The Arts and Freedom Summer

50 Years After Freedom Summer: Understanding the Past, Building the Future

Freedom Summer Reunion Celebration

For 1964 activists, community members, friends and students

cultural wallSat, Oct. 11 – National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH
NURFC Visitors have an opportunity to view an exhibition by Larry Collins, Associate Professor of Art at Miami University, entitled “All for the Cause,” 35 mixed-media portraits of civil rights leaders. NURFC Youth docents will present a theatrical production on Freedom Summer, created by Miami University theatre students, (class of Ann Elizabeth Armstrong) directed by Miami theatre alum, Daniel Lees, ('14).

reunionSun, Oct. 12 – Western campus, Peabody Hall, Oxford, OH
Events featured will include an interfaith gathering, walking tours, a location-based game and more.

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Western MemorialConference Schedule of Events and Highlights

Monday, October 13
Opening session
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

The conference opens with a panel discussion of leading civil rights works and contemporary civil rights activists discussing the role of the civil rights movement in the past and present: “Understanding the Past, Building the Future,” with moderator Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries, and panelists Thomas Dutton, Professor of Architecture at Miami University and other participants Charles Cobb, Brown University; Gloria Wade Gayles, Spelman College; Clifton Kilpatrick; Hanan Sabea, The American University in Cairo (AUC).

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Herbert RandallCelebrating Freedom Summer at the Art Museum

Sept. 6 – Dec. 6, 2014
Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Gallery Talk with Herbert Randall

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This milestone anniversary exhibition of the Photographs of Herbert Randall commemorates the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Project, featuring over 100 photos printed from the original negatives taken by photojournalist Herbert Randall. 

A Student Response Exhibition (Spring 2015) with submissions welcomed by all Miami students. Call for entries deadline is October 17. More information>>

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George Hoxie imagePeople Get Ready – Meditations on Freedom Summer

Monday, October 13
7:30 pm, Hall Auditorium
Performances by the Miami University Gospel Singers,
Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble
FREE! Tickets available Sept. 10, limit 2

The Performing Arts Series presents this special evening of dramatic readings, interpretations, and music of the early 60's. Directed by Professor of Music, Tammy Kernodle and Paul Jackson, Professor of Theatre, the program will highlight a variety of genres to include folk music, solo piano, as well as classical and jazz stylings. Performed by faculty and students of the departments of music and theatre, the performance will serve as a dedication and reflection of 50 years past. 

Sponsored by the Center for American & World Cultures and the Western College Alumnae Association

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Freedom Summer Tours"Walk With Me" Tours

Interested in the local history of the civil rights movement? Are you looking for an engaging experience for your class? Are you interested in issues of diversity? The “Walk With Me” Freedom Summer Walking Tour is a 45 minute student–led interactive experience that immerses students in the events surrounding Freedom Summer 1964.

Two tour guides will take you into the inner thoughts of Freedom Summer volunteers as recorded letters and diaries from 1964—bridging the past to the present. Reserve a tour for your class or group by sending an email to:

Tours are offered during daylight hours, through Oct. 31, 2014. Tour request deadline is Sept. 8 for fall 2014.

sculptureNew Sculpture for Freedom Summer Memorial Site by Miami Artists

BFA and MFA Studio students/grads Jesse Thayer ('14), Brandon Lowery and Nathan Foley, MFA ('14) are creating sculptures to commemorate the 50th anniversary celebration. The pieces will become part of a permanent installation on the Freedom Summer memorial site. The fabrication of three steel trees will interact with three live trees with chimes suspended from them and approximately 12' in height. 

ArmstrongAIMS, Theatre, and CDS Awarded Grant for Location-Based Game

Associate Professor of Theatre Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, Assistant Professor Bob De Schutter, and their Center for Digital Scholarship librarian Elias Tzoc have been awarded a $59,994 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a prototype for a location-based game about the role Western College for Women (now Miami's Western campus) played in Freedom Summer. The startup funds will be used to create an app and a Web-based game for her project, "Orientation to the Mississippi Summer Project: An Interactive Quest for Social Justice." Read more>>