Past Events

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Spring 2021 Dialogues on Democracy Series

March 8, 2021

Money, Power and Politics: Campaign Finance and American Democracy

Michael Toner, former Chair of the Federal Election Commission, Chief Counsel of the Republican National Committee, General Counsel of the 2000 Bush-Cheney presidential campaign and Counsel for the 1996 Dole-Kemp presidential campaign, is currently a partner at Wiley LLP in Washington, DC and chair of that firm’s Election Law and Government Ethics practice. An adjunct professor of law at the College of William & Mary, Mr. Toner also serves on the Board of Advisors of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. He holds a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in political science from The Johns Hopkins University.

March 1, 2021

Populism and Anti-Populism in American Democracy

Dr. Frank, a nationally prominent political analyst and historian, is a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Harper’s and the author of numerous books on American politics including What’s the Matter With Kansas? (2004), The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule (2008), Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? (2016) and most recently, The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism (2020). Dr. Frank holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.

February 22, 2021

The Laws Behind Jim Crow

Dr. Paschal explores the roots of the Jim Crow era in the American South and how early post-Civil War legal developments fostered the rise of a regime of legalized discrimination and oppression.


Fall 2020 Series

October 26, 2020

Panel discussion: "Pandemics in Historical Perspective"

In this public event, co-sponsored with the Michael J. Colligan History Project, Professor Matthew Smith (Miami University) moderated a discussion of the COVID-19 pandemic, its historical context and its implications for local communities. [Panelists: Dr. Jim Harris (Ohio State University), Dr. Susan Spellman (Miami University), Mr. Ian MacKenzie-Thurley (Fitton Center for Creative Arts), Mr. Joshua Smith (City Manager, Hamilton, Ohio), Ms. Kathy Creighton (Executive Director, Butler County Historical Society).].

October 19, 2020

Menard Family Center for Democracy Fall Lecture -- Brian Stelter, CNN Chief Media Correspondent

In this public event hosted by the Menard Family Center’s John Forren, Mr. Stelter delivered a lecture entitled “The Role of the Media in American Democracy” and answered questions from attending Miami students, faculty, staff and community members. Mr. Stelter also met in advance of his public lecture with a group of Miami student journalists.

October 14, 2020

Town Hall with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

In this live session moderated and hosted by the Menard Family Center’s John Forren, Ohio's chief elections officials discussed the upcoming election and answered questions submitted by participating Miami students, faculty, staff and community members.

October 13, 2020

Meet the Candidates Night

This public forum featured live, one-on-one conversations with 10 candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Ohio General Assembly and various county-wide offices. Co-moderated by the Menard Family Center’s John Forren and co-sponsored with the Journal-News and the League of Women Voters of Oxford.

October 6, 2020

Candidate debate: Ohio House of Representatives, 53rd District

In this session, the major party candidates for election in 2020 to the Ohio House of Representatives from the 53rd District -- Ms. Michelle Novak (D) and Mr. Thomas Hall (R) -- faced off in a public debate co-moderated by the Menard Family Center’s John Forren. Co-sponsored by the Journal-News and the League of Women Voters of Oxford.

September 22, 2020

Candidate debate: Ohio Senate, 4th District

In this session, the three certified candidates for election to the Ohio Senate from the 4th District in 2020 faced off in a public debate co-moderated by the Menard Family Center’s John Forren. Co-sponsored by the Journal-News and the League of Women Voters of Oxford.

September 16, 2020

Moderated discussion:
"The Constitution Needs a Friend Like You"

As the University's main commemoration of Constitution and Citizenship Day, Professor Bruce Petrie led an interactive online discussion of the Constitution’s place in the public imagination and how popular conceptions of constitutional principles shape our political and civic practices.