Month of Human Rights and Social Justice Events Scheduled at Miami Regionals

Human Rights and Social Justice Awareness month November 2017Miami University Regionals is sponsoring a number of events for its annual Human Rights and Social Justice Month, beginning on Nov. 2. Events will take place on both the Middletown and Hamilton campuses as well as at the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester. The Hamilton Campus events in particular will have a special focus of the impact of life sentences on prisoners and their families. All events are free and open to the public.

Nov. 2, Carnival of Learning, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Main Hallway in Johnston Hall, Middletown Campus. Students from Educational Psychology 201 Human Development and Learning will host this fun event to test your knowledge about equity in America. Free pizza and prizes.

Nov. 8, Book Reading & Discussion: The Sinking of the Susan B. Anthony: Heroism on D-Day Plus 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 142 in Johnston Hall, Middletown Campus. What's it like to survive the bombing and sinking of your ship during one of the greatest battles of the 20th century? Gina Petonito will read from her novel, which is a fictional account of her father's experience as a baker on the Susan B. Anthony during the D-Day invasion. She will read against a backdrop of historical photos and articles that she used to create the story.

Nov. 9, Film Screening America's Diplomats & Speaker Todd P. Schwartz, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Verity Lodge, Middletown Campus. From Ben Franklin to Benghazi, America's Diplomats will take us inside the Foreign Service and behind the scenes of U.S. Foreign Policy. Discover the role our diplomats play in shaping American history. Uncover the origins of our Foreign Service, and the danger American diplomats face far from home.

Todd P. Schwartz, Executive Director of the European American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cincinnati will be on hand after the screening to share his first hand experiences. Schwartz retired from the Foreign Service of the United States in September 2015 with the personal rank of Counselor (roughly equivalent to Brigadier General). He joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in 1987.

Nov. 13, Film Screening & Discussion: 13TH, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton Campus. Director Ava Duvernay's 2016 multiple-award-winning documentary film 13TH explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. Winner of four Emmys, a Peabody Award and the BAFTA for Best Documentary.

Nov. 15, Incarceration is a Family Issue, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton Campus. Katrina Wilson, CEO of Freedom Community Development Corporation and the Restoring Hope Collaborative, and coordinator for Butler-Warren Reentry Coalition, is a community advocate who works with returning citizens and their families after incarceration. Her talk will examine incarceration as a family issue and as a social justice issue.

Nov. 16, Film Screening & Discussion: Mothers of Bedford, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Seminar Room 1, Hamilton Campus. Director Jenifer McShane's 2016 award-winning documentary film Mothers of Bedford explores the effects of a long-term prison sentence on the mother-child relationship.

Nov. 29, Film Screening & Discussion: Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More, 7 p.m., Miami's Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester. This film is from the critically acclaimed Eyes on the Prize Series which profiles the emergence of various separatist movements during 1964-1972. The film discusses Muhammad Ali's conversion to Islam and the impact this statement made to the society; the student movement to make the Historic Black College Howard University a truly "Black" University; and the meeting of the 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana.

The 10th Annual Human Rights and Social Justice Program at the Hamilton campus is generously sponsored by the Miami Regionals Dean's Office, the Miami Regionals Office of Diversity & Multicultural Services, the Miami Regionals Center for Civic Engagement, the Department of Literatures, Languages, & Writing, and Rentschler Library. For more information on events at the Hamilton campus, located at 1601 University Blvd., call (513) 785-3034.

Human Rights and Social Justice programs at the Middletown campus are generously sponsored by the Middletown's campus Diversity Council, Verity Traditions, and the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council. For more information on events at the Middletown campus, located at 4200 N. University Blvd., (513)217-4179.

Miami's Voice of America Learning Center is located at 7847 VOA Park Drive, at the corner of VOA Park Drive and Cox Road in West Chester.