Events

Body Count

August 27; 4pm

Why are so many male-dominated worlds so strongly oriented around reportable, auditable claims? To pursue this question, we need to think about how we should best approach the interrogation of masculinity in its various aspects. The talk aims to situate changes in US masculinity norms to settler wars against Indigenous people, and contemporary ones to racial stratification in economic safety and access to different forms of employment.

Humanities Center Book Club

September 2; 5 - 6:15 pm

In conjunction with Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s virtual visit to Miami University on September 9, the Humanities Center is organizing faculty and staff small-group discussions around her 2020 book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Both Wilkerson’s visit and the book club coincide with next year's Focus Program (formerly “One Year/One Theme”) on Race and Racism. The Humanities Center will provide a free copy of Caste to the first 50 faculty and staff members who express an interest in participating in this book club, which will meet on the afternoon of Thursday, September 2, the week prior to Wilkerson’s talk. Participants will be randomly divided into small groups of five or six at the event itself. Participation is open to any and all interested faculty and staff members at the university.

Labor Day

September 6

A Conversation about Race and Caste

September 9; 5 - 6:30 pm

Isabel Wilkerson is a journalist, best-selling author, and National Humanities Medal recipient. She is the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism. The Warmth of Other Suns, her debut account of the great migration, won several awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her most recent book, Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents, was released in 2020 to wide acclaim. The New York Times called it “an instant American classic” and “almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.” The book argues that caste--a society-wide system of social stratification characterized by notions such as hierarchy, inclusion, exclusion, and purity--is essential to understanding race and racism. Wilkerson has taught at Emory, Princeton, Northwestern, and Boston Universities, and she has worked at newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

"Keynote Address: Kimberly Hamlin, Ph.D. "Are Women Full Citizens? What the Long History of #MeToo Reveals""

September 13; time - TBA

Kimberly Hamlin is a professor of history and global and intercultural studies at Miami University. Her most recent book, "Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener" (W.W. Norton, 2020), explores the story of one of America’s most influential women’s rights activists and a key leader in the movement to enact the 19th Amendment. A public reception follows.

"UniDiversity Latin American & Caribbean Festival"

September 17; 5:30 - 9 pm

The UniDiversity Festival is a collaborative initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in our community, and it is also a chance to learn more about the valuable contributions of the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean peoples and cultures. Every year the UniDiversity festival is the kick-off of a month full of activities encompassed within the National Hispanic Latino American Heritage Month at Miami University, and Oxford Ohio. This community event is a portal for intercultural connections and civic engagement. Free and open to the public.

The Becoming Black of the World

September 23; 5 - 6:30 pm

Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economy Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the author of numerous books, including On the Postcolony, Critique of Black Reason, and Necropolitics. His recent book Out of the Dark Night offers analysis of the paradoxes of the postcolonial moment that points toward new liberatory models of community, humanity, and planetarity. He has an annual visiting appointment at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Study Abroad Fair

September 27; 4 - 7 pm

Explore your options for study and internships abroad at the Fall Study Abroad Fair! Chat with advisors, meet with program directors, network with others, and get ready to #FindYourPlace! Event will be held outdoors.

Dying of Whiteness: The Politics of Racial Resentment and the 2022 Election Cycle

October 21; 5 - 6:30 pm

Jonathan Metzl holds both a MD and a PhD and is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the director of the Department of Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University. A 2008 Guggenheim fellow, Dr. Metzl has written extensively for medical, psychiatric, and popular publications and won several prestigious awards. His books include Prozac on the Couch, Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality, and Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. He currently works for the Safe Tennessee Project, a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization concerned with gun-related injuries and fatalities both nationally and in Tennessee.

Fall Break

October 8-10

Thanksgiving Break

November 24-28

Classes End

December 4

Final Examination week

December 6-11

December Commencement Ceremony

December 10