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Hardship or Hope? Miami students study the American Dream in small-town Iowa

May 27, 2021

Studying Storm Lake, Iowa was intentional, but the timing came unexpectedly. Faculty lead Andrew Offenburger, associate professor of history, graduated from Buena Vista University there in 1998 but, back then, didn't realize how globalization shaped the town around him. It wasn't until two years ago, when his Argentinian wife María became a U.S. citizen, that he thought more systematically about the stories of others working toward a life in the U.S. …

Miami students celebrate diversity with Horizon, Lavender ceremonies

May 13, 2021

Graduating senior Alexandra Hernandez can't wait to start the next phase of her life after she earns a bachelor's degree from Miami University this weekend. The Lima, Ohio woman double majored in international studies and Spanish with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies. She hopes to teach English abroad later this year or in early 2022 …

Four authors discuss mental health and addiction during Miami's annual creative writing lecture series

May 13, 2021

For the 2021 edition of the annual Marianne D. McComb Series in Creative Writing, hosted by the Department of English, the theme was centered on mental health and addiction. The month-long series was originally scheduled as a two-day conference in 2020 and was adapted to a Zoom event this spring …

MUDEC Students Reflect on Cold War Politics in Croatia

May 6, 2021

Students of HST 250 - Comparative Cold War Childhoods spent the semester learning about the construction of an ideologically binary world on both sides of the Iron Curtain, but their study tour to Zadar, Croatia gave them new insights about the nuances of Cold War geopolitics. Croatia, as part of former Yugoslavia under the socialist regime of Josep Broz Tito, defied communist and capitalist control as a leader of the Non-Aligned Movement …

CAS students tackle interdisciplinary COVID-19 research at Miami's annual Undergraduate Research Forum

May 6, 2021

The 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum, held on April 21 over Zoom, featured over 500 Miami student researchers giving a total of 220 presentations. With support from their faculty mentors, students presented their year-long research projects that were conducted in a variety of disciplines and approaches, such as community projects, independent studies, service-learning projects, and creative projects. Of the nearly 200 research projects led by students in the College of Arts and Science, at least 14 were focused on COVID-19 …

Students showcase their geological research at Miami's first geoscience symposium

May 5, 2021

The Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science (GLG) organized their first annual Geosciences Student Research Symposium (GSRS) this spring. Held April 14 via Zoom, the symposium featured 17 research presentations from undergraduate and graduate students …

English professors strive to keep students engaged in an age of entirely virtual learning

May 3, 2021

Teaching English 495, a literature and cultural theory capstone, associate professor Anita Mannur has incorporated cooking sessions as part of her course, with students cooking various dishes and sharing the results. Likewise, associate professor Sara Webb-Sunderhaus, in her third year of teaching at Miami, has switched the intro-level English 111 class to an entirely virtual operation with the assistance of graduate teaching assistants …

Panelists discuss structural factors that impact high-risk group experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 22, 2021

Kathie Brinkman, an Oxford community member who serves as an advocate for her 95-year-old mother in assisted living, and Courtney Hineman, a community outreach advocate for the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities as well as the co-leader of the Speak Up Self-Advocacy Program, spoke as panelists about the COVID-19 pandemic on April 6 via Zoom …

A new study shows Asian Americans are struggling due to discrimination during the pandemic

April 15, 2021

Data collected from Asian Americans about their experiences of discrimination during the pandemic show some troubling effects, according to Miami University's Vaishali Raval. Raval and her co-researcher, Virginia Huynh of California State University—Northridge, are awaiting review from the Journal of Asian American Psychology for their study, "The psychological impact of racial discrimination towards Asian Americans amidst Covid-19, the so-called 'China' virus" …

CAS expands its focus on diversity, equality, and inclusion for students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Miami community

April 14, 2021

As part of a renewed initiative to help demonstrate Miami University's "philosophy and belief that a diverse academic community is among an institution's greatest strengths," the College of Arts and Science (CAS) has significantly broadened its efforts to develop and offer new programs and resources devoted to diversity, equity, and inclusion …

Valuing Water MiniConference educates the public on importance of clean water

March 31, 2021

On March 19, the Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation sponsored and organized the four-session half-day Valuing Water MiniConference: An Environmental and Sociocultural Exploration of Water. A service project on March 20 also took place at Four Mile Creek Restoration with Three Valley Conservation Trust …

Bipartisan discussion between Valerie Jarrett and Marc Short on the new administration takes center stage at Miami's Janus Forum

March 29, 2021

This semester's Janus Forum, held on March 16 over Zoom, centered around President Biden's first 100 days in office, the COVID-19 relief bills, and bipartisanship in American politics today. The two speakers were Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to former president Barack Obama, and Marc Short, Chief of Staff to former Vice President Mike Pence …

Humanities Center's Altman Program sheds light on the topic of mass migrations

March 24, 2021

Each year the Miami University Humanities Center hosts the John W. Altman Program in the Humanities, a series of public events and research focusing on an annual theme. For this year's theme on "Migrations" a recent talk was held on March 11 over Zoom and given by University of Chicago professor of East European history Tara Zahra …

Strippel Series Tackles Inequities in Pandemic Response

March 23, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, and vaccines are gradually rolling out, researchers have reported troubling disparities when it comes to underrepresented populations. So when it came time to choose a theme for this year's Robert E. Strippel Memorial Fund for Continuing Dialogue on Justice and Human Rights Annual Program, the coronavirus response of the state of Ohio came into focus …

History professor's research focuses on modern Russian history

March 15, 2021

Recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Scholar award from Miami, Dr. Stephen Norris, Walter E. Havighurst Professor of History and Director, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, took time to discuss recent projects. Norris's research focuses on modern Russian history with an emphasis on visual culture and propaganda since the 19th Century …

Freedom Rider Betty Daniels Rosemond shares her story with Miami students

March 15, 2021

Betty Daniels Rosemond, a Freedom Rider who fought for racial justice, spoke with Miami students in instructor of social justice Mark Curnutte's class on Thursday, March 4 to share her experiences as a member of The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in 1961 …

Ohio officials to share insight on the pandemic's impact on health equity and social justice

March 11, 2021

The Center for American and World Cultures, through its Robert E. Strippel Memorial Fund, has organized an online panel series beginning on Tuesday, March 16 to discuss the disproportionate impacts of Covid-19 in underrepresented communities …

GIC Career Day offers insight into the job world from an interdisciplinary perspective

March 11, 2021

On March 3, over 140 students, faculty, and alumni participated in GIC Career Day, hosted by the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies (GIC). The three-part event featured a resume workshop, a LinkedIn and Alumni Connect workshop" …

Miami receives national award for investing in supplier diversity

March 10, 2021

Miami University has been awarded the inaugural Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2021 Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The national award honors colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and engage with minority-owned businesses through supplier diversity offices, unique programs and leading initiatives …

Call for papers is open for National Civil Rights Conference

March 10, 2021

Miami University will host the 10th Annual National Civil Rights Conference in summer of 2021. The conference was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic …

Miami University dedicates Nellie Craig Walker Hall after first Black graduate

February 24, 2021

Miami University officials on Wednesday dedicated the former Campus Avenue Building as Nellie Craig Walker Hall after the university's first Black graduate. The Oxford native graduated from Miami in 1905, having earned a two-year teaching certificate. She became the first Black educator to student-teach in the community's public schools to a mixed-race class …

Miami dedicates residence hall lobbies to honor slain Freedom Summer activists

February 24, 2021

Miami University on Wednesday honored the lives of three slain Freedom Summer activists by dedicating residence hall lobbies after them near the grounds where they trained during Freedom Summer in 1964. Michael Schwerner, 24, James Chaney, 21, and Andrew Goodman, 20, were among approximately 800 volunteers who trained at the Western College for Women, which is now part of Miami's Western campus …

Miami University names Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins spring commencement speaker

February 18, 2021

Miami University President Greg Crawford has announced that Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins will be the commencement speaker at Miami's spring ceremony. The university has not yet announced a decision on whether the ceremony, slated for 10:30 am Saturday, May 15, will be in-person or virtual as officials continue to monitor the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the feasibility of large gatherings …