Films, plays, talks and festivals highlight human and civil rights

By Susan Meikle, university news and communications

Human rights, civil rights, suffering, hope and change are among diverse topics in films, plays and talks at Miami Oct. 19-27. A series of fun festivals caps the end of the month.  

For more events, view the Diversity and Inclusion Events calendar and the Oxford Events , Hamilton Events and Middletown Events calendars.

aids-filmWednesday, Oct. 19: “How to Survive a Plague”  — award-winning documentary about the AIDS epidemic

4 p.m., Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton

Film screening and discussion of “How to Survive a Plague” a 2012 American documentary film about the early years of the AIDS epidemic and the efforts of ACT UP and TAG. Directed by David France, a journalist who covered AIDS from its beginnings in the 1980s, it was a 2012 nominee for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. 

Wednesday, Oct. 19: “Salam Neighbor” — a film about life in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

salam-film6 p.m., 212 MacMillan Hall, Oxford

Film screening and discussion of “Salam (Hello) Neighbor,” an award-winning film and campaign to connect the world to refugees.

Part of the Syria at the Crossroads Program and the Human Rights and Social Justice Film Series sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC).

Thursday, Oct. 20: Human Trafficking in Ohio – Taking Responsibility for Change

trafficking1 p.m., Art Museum Auditorium, Oxford

Panel discussion of human trafficking in Ohio, with guest speakers Lilleana Cavanaugh, executive director, Ohio Commission on Hispanic Latino Affairs, and Kristin Rost, director, Ohio Children's Trust Fund. Sponsored by the Honors Student Advisory Board with support from the Center for American and World Cultures and the Ohio Commission on Hispanic Latino Affairs.

Part of the CAWC's  Human Rights and the Social Justice Program.

terence-mooreThursday, Oct. 20: Freedom Summer Dialogue with Terence Moore - “Sports, Protest & Civil Rights”

4 p.m., Kumler Chapel, Oxford

Sports journalist Terence Moore will speak about Colin Kaepernick, John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Muhammad Ali and others — athletes whose political stances and public acts of protest challenge perceived notions of athletes, sports and civil rights. This is the second event in the Freedom Summer Dialogue series hosted by the office of the president, the department of institutional diversity, university archives, office of diversity affairs, university communications and marketing and the Western College Association.

Saturday, Oct. 22: “Every 28 Hours” —  72 one-minute plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement

28-hours7 p.m., Gates-Abegglen Theatre, Center for Performing Arts, Oxford

Featuring a series of 72 one-minute scripts done as readings on topics of race, identity, and social justice, performed by Miami and Oxford community members and produced by the department of theatre.

"Every 28 Hours" is a national partnership focused on the widely shared and contested statistic that every 28 hours a black person is killed by a vigilante, a security guard or the police in the United States.  The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) co-produce Every 28 Hours, a national theatrical collaboration reflecting this time in civil rights in the United States. 

Three Fun Gatherings— Everyone is Welcome
pumpkinTuesday, Oct. 25: Party With a Purpose: Halloween Edition

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton

Come socialize, eat and play games with fellow students, staff, faculty, and adults with developmental disabilities from the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Hosted by the Miami Hamilton Center for Civic Engagement with students from Hamilton’s Rotaract club and many student volunteers.

foodWednesday, Oct. 26:  (MUH) and Thursday, Oct. 27 (MUM): Appalachian/Italian Fest

Noon-2 p.m. Oct. 26, Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 27, Room 142 Campus and Community Center, Middletown

Appalachian and Italian food and culture. Sponsored by the Miami regionals office of diversity and multicultural services.

pumpkinThursday, Oct. 27: Pumpkin Pride

5:30–7:30 p.m., 121 McGuffey Hall, Oxford

Celebrate the diversity of the Miami community and the bounty of the fall season. Enjoy games, refreshments and other activities that welcome and celebrate Halloween in a fun, safe environment. Sponsored by the Women's Center.