Miami Regionals sponsor women's history events

by Ruth Orth, Miami University Regionals

Miami University Regionals are sponsoring a number of events for Women’s History Month. The events are focusing on Aspects of Being Women: From Family to the Political Arena.

March 1, Women's History Month Read-In, noon in the Diversity and Multicultural Center, 114 Rentschler Hall, Miami Hamilton. Students, faculty and staff are asked to read from their favorite works by women writers. Lunch will be provided.

March 10, screening and discussion of “Miss Representation,” 4 p.m. in 312 Mosler Hall, Miami Hamilton.  “Miss Representation” exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

March 15, Women’s Journeys, Women’s Voices: The Refugee Experience, 1– 2:30 p.m. in 142 Campus & Community Center, Miami Middletown. Hear the voices of women refugees living in Southwest Ohio. Invitations have been made to refugees from a variety of areas including Bhutan, Burundi, Iraq and Syria.

The United States welcomes nearly 70,000 refugees per year and in the past year more than 2,800 refugees resettled in Ohio.  While refugees are among us, in many cases they may be invisible and their voices not heard. For more information, contact Mel Cohen at (513)727-3366 or 

March 17, screening and discussion of “The Mask You Live In,” 4 p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami Hamilton. “The Mask You Live In” follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

March 28, Issues Facing Women in Politics with Cathina Clinton-Hourani and Suzi Rubin, 12:15 p.m. in 12 Johnston Hall, Miami Middletown. Two local women who are active in the political arena will discuss the problems, challenges and rewards facing women in politics today. Rubin is vice mayor and a former board of education member in Monroe and a candidate for Ohio State Assembly. Clinton-Hourani is a former delegate to the Democratic Convention and a former candidate for Ohio State Assembly.

March 29, book discussion: The Red Tent, noon, in STAR Lounge 2 of Garner-Harvey Library, Miami Middletown. Author Anita Diamant paints a story through the eyes of Dinah, sharing the character’s perspectives on the origins of many modern religious practices and sexual politics and imparting the lessons she has learned from her father's wives.

March 30, Author Mary Erdmans meets readers, 11 a.m. in Gardner-Harvey Library, Miami Middletown. Meet Mary Erdmans, the co-author of On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy. She is currently a professor of sociology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The Gardner-Harvey Library has five free copies of On Becoming a Teen Mom available. Stop by the info desk in the library to get your copy.

March 30, lecture - On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy, 1 p.m. in Seminar Room 3 of the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami Hamilton. Mary Erdmans, sociologist, author and educator, will discuss the complex issues overlooked by popular pregnancy prevention campaigns focused at teens and how the intersecting hierarchies of gender and race shape their biographies.

Special literary displays in honor of Women's History Month:

  • Miami Middletown’s Gardner-Harvey Library— books written by women authors.
  • Miami Hamilton’s Rentschler Library — books and images related to the representation of women in the media, body image, and body diversity.

Feel free to browse through the selections, and check out one that interests you.

Is the U.S. ready for a woman president?

Come to the discussion board in Hawk Haven and express your opinion. There will be photos of women heads of state from throughout the world on display.

The display will be available throughout the month of March in honor of Women's History Month and advancing the Miami Middletown Women’s History Month theme of Aspects of Being a Woman: From Family to the Political Arena.

Writing Contest

All Miami University Regionals students may submit an essay, poem, prose, fiction, research paper or any form of creative writing using the theme of “Writing Women into History.”

The submission deadline is Friday, March 25.

Email two copies of your work (one without your name) to John Tassoni, the writing contest coordinator, at The first place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Miami Middletown or Miami Hamilton bookstore, and the second place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate.

Events are free and open to the public.