Events, Spring 2016

February 15, 2016

Wil Haygood
The Creativity of Book Ideas in the 21st Century
001 Upham, 6-7:50 p.m.

Wil Haygood, MJF Visiting Distinguished Professor, will speak about his writing that eventually became the basis for the film "The Butler," as well as his newly published book about Thurgood Marshall.

February 15, 2016

Caroll Spinney, Sonia Manzano and Michael Davis
The Role of Sesame Street in the Development of Cultural Awareness
Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

With Caroll Spinney, Sonia Manzano and Michael Davis. Presented by the Lecture Series (free, but ticket required).

February 17, 2016

Terence Moore
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Report No Evil: What’s Missing in Sports Journalism Today
Williams Hall 107 (TV studio), 4 p.m.

With MU grad and veteran sports journalist Terence Moore.

February 24, 2016

Eric Deggans
How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation
ASC Wilks Theater, 7 p.m.

With NPR media critic Eric Deggans, hosted by the Office of Diversity Affairs as part of Miami’s Black History Celebration.

March 8, 2016

PRSSA to host panel of PR pros
7-8 p.m. McGuffey 332

PRSSA will host a PR Pros Panel featuring working professionals and Miami alums from the Cincinnati area. They are: Jay Brock, J.D. Bruewer, Shara Clark, Brianne Kistler and Darcy Schwass. The event is free and open to the public.

Jay Brock works in External Relations for First Group in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. Jay has been with First Group since September 2015 and has experience in marketing strategy, marketing communication and strategic planning. Prior to First Group, Jay was with the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Airport.

J.D. Bruewer is a former journalist turned PR pro who currently works as a communication specialist for Hamilton County Job & Family Services. J.D. has been with Hamilton County since January 2015 and has experience in social media, writing and marketing communications.

Shara Clark is a Miami University alum and is currently a visiting instructor in the Strategic Communication department. Prior to teaching, she worked in nonprofit and corporate communications. Shara has experience in public relations, social media and advertising.

Brianne Kistler is a Miami University alum and works for Wordsworth Communication as an Assistant Account Executive. Brianne graduated in 2015 with a degree in Strategic Communication with a minor in Rhetoric/Writing.

Darcy Schwass is a Miami University alum and works as a Senior Account Executive for Vehr Communications in Cincinnati, Ohio. Darcy has been with Vehr Communications since 2010 and has experience in public relations, media relations and marketing communications.

March 8, 2016

Walter Robinson
Spotlight on Spotlight
ASC Pavilion A-B, 4 p.m.

With Boston Globe veteran Walter V. Robinson (“Robby,” played by Michael Keaton in the film).

April 1-2, 2016

Society of Professional Journalists conference
Kingsgate Marriott, Cincinnati

“Looking Back, Moving Forward,” Society of Professional Journalists Region 4-5 spring conference. More information at the conference web site.

April 4, 2016

Wil Wheaton
Blogger Wil Wheaton To show “geeky” side
Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

A Look at Being Different and Bullying with Wil Wheaten. Presented by the Lecture Series (free, but ticket required).

April 8-9, 2016

The Future of Student Journalism Conference
Ohio University

More information at the conference web site.

April 11, 2016

Charles Blow
Benton Hall Auditorium, 6 p.m.

A lecture by Charles M. Blow, the Visual Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times.

April 14-17, 2016

Circus Fracas
'Circus Fracas' Film Festival this weekend in Oxford
Uptown Oxford

The Miami Film Society will have the "Circus Fracas" Film Festival Thursday through Sunday. Movie screenings include "Moulin Rouge!" at 7 p.m. in Art 100, Fellini's "La Strada" at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Community Arts Center and two Buster Keaton shorts at 8:30 p.m. in uptown park Saturday. Free and open to the public.

April 18, 2016

MJF hosts event with young alumni
Williams TV Studio, 4 p.m.

MJF is sponsoring Distinguished Alumni Days for the first time. Alumni participating include Jennifer Duck '04, of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, Ida Lieszkovszky Hargitai '09 of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, David Kelbaugh '99 of Tacklebox Brand Strategy, Yvette Simpson '00, attorney and Cincinnati city council, and Chad Wollett of the Tonight Show.

April 20, 2016

'Live from Miami' to celebrate WMUB
King Library Room 320, 5-7 p.m.

Miami University Libraries will be holding an opening reception for the exhibit titled "and now, Live from Miami..." A panel of alumni and current students will be at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit runs from April 18 through August 12.

April 23, 2016

Mark Curnutte
Enquirer reporter to speak to Cincy Miami alumni group
Woodward Theater, Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Mark Curnutte, '84, will be among the graduates featured at "Creators, Innovators, Illuminators," hosted by the Miami Alumni Association. Registrations due by April 18.

May 8, 2016

Capstone Pictures premiere of LIMBO
ASC Wilks Theatre, 5 p.m.

Students enrolled in the capstone course MAC 414B will present their short film.

May 14, 2016

MJF hosts open house on morning of graduation
Williams Hall, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

MJF will host a Senior Sendoff event on graduation morning. All graduates and their families are invited to the open house, from 10 a.m. to noon on May 14 in the Williams Hall courtyard, lobby and television studio. Coffee and breakfast items are served.

Fall 2016

September 13, 2016

PRSSA membership drive
McGuffey 322, 7 p.m.

The Miami University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is holding a membership drive with FREE PIZZA. Hear more about this pre-professional organization and all of the benefits of getting involved.

September 14, 2016

ABC Nightline Co-Anchor Byron Pitts
Parrish Auditorium (Hamilton campus), 7 p.m.

Byron Pitts presents “How I See It Now: My Remarkable Journey from Illiteracy to Nightline." Sponsored by the Harry T. Wilks Lecture Series.

September 15, 2016

Rick Ludwin
Williams Hall 107C, 7 p.m.

Rick Ludwin (MassCom ’70), former NBC-TV senior vice president for late night and entertainment programming, presents “Election Campaigns and Late Night Television.”

September 20, 2016

Documentary screening with Director Cecelia Peck
ASC Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Director of “Brave Miss World,” Cecelia Peck, speaks at screening of the documentary. The film tells the story of Linor Abargil, who became a global advocate in the fight against sexual violence after she was raped just before being crowned 1998 Miss World. Sponsored by the Hillel Center with more information available on the film’s site.

September 21, 2016

Luis Ferrer presents “Security: A Permanent Challenge for Latin America”
McGuffey Hall 322, 6:30-8 p.m.

Sponsored by the Center for American & World Cultures, with MJF support. Ferrer’s lecture will center on a documentary and analytical research that studied security issues, public policy and violence in Venezuela.

September 22, 2016

Jason Mittell on videographic criticism
Shideler Hall 152, 4 p.m.

Jason Mittell, Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College, will present "Videographic Criticism and New Directions in Film & Media Studies."

September 29-30, 2016

Karlos Hill lectures on the impact of lynching
Shideler Hall 152, 4 p.m.

Karlos Hill, Associate Professor of History at Texas Tech University, speaks about his recently published book, “Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory.” Sponsored by the Black World Studies program, with MJF support.

September 30, 2016

The Incredibles
Irvin Hall, 8 p.m.

The Miami Film Society shows "The Incredibles" outside behind Irvin Hall. Families in town for Family Weekend are welcome; blankets suggested for lawn seating. Discussion will follow.

October 3, 2016

Concussion: Don't Break the Rules, Change the Game
Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Bennett Omalu and Jeanne Marie Laskas present "Concussion: Don't Break the Rules, Change the Game." Admission is free, but tickets must be obtained at the box office beginning Wednesday, September 8.

October 7, 2016

Dr. Strangelove
Art Hall 100, 6 p.m.,

Miami Film Society screens "Dr. Strangelove," the Stanley Kubrick 1964 Cold War satire.

October 7, 2016

48-hour Horror Film Festival
8 p.m., Williams Hall 107

MAFIA (Miami Association of Filmmakers and Independent Actors) presents a 48-hour Horror Film Festival. Students are invited to make a short horror film in two days. No experience required. Questions to Dallas Stiles at

October 10, 2016

Miami President Greg Crawford
Millett Hall, 4 p.m.

Miami President Greg Crawford inauguration and speech. Full details on the office of the president page.

October 13, 2016

Writer/science journalist Sonia Shah
ASC Pavilion C, 7 p.m.

Sonia Shah presents “Pandemics: Tracking Contagion from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond.” Sponsored by the Humanities Center with more details on its site.

October 17, 2016

Sports writer Branson Wright
Williams Hall 107C, 4-5:20 p.m.

Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer Branson Wright presents his documentary about former basketball phenom Dwight Anderson in “The Blur: A Moving Sports Story.” Sponsored by MJF, as class visit for JRN318. Contact instructor Terrence Moore at to check on seating availability.

October 17, 2016

Madeline Albright
Millett Hall, 7 p.m.

Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State, presents the 2016 Anderson Distinguished Lecture Series. Sponsored by the Farmer School of Business.

October 18, 2016

Miami's PRSSA presents Beth Whelley
Kreger Hall 319, 7 p.m.

Whelley is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Fahlgren Mortine, a PR firm in Columbus with 14 locations across the country. A Miami alum, Whelley majored in Communication.

October 20, 2016

Sports, Protest and Civil Rights
Kumler Chapel, 4 p.m.

Terrence Moore presents "Sports, Protest and Civil Rights" as part of the Freedom Summer Dialogue Series called "Understanding the Past, Building the Future." Moore, a sports journalist and adjunct Journalism professor, will focus on how the activism of Colin Kaepernick, John Carlos,Tommie Smith, Muhammad Ali and other athletes have challenged perceived notions of athletes, sports, and civil rights. Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Diversity Affairs.

October 26, 2016

Janus Forum featuring Wendy Sherman
ASC Wilks Theater, 6 p.m.

Wendy Sherman, former undersecretary at State Department and now global policy counselor for Albright Stonebridge Group, and James Stavritis, retired admiral and supreme commander of NATO who is now dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Sponsored by the Political Science Department with more information on the event site.

October 27, 2016

From Oxford to Washington D.C.: Miami grads make their mark on the nation's capitol
Williams Hall 107 (TV Studio), 4 p.m.

18 of the Last 9 guests Marni Goldberg and Emily Siedlak speak. Goldberg is a 2007 JRN grad who served as editor of The Miami Student and is now director of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Siedlak, class of 2008, is a foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State. Sponsored by MJF, Miami SPJ, Miami PRSSA and the Inside Washington Program. Free and open to all.

October 28, 2016

The Miami Film Society hosts a double screening
Art Hall 100, 6 p.m.

The Miami Film Society will screen both "Carrie" and "Martin."

November 1, 2016

Washington Post investigative reporter Joe Stephens
Williams Hall 107 (TV Studio), 4 p.m.

Joe Stephens presents “Investigating Journalism: The Importance of Deep Dive Reporting with Miami Alum Joe Stephens.” Stephens, a 1981 Miami grad and Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton, has reported from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States, covering corporate misdeeds, presidential politics, Afghan reconstruction, the war on terror and more.

November 2, 2016

I Love You Man and Bromance Media
Upham Hall 002, 7 p.m.

Ron Becker, MJF associate professor, presents as part of the Masculinities Film Series. Sponsored by MJF, among other departments and programs.

November 9, 2016

Seeing by Heat: Thermal Media from Drones to Data Centers
Shideler Hall 152, 5 p.m.

Nicole Starosielski’s research focuses on the global distribution of digital media, and the relationship between technology, society, and the aquatic environment. Her book, The Undersea Network, examines the cultural and environmental dimensions of transoceanic cable systems.

November 11, 2016

Love & Death
Art Hall 100, 7 p.m.

The Miami Film Society screens Woody Allen's 1975 American Russian-Napoleonic Era comedy "Love & Death."

November 15, 2016

Michael Perry
Kreger 319, 7 p.m.

PRSSA presents Michael Perry, Vice President of Content Strategy at Vehr Communications. Perry will be speaking about his experience in content strategy, strategic messaging and journalism.

November 16, 2016

J.D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy"
ASC Pavilion C, 12:30 p.m.

J.D. Vance, author of the New York Times bestseller "Hillbilly Elegy," presents "J.D. Vance: From Middletown to Yale to Scholar of Hillbilly Culture." Book signing to follow.

November 17, 2016

Edward P. Jones
Miami University Art Museum, 4 p.m.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will read from his body of work, which is focused on the African-American working class, mostly in Washington D.C.

November 18, 2016

Bringing Up Baby
Art Hall 100, 7 p.m.

The Miami Film Society screens "Bringing Up Baby" with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.

December 1, 2016

Dimitri Pavlounis
Upham Hall Room 209, 4-5 p.m.

A candidate for Assistant Professor of Film Studies and Comparative Media Studies, Pavlounis will give a research presentation entitled "Eluding 'The Big Ear:' Tape Recorders, Martini Olives, and the Paranoid Surveillance Network of The Anderson Tapes."