Citizenship and Democracy Week events planned at Miami Hamilton

Paul Loeb

Paul Loeb

by Ruth Orth, Miami University Regionals

The department of justice and community studies in the College of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences is sponsoring a number of events aimed at exploring civic engagement and the rights, privileges and responsibilities of American citizens.

Sept. 14, Joyce Hulse Manko Memorial Lecture, 7 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.

Keynote speaker, best-selling author and founder of the Campus Election Engagement Project, Paul Loeb will explore the role of ordinary citizens in democratic life and how grassroots activism can lead to significant political and social change in our communities.

Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times, The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear, Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus, Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. Loeb's Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While each won the Nautilus Award for best social change book in their respective years of publication.

A reception and question and answer session will follow the lecture. Funding for this event is provided by the Joyce Hulse Manko Memorial Lecture in Government endowment.

Sept. 15, Ohio Court of Appeals for the 12th District, 10 a.m.–noon in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.

Come and watch your government in action. Observe as the Ohio Court of Appeals for the 12th District hears oral arguments in a special on-campus session.

Sept. 15, Hamilton City Schools’ Board of Education, 7 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.

Take part in a special on-campus meeting of the Hamilton City Schools' Board of Education.

Sept. 16, Social Justice Theater, 5:30-7 p.m. in Studio 307 of Phelps Hall.

In this interactive performance, students at Miami Hamilton will present a short piece of theatre designed to engender the sharing of ideas about social justice and injustice in our communities. Following the performance, audience members will engage in a lively discussion with the performers and other attendees about the themes presented in the piece.

Sept. 17, U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony, 2 p.m. on the campus quad.

Celebrate with approximately 75 new U.S. citizens. Miami Hamilton is hosting the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio for a formal naturalization ceremony at which new citizens will take their oaths of citizenship. Enjoy music provided by Miami's Collegiate Chorale. Rain location is Parrish Auditorium.

These events are also supported by Miami University Oxford’s department of political science and office of community engagement and service, Miami Middletown’s office of community engagement and service and Miami Hamilton’s Center for Civic Engagement, department of theatre, Student Government Association and Student Association for Law and Politics.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information on these events, call (513) 785-7702 or email Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Blvd.