of “This American Life” on NPR, will visit Oct. 23. The former Cincinnatian and public radio reporter will present “Telling Stories: NPR veteran Alex Blumberg on audio, life, and starting a business.

October 30, 2014

Rick Ludwin
"From Leno to Fallon, From Letterman to Colbert, Transitions in Late Night TV"
107C Williams Hall, 7 p.m.

A presentation by Rick Ludwin (’70), former Vice President of Late Nigh & Prime Time Entertainment at NBC, will present "From Leno to Fallon, From Letterman to Colbert, Transitions in Late Night TV" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in 107C Williams Hall.

November 7, 2014

18 of 9
“Where I Am Now & How Miami Helped Me Get There”
212 MacMillan Hall, 9:30 a.m.

Three MJF graduates will present “Where I Am Now & How Miami Helped Me Get There.” The three are honorees for the 2014 awards for the 18 of the last 9, which honors young alumni. They are Ashley Mallon Walters, vice president of Powerhouse Factories; Pulkit Datta, a writer filmmaker; and Beth Stebner, a lifestyle editor/digital for the New York Daily News.

November 10, 2014

You Can Play
"You Can Play: LGBT Athletes and Sports"
Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Christine Brennan and Wade Davis – The USA Today sports columnist and former NFL player – will present “You Can Play: LGBT Athletes and Sports.”