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Miami Jewish community reflects true meaning of Hanukkah amid national tension

December 6, 2018

For the Miami University Jewish community, now is the time for rededication and reflection of faith. Hanukkah, which runs December 2-10, is the 8-day Jewish festival of lights …

International students sharpen their English skills, build connections at Conversation Café

December 5, 2018

American Culture and English (ACE) Program students at Miami attend an assigned session of Conversation Café once a week to supplement a required ACE course. It's one of the more enjoyable parts of their curriculum …

Former Miami professor returns to campus to present lecture on the story of Emmett Till

December 3, 2018

The 2018 American Studies biennial lecture, "Emmett Till: Why His Story Still Matters," was held on Wednesday, November 18 and presented by Elliott Gorn, the Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in urban history at Loyola University Chicago …

Urban & regional planning majors tackle real-world issues in Chicago

November 26, 2018

Every year, assistant professor of geography Damon Scott teaches GEO 493 - Urban Field Experience, a geography capstone in which urban & regional planning (URP) majors travel to Chicago for two separate weekends. The goal of the class is for students to learn about contemporary urban planning issues from community leaders, planning professionals and neighborhood organizations …

Mexican history class looks for learning on the other side of the border

November 15, 2018

Elena Albarrán, associate professor of history and global and intercultural studies, listens as a student asks if her peers have seen pictures — hundreds of Central American families migrating toward the U.S. In this Mexican history course, there's no shortage of current events to tie in. From food and heritage, the Mexican-American War and Cinco de Mayo, ongoing lessons include drug cartels, popular culture, NAFTA and President Donald Trump's calls for a border wall …

As hate crimes rise across the U.S., a Miami team researches political motivations and prosecution

November 15, 2018

Michael Loadenthal, visiting assistant professor of sociology and social justice, researches political violence and attributes the increase to shifts in U.S. political discourse, which he said is moving toward authoritarianism, nativism, and nationalism …

Miami's study abroad program is in the top five nationally among public universities

November 14, 2018

Miami ranks No. 4 — sharing top recognition with William and Mary, Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia — according to the Open Doors 2018 report released November 13 by the Institute of International Education …

Western Program announces its launch of Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation in fall 2019

November 12, 2018

On Saturday, October 27, Western College Program alumni, faculty, and current students all gathered for a special announcement: the launch of the new Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation, which in fall 2019 will introduce new programming to promote inquiry and action in addressing problems at the intersections of science and social impact …

Guest lecturer and political scientist Graeme Robertson discusses Vladimir Putin and the future of Russia

November 7, 2018

As part of the biannual Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series, Graeme Robertson was invited to present the lecture "Putin V. The People? The Precarious Politics of A Divided Russia" on Tuesday, October 23 in the Harry T. Wilks Theater …

Miami's Alexander Hamilton Society chapter hosts prestigious guest to discuss Russian cyber warfare and its influence on U.S. elections

November 5, 2018

On Monday, October 22, members of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) held an open debate featuring Vance Serchuk, executive director of the global investment firm KKR Global Institute, and Emily Channell-Justice, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies …

Anthropologist Jason De León describes the plight of migrants in the "Land of Open Graves" at the U.S.-Mexican border

November 1, 2018

Jason De León came to Miami on October 18 to deliver the 2018 Faber Scholar Lecture in honor of International Archaeology Day, presented by the Department of Anthropology and University Honors Program …

Misinterpretation of early archaeology led to stories of aliens and witches

October 30, 2018

Jeb Card's latest book, Spooky Archaeology: Myth and Science of the Past (University of New Mexico Press, 2018), traced the roots of many of today's myths to the Victorian era and in the early 20th century, before the field of archaeology became professionalized …

Navarro and Katyal largely agree on state of Supreme Court and the future of American democracy

October 30, 2018

On Wednesday, October 17, students, faculty, and community members gathered in Miami's Harry T. Wilks Theater for a political debate discussing the current situation of the Supreme Court and the future of American democracy …

Miami Tribe of Oklahoma awarded national honor for cultural and language revitalization

October 25, 2018

The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma has received a prestigious national award recognizing its cultural heritage and language revitalization program, which has resulted in the first generation in nearly 100 years learning to speak the Myaamia language. The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development presented tribal leaders with an Honoring Nations Award, with the distinction of honors …

Who's watching you? New report details how digital advertising is being used as a political weapon

October 24, 2018

Matthew Crain, assistant professor of media and culture at Miami University, has co-authored a newly released report, "Weaponizing the Digital Influence Machine: The Political Perils of Online Ad Tech," describing what the authors coined as the Digital Influence Machine and its ability to use targeted advertising in order to reach people at their most vulnerable …

Former U.S. Representative Steve Driehaus returns to Miami

October 24, 2018

Steve Driehaus ('88), former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 1st Congressional District, visited the Department of Political Science from October 1-4 as this year's Visiting Fellow in Public Leadership to give lectures and teach a 3-day short course on the legislative process …

Legal expert Benjamin Wittes gives 7th Annual Darrell West Lecture for the Dept of Political Science

October 19, 2018

Benjamin Wittes, a nationally renowned expert on legal and US national security policy and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings Institution, came to Miami on September 26 to give the 7th annual Darrell West Lecture in American Politics …

"Locate, excavate, and contextualize": collaborative-community research in Indigenous communities

October 16, 2018

On October 1, Mindy Morgan presented a lecture, "Untangling the Web: Indigenous Linguistic and Cultural Knowledge and Americanist Anthropology," which explored the synthesis of her work from the last 20 years focusing on the opportunities and challenges of linguistic and cultural revitalization of Native American communities …

Commitment to democracy and challenges to sovereignty in Lithuania

October 12, 2018

Many students, as well as university faculty and members of the Lithuanian Club, attended a September 26 lecture and luncheon with His Excellency Rolandas Kriščiūnas, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United States and Mexico …

Kala Allen lifts up the voiceless through research and volunteerism

October 10, 2018

Miami alumna Kala Allen still hears her longtime friend's voice when she does research. Brian committed suicide when Allen was 19. Four years later, Allen is now in Nigeria, Africa. The recipient of a coveted Fulbright U.S. Student Program award in psychology, she's studying cultural differences between Western and developing nations related to suicide and looking for what is common …