Event Spotlights

Sherry Corbett Lecture Series

The Sherry Corbett Memorial Lecture Series commemorates the life and teachings of Sherry Corbett who tragically died in 2002. Dr. Corbett taught Sociology, Criminology and Gerontology courses at Miami University for more than 25 years. She was a superb teacher, well-liked by her students and had a significant impact on students, colleagues, and others affiliated with Miami University and their community.

Interested in Being Part of the Lecture Series?

If you know of colleagues from Miami who would be good selections for our alumni speaker series, or if you would like come present, please contact us. We love to have alumni share experiences with our students. Your time and contributions would be a gift to them, a gift to us, and a gift in memory of a person who was a wonderful professor, who loved her profession, her students, and who gave to Miami and to her community.

Bridging Activism and the Academy: Exposing Environmental Injustices through Photovoice

Dr. Shannon Elizabeth Bell

In this talk, Professor Shannon Elizabeth Bell argues that social scientists are frequently positioned in such a way that they can serve as links between the people they study and policymakers, providing an avenue for exposing the ways that policies negatively affect the health, safety, and well-being of disenfranchised groups. Through presenting a "Photovoice" project she conducted with 54 women living in five coal-mining communities in southern West Virginia, Professor Bell demonstrates how this method of participatory action research can be used for social science inquiry while simultaneously providing an opportunity for research participants' stories to be heard - and acted upon - by those with political power.